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Feb
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answered How Many German Born American Citizens served for the U.S. in World War II?
Feb
28
comment How Many German Born American Citizens served for the U.S. in World War II?
The question as stated could be revised to remove the opinion sections and fit with the nature of this site. I understand and respect why you are asking the question, though in an academic sense the answer won't change if the reasoning is removed and it distracts from getting the data you want.
Feb
26
comment Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?
@twosheds Finally thank you for the discourse. While I would normally write an answer yours is going to be the reference on this topic for the foreseeable future and I appreciate your willingness to take things into consideration.
Feb
26
comment Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?
@twosheds That's fair, I am particularly sensitive on that issue because I feel that perpetuating the idea that the Americas were 1000+ years behind Europe and Asia is inaccurate at best and offensive at worst. Your points are well made though I wouldn't mind seeing some of that in the answer as well.
Feb
26
comment Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?
@twosheds The population point is valid. The issue that I think still remains is why did the Americas produce one disease and Europe produced dozens. Even with reductions in trade and populations it fails in my mind to account for that shortfall. I would offer for your consideration the theories that look at the Americas lack of large land mammals and domesticatable creatures to explain that.
Feb
26
comment Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?
@twosheds I agree, there's nothing equivalent to the Mediterranean in the Americas and trade there would be of a different character. But as it applies to disease I'm not sure there's a substantive enough difference to say it answers the original question. Items from S America made their way up to the Great Lakes and by all indications trade was a consistent force over the centuries. In both cases the flow of goods should reflect a flow of disease as well so I don't think that answers the original question.
Feb
26
comment Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?
@twosheds ...In some estimates N America would be in the same ballpark as the population of Europe. For long periods of time trade between Asia and Europe simply didn't exist. The Silk Road was a byproduct of Mongol rule, not a persistent phenomenon. In both cases it's hard to say by exactly how much they were different, and it's possible they weren't as far off as we assume. The problem is that so much of the evidence in the Americas was either not researched or has been destroyed. In light of that I think the answer should focus what we do know rather than speculative numbers.
Feb
26
comment Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?
@twosheds - My main issue is that your argument, as it currently exists, rests on a lot of assumptions not supported by evidence. "American population densities just don't compare to Europe, India, or Asia." and "not as intense as in Eurasia." can certainly have truth to them but since so much relies on those numbers there needs to be more there...
Feb
26
comment Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?
The answer to this question can be explained by one factor: A mass extinction of domesticatable animals roughly 13K years ago led to a near total absence of zoonotic diseases, which in turn led to the people of the Americas having no cultural or biological defenses against them when they arrived. The Americas were so susceptible to disease because of a dense and interconnected population, not in spite of them. Revising the answer to one that fits with the historical evidence and deals with the logical inconsistencies in points 2 and 3 would earn an upvote.
Feb
26
comment Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?
This answer buys wholeheartedly into the myth that the early Americas were sparsely populated and separated into isolated tribes. The assumption flies in the face of a whole host of evidence. Artifacts across the country show a thriving trade network was in place for long periods before Columbus. Firsthand accounts from the late 1400s/early 1500s described a densely populated continent.
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May
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comment Was Christianity the first belief system which encouraged the ideal of peace among all people on Earth?
@RichardTingle The key here is looking at religions as historical movements and Christianity is undoubtedly Christ worship. Yes the Bible includes the Old Testament, but looking at Christians as a group they are far more concerned with the preachings of Jesus. While the wording of the original question seems improperly biased in favor of Christianity, cherry picking a quote about violence from a set of teachings that Christians are decidedly ambivalent about seems improperly biased against it.
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Mar
14
answered In WWII, why did people not run away from executions?
Feb
6
comment Has the American Civil War led to any significant innovations in 19th-century warfare?
@PieterGeerkens Please read my comments and relate them back to your answer. The point of the comments section is to improve your answer or raise criticism. What purpose is there for me to reiterate what you said, particularly if I don't think it properly answers the question? The short version: The question asks for things that were invented during the Civil War and influenced warfare afterwards, and you listed three things that were all invented and implemented decades earlier, not during the Civil War. They are interesting points, but they don't answer the original question.
Feb
6
comment Has the American Civil War led to any significant innovations in 19th-century warfare?
@PieterGeerkens The first point I agree with, cover was more important in the Civil War. However, taking cover was still common practice in the armies of Revolutionary France, so it wasn't an entirely new idea, and there are good reasons to not take cover: loading is faster, discipline is easier, denser formations are safer against cavalry, and cover helps less against hundreds of inaccurate muskets firing less than 80 yards away. The reason cover became significant is because the weapons and the battlefield changed to make it more advantageous, and your answer didn't quite explain that.