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Dec
9
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
The last recorded use of the cutlass by the Royal Navy was in Feb 1940 when the Navy boarded the German ship the Altmark to release British prisoners. There was a degree of hand to hand fighting with bayonets and the cutlass.
Nov
28
awarded  Teacher
Nov
28
answered Sieges: Average Attacker to Defender Ratio in Middle Ages
Nov
18
comment Do British peers have a special way of signing their names?
Commoners cannot sign with just their surname? Of course they can. You can sign how you like using as much or as little of your name as you want. You do not even need to use your name. For example my grandmothers father was illiterate and so signed her birth certificate with an X with the registrar countersigning the X as as my great grandfathers mark.
Apr
4
comment Did the Roman Empire extend as far north as the Romans could grow wine?
No Young Guilo, the Romans went well into Caledonia, modern-day Scotland, and actually built a second wall, The Antonine Wall, some 100 miles further north of Hadrian's Wall which is would seem to be the farthest north they went. Although one assumes they would have scouted even further north to locate the best place to build the new wall. It was abandoned after 20 years or so but still marks the furthest north the Romans "Conquered". Assuming as you say the Romans controlled parts of Russia tell me which parts in both Roman and modern terminology please.
Mar
28
comment Did the Roman Empire extend as far north as the Romans could grow wine?
Balklands? The furthest north the Romans went in terms of land they ruled was northern Britain, Caledonia. They ruled the whole of what are now known as the Balkans, part way up the Black Sea towards modern Russia and Crimea but it would be Dacia, roughly modern Romania you might be thinking of but it has never been part of Russia. Was conquered late in the empire by Trajan but abandoned by his successors. The Byzantine Empire, arguably still the Roman Empire held sway over Kiev and parts of the Rus through religion marriage and alliances but did not "conquer" militarily.
Mar
28
comment How many different countries could a person alive today have lived in without leaving their hometown?
I bet the residents were glad when not in Russia as the Russian winters are so cold.
Sep
16
comment Why did the US drop nuclear bombs on a weakened Japan?
I do not think that by any stretch of the imagination was Japan "ready to surrender". All American pacific operations were met with fierce resistance which increased rather than diminished as they got closer to and started taking home islands. Even after both bombs had been dropped there was still significant resistance to surrender and it was only the direct and unprecedented intervention of Hirohito that changed the balance. Many Japanese would have preferred to see Japan destroyed rather than surrender.
Sep
2
awarded  Commentator
Sep
2
comment Was the enclosure responsible for the supply of factory workers in 18th and 19th Century England?
For anyone interested, and in, or visiting, the UK there is still a fully working three field system at the village of Laxton in North Nottinghamshire.
Sep
2
comment Was the enclosure responsible for the supply of factory workers in 18th and 19th Century England?
Just point you say "reorganize the small strip field system used in to larger more efficient fields" In actual fact the reverse is the case. The Medieval 3 field system used very large fields which people had strips in. However the size of the fields & the general organisation meant that the agriculture was not intensive. Also as the system was universal it meant land not fit for say ploughing was ploughed and vice versa. By reducing the size of the fields and in essence introducing monocultures, Leicestershire & Northamptonshire were virtually turned over to grazing, Food production soared.
Aug
14
comment Before 1961, what did they think would happen to people in weightlessness?
I imagine there was, until actual evidence was acquired, every shade of opinion from, "no effect" to being "driven mad". For example when steam trains were developed it was thought that travelling a 30mph would suck all the air out of a humans body and they would die of asphyxiation being unable to breathe, especially when travelling through something like Brunel's Box tunnel
Aug
7
comment When did dueling with weapons become socially unacceptable in the western world?
In the British House of Commons the front benches are spaced slightly more than two sword lengths apart so that if someone from the opposite bench came at you you had a chance to draw your sword and defend yourself
Aug
5
comment Which 11 countries were democratic in 1941?
By 41 Britain had DORA (Defence of the Realm Act) a coalition government and in effect a more totalitarian government than Nazi Germany. At that point a snapshot view would not indicate it was a democracy.
Aug
4
comment What was the reason for Soviet troops to withdraw from Yugoslavia in World War II?
Austria was like Germany also occupied by the 4 allied powers, as was Vienna in a similar way to Berlin. This was 1945 to 1955. However there was never a division of the country or Vienna into zones and in '55 when Austria promised to remain neutral forever the Soviets left. This also happened at a time when Stalin had gone, Kruschev had arrived and there was a perceived 'thaw' in East West relations.
Aug
2
awarded  Scholar
Aug
2
accepted How were diplomats and their staff's treated when World War II was declared?
Aug
1
awarded  Student
Aug
1
asked How were diplomats and their staff's treated when World War II was declared?
Jul
29
awarded  Supporter