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Apr
17
comment Could a nobleman's land be enclosed within another noble's land?
lands were split up amongst noblemen, and these noblemen had a hierarchy Don't forget the Church, though! Since it was common for a nobleman to give his lands to the Church in remittance for his sins and since the Church itself was divided between secular and regular clergy, its influence further complicates the picture greatly.
Apr
16
answered Is external expansion an element of fascist ideology
Mar
27
comment What is the oldest state/nation that has abolished the death penalty?
@TomAu Japan has the death penalty and in fact regularly executes convicts but I believe that T.E.D's point is that 338 years of abolition is the longest official abolition on record, even if it was ultimately reinstated.
Mar
20
answered Is there any evidence of STD's in ancient times?
Mar
17
comment In WWII, why did people not run away from executions?
Supplementing @PieterGeerkens absolutely correct comment, many survivors do indeed point out that they survived because they were exceptionally obedient to orders.
Mar
15
comment Are steam engines still in regular use anywhere in the world?
The last place on Earth where steam engines are regularly used is China's hinterland, but even there, they have not been dominant since the late 90s and have been very rapidly declining in number since the mid-00s. But then again, how is that a history question?
Mar
14
answered Effects of the successful defense of the Soviet Union against Germany on the opening of the western front in WW2
Mar
13
comment Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
Contrary to @jwenting, I don't see how the term occupied could be deemed loaded. As the link in the original question clearly indicates, the relevant national and international organizations (the UN Security Council and General Assembly, the International Court of Justice, the High Contracting Parties of the Fourth Geneva Convention) are all in broad agreement on which territories are occupied by Israel, with essentially only Israel dissenting (but then again, it would be surprising to see a state incriminating itself).
Mar
13
revised Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
Removed an unnecessary paragraph.
Mar
13
answered Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
Mar
10
comment Nazism and Jewish persecution awareness during the WW2 years
Germans knew that bad things were happening (on more than one front) but were foggy on the details A quote I like is a remembrance of a teenage German saying that he figured out Germany was losing the war because "German victories were getting closer to Berlin."
Mar
7
comment How many Germans were killed in action in the taking of Paris, 1940?
@Annoyed I think an alternate interpretation for the quote (not contradictory to yours, but complementary) is the mixture of bitterness and pride Soviets must have felt when comparing the plight of Leningrad or Stalingrad (or even Moscow) with the utter lack of resistance that the Parisians displayed. Indeed, Paris actually had it exceptionally easy during WWII when compared to other large European cities (even London) and was in another world altogether compared to large cities on the Eastern front.
Mar
7
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Mar
7
comment How many Germans were killed in action in the taking of Paris, 1940?
@Annoyed Why, yes: taking Amiens was hard, and there the Germans suffered the loss of dozens of Panzers. Even going through Pont-de-l'Arche (a village I know only because this is where my then 14 year old grand-father was living) was hard. But once this was done, taking Paris was easy. I don't think Chuikov was claiming that Pavlov had inflicted more casualties than the whole of Fall Rot, that would be silly.
Mar
7
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Mar
7
comment How many Germans were killed in action in the taking of Paris, 1940?
@SteveMuster Yes, very sorry about this stupid typo. Also, the original version claimed that Héring had declared Paris ville ouverte. In fact, Héring disapproved of this choice and was ready to fight; it is Weygand who took the decision.
Mar
7
revised How many Germans were killed in action in the taking of Paris, 1940?
Corrected a historical mistake and added details.
Mar
7
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Mar
7
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Mar
6
answered How many Germans were killed in action in the taking of Paris, 1940?