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Aug
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awarded  Nice Question
Aug
23
revised Was the Italian campaign a strategic mistake?
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Aug
14
comment Was there a plan “B” for the D-Day?
I would add that the success of Operation Bagration in the summer 1944 all but guaranteed the defeat of Germany in a rather short time frame. That said, I think it is very debatable whether the strategic goal of the USA had already shifted by that time. Do you have reference for that claim? FDR, or so it seems, thought a balance of power with the USSR to be a desirable outcome and did not seem to see the advances of the allied armies in Europe as a zero-sum game. To my mind, the shift occurred 6 months later at the earliest, and perhaps as late as 8 month later.
Aug
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
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comment Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
Not at all, but these two examples are already explicitly in my answer, along many others.
May
13
awarded  Nice Answer
May
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Does Grant's use of attrition tactic support his reputation as a general?
May
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How did British queens get power over kings despite a male-dominant society?
May
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Attempts to return the War to the South's favor after Gettysburg
May
4
answered What was the last landmass on Earth to be settled by human beings?
May
2
comment Israel/Palestine: Who really attacked first in 1948?
I think this answer would be much better if it included sources and a timeline. And who are the Arabs? And why starting at the precise moment when Israel declared independence (though that may be the fault of the question to begin with)?
Apr
25
answered Tricolore: Why have the colors been chosen that way?
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).