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Sep
18
awarded  Yearling
Sep
17
comment Persian Letters
Well, for most of your questions (say Montesquieu's background) you could start with Wikipedia. Otherwise, The Spirit of Laws will tell you if he believed radical measure were needed or not (and the answer is not).
Sep
16
awarded  Necromancer
Sep
13
answered Rape perpetrated by American soldiers during WWII?
Sep
5
comment Why did East India Company accept Government of India Act 1858?
User Semaphore has been a most wonderful addition to this site.
Aug
23
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
23
revised Was the Italian campaign a strategic mistake?
Added some references
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
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
11
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.