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Mar
19
comment Recommended Reading 19th Century US Settler Daily Life?
I'm familiar with both -- Oregon Trail is a bit too simple for the sort of thing I'm interested in. Ingalls' original memoirs would have been exactly what I want to read, but unfortunately, what survives today is the sanitized, dramatized novelization a re-written by her daughter.
Mar
19
comment Recommended Reading 19th Century US Settler Daily Life?
Fantastic -- Exactly what I was looking for! Green check for you.
Feb
12
comment How beneficial were war bonds to the US during WWII
In further research, I found that the strategy of the government with regard to national debt is to grow the economy such that debt that appears monstrous in now becomes insignificant in the future. (It is strange to think that inflation helps to cure national debt.) It sounds like war bonds (in total dollar amounts) probably did more to help the American people than it helped fund the war.
Feb
12
comment How beneficial were war bonds to the US during WWII
@Chad -- I didn't quite follow that either until I read up on the speech. Carter's "moral equivalent of war" speech was about the energy crisis. He was trying to drive the people to respond to the energy crisis by saving and reducing consumption - the way we did in times of war. (The speech gained a lot of notoriety, but didn't result in any long term behavioral change.)
Feb
12
comment Why did Meiji consider switching from Japanese to English?
... another great source for information: facts-about-japan.com/modern-japan.html
Feb
12
comment Why did Meiji consider switching from Japanese to English?
@Rose: You make a good point. Ego was the wrong word. (I'm not sure if Jim's comment was directed at my answer or not, but the 'ego' had nothing to do with the Emperor caring or not caring about his people.) The "early modern" period in Japan starts with Tokugawa and ends with Meiji (who ushered in the "modern era"). Tokugawa was intensely suspicious of foreigners and worked hard to minimize their influence. Meiji took the opposite approach, and the benefit was immediately obvious.
Nov
12
comment How beneficial were war bonds to the US during WWII
Brilliant! Thank you. That was exactly the sort of answer I was hoping for. Bonds were more useful than I imagined. I think the constant push to "invest in America" helped inspire nationalism as well. Any thoughts as to why we don't see similar drives today?
Nov
11
comment Why did Meiji consider switching from Japanese to English?
I minored in Asian Studies in college back in the 90s. I was fascinated by the Meiji Restoration period because it was a time when imperial ego was set aside in the name of progress. I wish I could find more authoritative sources to back up my response, but I have long since given up the textbook that I want to use as a reference. Most of what I wrote is what I remember from class lectures anyway.