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Apr
30
comment Has there ever been a truly multi-sided war?
I don't believe that the Algerian and Northern Ireland circumstances that you quote were actually "three-party wars". In numerous post-colonial situations French and more frequently British forces stood between two warring factions, essentially vying to occupy the vacuum being vacated by Britain. British soldiers stood between Moslems and Hindus in India, between Jews and Arabs in Palestine, between Greeks and Turks in Cyprus, Communists and Nationalists in Malaya, and then Catholics and Protestants in Ireland. And that is to name but five situations.
Apr
5
comment Did the British Army burn any capitals other than Washington?
One thing I do know is that Britain and America, acting in concert certainly burned a lot of German and Japanese cities in the second world war. Cities like Hamburg and Dresden would suffer a one-thousand bomber raid of RAF Lancasters by night followed by a similar force of USAF Fortresses by daylight - the successful outcome being a perpetual fire storm, which actually melted streets.
Mar
23
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Mar
23
comment Why are most monarchies in Europe of German descent?
@Schwern People often forget that, prior to the 20th century, they didn't have radio and TV. And few could read newspapers. Pre-20th-century royals, and political leaders, without modern apparatus, were not afforded anything like the same traction over populations. Media is a very useful tool to a demagogue or dictator, as Hitler demonstrated. Just imagine Donald Trump trying to get his message across with no available media!
Mar
23
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Mar
19
comment When did last names start being used, and who introduced the concept?
This site gives some of the categories of surname - patronymic, occupational, topographic etc. It also provides a facility to check on individual surname origins.
Mar
19
comment When did last names start being used, and who introduced the concept?
Parker is an occupational surname. The OED has entries from the 14th century, for caretakers of woodland, deer, game and hunting parks.
Mar
12
comment Why were North Native Americans less advanced than Central or South?
What exactly do you mean by cities? Pre-industrial society does not produce the vast urban populations that we know today. For example in the mid-18th century Britain had only four "cities" with more than about 20,000 people - London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Norwich. In North America, only Boston, Philadelphia, and New York would have had something equivalent. So these Native American cities - how big do you suppose they were?
Mar
11
comment Why does the UK buy some of its major military hardware from the USA while France is self-reliant?
In this tirade of Francophilia the most interesting point of all is your contention that the UK decided to team up with the real winner of WW2 - the USA (presumably out of self-interest). Perhaps you need reminding that Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, did their best to support France, whilst the USA was still thinking about what to do, until forced into matters by Japan in December 1941.
Feb
8
comment Why does the UK buy some of its major military hardware from the USA while France is self-reliant?
This Wiki article on BAe Systems the UK's largest and the world's second-largest defence contractor will provide some idea of the integrated relationship of US and Uk defence supplies.
Feb
6
comment Why does the UK buy some of its major military hardware from the USA while France is self-reliant?
Furthermore was it de Gaulle who refused to take Polaris from America in 1963 - or was it the Kennedy Administration that refused to let France into it? JFK had an especially close relationship with Macmillan (PM 57-64) which infuriated C de G and has a lot to do with de Gaulle's vetoing Britain's first application for membership of the then EEC. In one speech he spoke disparagingly of Britain being "the agent of America".
Feb
6
comment Why does the UK buy some of its major military hardware from the USA while France is self-reliant?
Britain tends to see itself as part of an English-speaking diaspora. From the loss of Calais in 1558, Britain has had a tendency to look to the sea rather than to the land mass of Europe. And her principal military arm has always been naval. Britain has never fought a land-war in Europe without allies. Divisions in British society over the EU question illustrate how segments of the population lean to the English-speaking diaspora and away from Europe. Moreover it was Cambridge scientists and their input into the Manhattan project that played a big part in getting nuclear age moving.
Feb
3
comment Are the traditions of Ground Hog Day connected to those of Candlemas Day in Europe?
Well done. I normally look at Wikipedia, but this time didn't. And what might VtC be?
Feb
3
comment Are the traditions of Ground Hog Day connected to those of Candlemas Day in Europe?
@MarkC.Wallace Point taken, I've changed the title.
Feb
3
revised Are the traditions of Ground Hog Day connected to those of Candlemas Day in Europe?
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Feb
3
comment Are the traditions of Ground Hog Day connected to those of Candlemas Day in Europe?
@MarkC.Wallace But it is the same idea. If it is a sunny day then winter will return - but dull and drab then winter is over. The American settlers may well have seen Candlemas Day as a Catholic festival, and hence beyond the pale of Puritans. It was certainly preserved in Anglicanism.
Feb
2
asked Are the traditions of Ground Hog Day connected to those of Candlemas Day in Europe?
Jan
31
comment How did South Korea become one of the most developed nations on Earth?
A number of east-Asian countries experienced phenomenal double-digit growth in the seventies, eighties and nineties- up to the 1997 financial crash in the region. Quite apart from Japan - Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore etc. Even Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia experienced considerable expansion. But South Korea (and Japan) got its initial kick-start out of the Korean war. Supply to the UN forces provided many Korean businesses with a strong push.
Jan
24
comment How did 2nd century Romans decide where to build Hadrian's wall?
When I was last there my then teenage children wanted me to walk across the top section - which they and many other people did. There is no wall and a direct drop on both sides, though rather wider than it looks. But it was far too potentially vertigo-inducing for me.