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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?
edited title
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
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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.
Jan
24
comment How did 2nd century Romans decide where to build Hadrian's wall?
@Schwern And cranes?
Jan
21
comment How did 2nd century Romans decide where to build Hadrian's wall?
But all that is of nothing to the question as to how the Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids. And they pre-dated the Romans by as much as the Romans pre-date us!
Jan
21
comment How did 2nd century Romans decide where to build Hadrian's wall?
I remember being told at school, that to get their roads straight (and they are still the straightest roads in Britain) that they used bonfires on calm days. But Ermine Sreet which runs from London to Lincoln, is about 150 miles long. Quite remarkable.
Dec
30
comment What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?
The most important decisions re Britain granting independence to Singapore on the understanding that it be included in Malaysia were taken in the wake of the Bay of Pigs disaster. There were fears in western capitals about the possibility of Singapore "becoming another Cuba". Singapore was seen in London and Washington as a vital component of western geo-strategy, and Lee Kuan Yew as vital to its realisation.
Dec
30
comment When did aircraft carriers eclipse battleships as the “King of the seas”?
To some extent this is now slightly less the case than it was. In the Falklands Campaign the Royal Navy accounted for a lot of Argentine aircraft with Sea Wolf and Sea Dart missiles. Problem in Dec 1941 was that every last aeroplane that Britain had was being used in the defence of Britain.
Dec
29
comment What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?
For a dissertation in my retirement, I researched the 1961 decision to include Singapore in the Malaysian Federation. At that time it faced a serious communist threat, exacerbated by the large numbers of immigrants arriving from Cultural-Revolution China. I discovered ample evidence that the Kennedy Administration, prior to the first Viet-Nam skirmishes, put great pressure on Britain to retain its considerable naval, ground and air commitments, including its nuclear capability, on the island of Singapore. This Britain did until 1972 despite the crippling cost.
Dec
29
comment What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?
@SamuelRussell It is confusing to refer to Lee Kuan-Yew as Yew. Yew is not his surname. His family name is Lee. Calling him Yew would be a bit like calling Mao Tse-Tung, Tung. Chinese names usually consist of three monosyllables, The first is the family name and the next two the given name. Sometimes the English-speaking Overseas Chinese will adopt a western name. Lee Kuan-Yew, was mostly known to British officials as Harry Lee.
Dec
28
comment Were Americans concerned about “Overlord” code words in Daily Telegraph crosswords?
The Allied forces sold the Germans a massive bluff. Almost up to the event itself Hitler and his Generals were expecting the assault to come via the Pas de Calais. Normandy took them by surprise and they were ill prepared. You don't think that the fact that some school-kids had the code names of the invasion beaches (albeit not the real names of the beaches) and that they had appeared in crossword puzzles, wouldn't have caused some concern to the senior military staff?
Dec
28
asked Were Americans concerned about “Overlord” code words in Daily Telegraph crosswords?
Dec
27
comment Was Australia ever attacked during WW2?
Quite apart from the attacks on Darwin, the Japanese invaded Papua New Guinea, an area administered by Australia. They also occupied the western part of the same island, then part of the Netherlands East Indies. A long campaign was fought from late 1942 to evict the Japanese from the territory. see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Guinea_campaign