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Apr
9
comment What factors made Austria adhere to “Diplomacy through marriage” doctrine?
@NL7 - the saying is from the monarchs... L'Etat, c'est moi.
Apr
9
comment What factors made Austria adhere to “Diplomacy through marriage” doctrine?
I'm STILL upset that Anne of Austria was actually Princess of Spain :)
Apr
9
comment What factors made Austria adhere to “Diplomacy through marriage” doctrine?
@NL7 - in a monarchy, diplomatic success == length of a family tree
Apr
9
comment What factors made Austria adhere to “Diplomacy through marriage” doctrine?
@Nl7 name one other European dynasty that lasted longer total time?
Apr
8
comment What factors made Austria adhere to “Diplomacy through marriage” doctrine?
@T.E.D. - Since the question is based on a popular saying (that I'm not even certain can be attributable, at least based on my Googling); I'm perfectly happy if a well cited answer concludes that the saying was wrong.
Apr
8
comment What factors made Austria adhere to “Diplomacy through marriage” doctrine?
Just to be clear, Austrian Hapsburgs != other Hapsburgs (I thinks some of yuor links relate more to Spanish branch)
Apr
8
revised What factors made Austria adhere to “Diplomacy through marriage” doctrine?
edited title
Apr
7
asked What factors made Austria adhere to “Diplomacy through marriage” doctrine?
Apr
7
comment How did Swiss neutrality affect WW2?
@RazieMah - please never do "upvote to get you started". Upvotes are for quality content, not participation. ESPECIALLY when the question is clearly bad. See this META: meta.history.stackexchange.com/questions/346/…
Apr
7
comment What language did Petlura speak casually?
Bulgakov isn't known for either chauvinism or being dismissive of other slavic cultures.
Apr
7
comment Was any significant percentage of Mongol army infantry?
Sources? .. ....
Apr
7
accepted Was any significant percentage of Mongol army infantry?
Feb
28
revised Is there any research explicitly contradicting facts in Suvorov's “Icebreaker” book series claiming that Stalin intended to attack Hitler in 1941?
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Feb
26
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
24
comment Did the communication lag become a problem for the ever expanding Roman Empire?
This answer could benefit from some citations and/or examples
Feb
24
comment What is the difference between a professional historian and an amateur?
@PieterGeerkens - I think the opposing terminology would be not professional vs. amateur but professional vs diletante
Feb
24
comment Why did France make an alliance with the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont in the 1850's?
@FelixGoldberg - the Savoyyards being in power places all over preceded the throne thing, IIRC
Feb
24
comment How did the United States avoid (or recover from) post revolution corruption?
It was one of the major complaints. See the answer here: politics.stackexchange.com/a/1575/115
Feb
24
comment How did the United States avoid (or recover from) post revolution corruption?
-1. First of all, the question was about post-revolution corruption. Unless same puppet rulers that British installed in Ghana ran the country post-revolution, this answer isn't applicable. Second, while less important, you're also mistaken about USA. One of the major issues leading up to the Boston Tea Party was the fact that British insisted on naming the local governors (AND paying them out of Tounshend duties, specifically to remove their dependence on colonials).
Feb
24
comment How did the United States avoid (or recover from) post revolution corruption?
@Guest - um. NO. Poverty doesn't cause corruption. (it does work the other direction causally, though).