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answered Are any civil wars — other than the American Civil War — commonly reenacted?
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comment Why hire Hessian troops?
I'm amazed that such a highly upvoted answer talks about small size without mentioning pre-Napoleonic Ancien Régime army sizes in general
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comment Examples of wars without power as a motive
WWI wasn't so much about nobody wanted or not wanted the war, it was about "Germans couldn't afford to shoot second, so they HAD to shoot first" (basically, to pre-empt Russian mobilization and entry into Eastern front before Germany knocked out France).
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comment Why Marathas didn't rule Delhi officially?
I don't have an expert historical answer, but this week's Stratfor analysis ("American Empire") called it out very explicitly: many rulers that conquered and relied on direct military rule, lost out quickly. Those that ruled by suborning local power elites to be their agents (Rome, Britain), lasted. Perhaps Marathas figured this out?
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comment Did Hongwu Emperor flay 5000 women, and why?
@Anixx - Both, actually - depends on the context :). Flagellation is a very frequent method of achieving that result, therefore people frequently use the term " flay" specifically to refer to whipping until skin is removed (it's the third of 3 meanings in thesaurus). But the original meaning is any skin removal, by any method.
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reviewed Approve Why did the Streltsy in Russia have no summer uniform?
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comment What was the first successful mass tank battle of WW1?
@Oldcat - if you never had 50 tanks advance on you, it may not seem like "mass".
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comment What are the historical reasons for religious and political negative attitudes towards homosexuality?
@CGCampbell - I think young warriors were also fair game
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comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
@CGCampbell - reputation. People do post truly amazing answers for reputation
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comment What responsibility did Golda Meir have for the Yom Kippur war?
You may want to read some criticism of Shlaim (and that specific book) before deciding to use it as your Bible. He basically cherry picked the facts to suit his ideology. e.g. 1, 2
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comment In the USSR, what if any was the formal, ideological response to the Cultural Revolution in China?
This is discussed (including USSR's general reaction to Cultural Revolution) in "Владимир Высоцкий: козырь в тайной войне, By Федор Раззаков"