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Mar
15
comment Which cultures did *not* produce alcohol?
@kubanczyk - wonder if the similar cultures in asian parts of Russia have similar pattern, e.g. Yakuts or Aleuts in Russia, or Chukchi
Mar
15
comment Which cultures did *not* produce alcohol?
@Canageek - you do realize that many non-US cultures offucially call them Eskimos in their native language, right (e.g. in russian). Let's tone down on useless political correctness.
Mar
15
comment Did the Germans use a “Verdun”-like strategy at Stalingrad?
@TomAu - too many objectives for a limited amount of resources :)
Mar
15
comment Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
Damn, George Lucas had his long grubby licensing arms even there!!!
Mar
15
comment What was Finland's position in World War Two?
@Anixx - how does the latter invalidate the former? Does the name "Molotov-Ribbentrop" mean anything to you?
Mar
15
comment Did the Germans use a “Verdun”-like strategy at Stalingrad?
"sent the armor from Voronezh due south for the Caucasus oil fields" - the whole reason for needing Stalingrad (or one of major reasons) was specifically access to those oil fields.
Mar
14
comment Organized and intentional suicide attacks during military conflicts
As a small comment, if you restrict this to vehicles only, you would have a VERY small window of time, between when the planes or vehicles became powerful enough to be able to do enough mass damage to make the attack worth bothering with and fast enough to make it plausible; and the time where control systems evolved to the point that human controller was no longer necessary for a missile and other weapons became dangerous, powerful and effective enough than a car full of explosives didn't really have much benefit over a rocket battery on a battlefield.
Mar
13
comment How historically accurate Life is Beautiful is when it comes to Jewish extermination?
+1. You should probably expand a bit on the last paragraph - it's probably the most important to understand the big picture visavi Italy and Holocaust.
Mar
12
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
This is a very informative answer, but I'm not sure it addresses the root of my question. Why was this such a big disctinction between China (using high-tin) and other non-Chinese cultures who mostly used low-tin. Was it specifically the lack of knowledge of how to create bi-metal blades?
Mar
11
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
@T.E.D. - Thanks. I started out asking about Ulfberht swords, but figured that there probably wasn't enough info to answer what I had in mind - and stumbled on this tidbit researching metallurgy of sword steels (being from near-Urals, I'm a sucker for metallurgical details)
Mar
11
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
Are any of those points backed up by historical evidence (e.g. ore analysis, tin resources in Europe, weapon/fighting style?
Mar
11
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
Why the downvote?
Mar
10
asked Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
Mar
10
comment Why did Catholic chruch wait for 350 years to accept “Galileo's idea”?
Also, Galileo in general tended to behave like a total a$$ and made enemies of a bunch of people. Some of them were all too happy to testify against him, just out of spite.
Mar
10
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10
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Mar
10
comment Why did Catholic chruch wait for 350 years to accept “Galileo's idea”?
@user37324 - it was a combination of factors. Politics - both personal, AND Vaticanish - was part of them.
Mar
10
answered Why did Catholic chruch wait for 350 years to accept “Galileo's idea”?
Mar
6
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Do you have a citation for the last sentence? I haven't heard of that factoid before
Mar
5
revised Which floating-point representation did Konrad Zuse's Z1 use?
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