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Jan
4
comment How did families parent in the Middle Ages?
Google "cloth diapers". They are still used, even in the countries with real diapers available
Jan
4
comment Did Goebbels realize that his wife used to know Arlozorov?
Too bad Sheakspeare is dead. He'd have run away with this whole situation.
Jan
1
comment How did the monks whose job was to copy books react to Gutenberg's printing press?
@PieterGeerkens - "Nah, Lumbergh's gonna have me come in on Saturday, I just know it."
Dec
29
comment Did the German people actually know Joseph Goebbels as the “Minister of Propaganda”?
@YannisRizos - IIRC, US did have a similar function but I don't think it was ministerial level. They had official Hollywood liasons and all.
Dec
26
comment Why was the Battle of Noryang fought?
It may be worth adding the assessment (e.g. they stood more to loose from the battle than to win, given correlation of forces) to the question itself.
Dec
26
comment How was the first official geographical border established in Europe?
@Michael - my best understanding is that it was mostly a matter of "what you can grab and defend" coupled with "what liege lords of whatever level negotiated". At least in the territories most affected by 30-year-war.
Dec
26
comment How was the first official geographical border established in Europe?
The start of National Consciousness as a concept for persons, and national sovereignty as a concept for countries was 1648 Peace of Westphalia. Happened at different times for different European countries though.
Dec
25
comment Did the Soviets attempt to discredit the Pope because of his outspoken anti-communism?
@sds - it's in the subject
Dec
24
comment Did Washington ride sidesaddle?
Can't believe this doesn't have more votes
Dec
24
comment How was the relation between the Ottoman Empire and Serbia, Greece, and Montenegro during the Second Balkan War?
@YannisRizos - no more Facebook for you :)
Dec
24
revised Historical examples of energy wars
added 10 characters in body
Dec
24
comment Historical examples of energy wars
I'm posting this as a separate answer since it may be slightly off-scope depending on what OP meant
Dec
24
comment Historical examples of energy wars
For those not familiar with the term, it refers to Japanese Imperial ambitions in Hirohito period, starting with attacks on neighbouring Asian countries and ending with attack on USA in WWII
Dec
24
answered Historical examples of energy wars
Dec
24
answered Historical examples of energy wars
Dec
24
comment Did the civil wars of 17th century England facilitate an independent spirit in the American colonies?
This makes overall sense, but could use a couple of references :)
Dec
23
comment Was Rommel an Anti-Semite?
@sds - it mitigated the implication a bit, but I'd be a lot happier if the paragraph wasn't in the answer at all. It's totally not relevant to antisemitism of the person. I upvoted either way :)
Dec
23
comment How influential was the Jewish Boycot Against Nazi Germany?
Pretty much the same effect as gay bars in 2013 boycotting Russian vodka. NONE.
Dec
23
awarded  Suffrage
Dec
23
comment How influential was the Jewish Boycot Against Nazi Germany?
"Kristallnacht... probably helped to drive Allied rearmament". Really? That definitely needs a cite, sounds pretty wild-guessy to me, sorry.