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Apr
14
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
Apr
14
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).
Apr
14
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?
Apr
14
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.
Apr
7
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".
Mar
12
comment What are the historical reasons for religious and political negative attitudes towards homosexuality?
@CGCampbell - I think young warriors were also fair game
Jan
14
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
@CGCampbell - reputation. People do post truly amazing answers for reputation
Dec
23
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
Dec
22
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"
Dec
22
comment In the USSR, what if any was the formal, ideological response to the Cultural Revolution in China?
Since you already mentioned Vysotsky, you should also really add his OTHER anti-Chinese song (this one, NOT coded as "aliens"), "Vozle Goroda Pekina" ("Near the city of Pekin")
Dec
22
comment How were the Venera Probe missions received/presented in the western world during the space race?
I agree that the question is a good fit here, but it may be worth asking on Space.SE if re-formulated to fit there as well (as long as it's not simply copypasted)
Dec
21
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
@TylerDurden - emphasis was very clearly stated by bolding the actual question. That bolded question did NOT include any time or dynastic limits. You read a peface and decided to misapply it to the whole question for some reason, contrary to the rest of the information in the post.
Dec
21
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
@TylerDurden - (and Philip I was not a Carolingian either)
Dec
21
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
@TylerDurden - reading comprehension problems? Carolingians anjd Merovingians were the subject of the podcast that was the reason I thought of asking the question. The question itself (very conveniently bolded) didn't limit the timelines, and I pretty clearly included later dynasties since it mentioned Louis XIII.
Dec
21
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
@TylerDurden - shouldn't the fact that it produced a great answer tell you something about your correctness (never mind rude comments?)
Dec
20
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
@MarkC.Wallace - then people will downvote because comparing "more or less chaste" is subjective (which it kinda is). Also, considering the answer, it seems pretty knowable.
Dec
20
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
@TylerDurden - THAT. I'm quite prepared for the answer that basically lists every king and a source indicating proof that they had sexual relations with that woman, Ms. ...
Dec
20
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
@twosheds - I actually considered mentioning that scenario in the question as ineligible explicitly, but yes, the assumption is that it's someone who was in a position to have such affairs.
Dec
20
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
@T.E.D. - I'm not all that well read on earlier kings, but for the later ones it seems a slam dunk "no" in that every one of them has tons of sources confirming the mistresses. Sleazy tabloids and celebrity watching didn't seem to originate in 20th century :)
Dec
20
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
@T.E.D. - Some sources (ideally, independent ones and not the king's official biographer) stating that the king was faithful to his wife, and nobody ever rumoured about any mistresses?