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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
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
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
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.
Dec
23
comment Was Rommel an Anti-Semite?
+2 for great answer. -1 for "Permanently unfashionable" wishful thinking.
Dec
23
comment Was Rommel an Anti-Semite?
Due to Roosevelt's actions, tons of Jews died. Does that mean that FDR was as antisemitic as Rommel? How about David Ben-Gurion, because of whose actions Jews died as well?
Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
@Alex - if I had that statistics, I would have not asked, or produced my own answer. And unless there were only under 1.7 million left after the ~1900 immigration left, again, that point isn't the biggest contributor.
Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
#3 - again, needs a reference. Are there historical sources confirming that this WAS indeed the typical thinking process?
Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
#2 is a great point! But could use a reference (e.g. statistics on # of kids)
Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
#1 is correct but not really relevant. The "problem I'm trying to solve" isn't so much a discrepancy between Jews and non-Jews but with the changes of where Jews concentrated in 17th throgh 20th century
Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
#4 seems incorrect - do you have statistics on how many emigrated to USA in that time period? US immigration policy was pretty strict, especially for jews from europe in those 2 decades
Dec
23
comment What were the business models of real estate development in ancient Rome?
-1 for "leeching on the hard work of others". If you think that finding and matching buyer to a seller is easy work, you don't have to pay for it. Unless a real estate agent uses the power of state regulation to makes such a choice impossible, then he's not "leeching", but merely fulfilling a need.