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Mar
2
comment Is there a student of Arnold J Toynbee with an opinion about the state and fate of Western Civilization?
This may be of interest to you: thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2014/07/…
Feb
11
comment Why did the USSR preserve the national republics?
@FelixGoldberg My point was that even for such a hurried action (in the wake of Hiroshima), when there was no time for careful staging, Soviet Union didn't just hold the conquered land (which it could surely do). I argue that Soviet leadership eventually still felt obliged to give the land to some national government (of course as long as it was a socialist/communist government).
Feb
11
comment Why did the USSR preserve the national republics?
@Joe In case of Poland, de facto invasion was said to be liberation of the working people of "Western Belorussia" and "Western Ukraine" oppressed by capitalists :) When "re-liberating" these territories in 1944, USSR brought a separate government, albeit this time of Polish ethnicity. The very first Polish city that became available (Chełm) was made a national capital immediately, and Soviet Army could "support" it. Even in other case of a very hurried 1945 invasion of Manchuria, national governments were still beneficients (PRC and North Korea).
Dec
2
comment Why did the US pay money to the losers, at the end of both barbary wars?
The same question can be asked about Mexican-American War of 1845 (15 million).
Aug
18
comment Contemporary objections to the Bill of Rights's 1st Amendment / Declaration of the Rights of Man, art. 10?
Please narrow the timeframe. Are you interested in 1789-1799? Or maybe 1964-1974?
Jul
24
comment What was the hippie movement? Why did it decline?
I wonder were there similar counter-culture trends in other cultures over the course of history?
Jun
30
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
+1 although the argument has long been deemed "invalid" because Nazi used it, and then even more "invalid" because some pseudo-historians used it, it has been shown by Mark Solonin that it is quite well supported by Soviet sources. There is no more question "if Stalin had offensive plans", the only question left is "1941 or 1942?"
Jun
30
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
-1 "while the T34 was available it was only in small numbers" please check the current research on this!
Jun
23
comment Were there any German operations to destroy supply routes in the Persian corridor in WWII?
Retracted after the sources are added to the answer.
Jun
12
comment How can scholarly non-historians locate and properly use scholarly histories?
"Searching for reviews in [...] should be [...] easy" - um yes, it should be, but how do such statements help a non-historian to search for actual reviews?
Jun
12
comment What were the key differences between United States' and Indian revolutions?
"never had been any intent of attaing Independence whatsoever" - any sources for such a strong statement?
May
4
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
"Article 13 explicitly stated "the Union shall be perpetual."" Is this a full quote from the article 13?
May
2
comment Was there ever any doubt which side the USA would join?
True. Neither belligerent started the WWII "fully prepared", with exception of France and Japan.
Apr
25
comment What motivated Germanic tribes to accept Christianity?
"I can understand why certain classes in Roman society adopted Christianity"... Can you? The more I think about it, the more I see that there is some characteristic of the polytheism that I'm unable to grasp. I cannot put myself into position of the ordinary men so rapidly, consistently and persistently converting to a monotheistic religion previously alien to them. But the same scenario just repeats over and over through the history; why do you think the reasons were different?
Oct
5
comment What strategic value did Christianity hold for Constantine that made him convert to Christianity?
-1, pure determinism.
Sep
30
comment No speed limit on German highways - why?
This is off-topic.
Sep
30
comment No speed limit on German highways - why?
Historically, all over the world the limits were set to limit deaths in road accidents. Your extraordinary claims would need to be backed up by extraordinary historical sources.
Sep
24
comment How many lives were estimated to have been saved by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs?
There's something to it, too bad there are no sources for the information regarding Japanese Supreme Council.
Aug
8
comment What was the role of the Soviet Navy during WWII?
Amen to this! Cf. Mark Solonin "25th June"
Aug
6
comment How did Germany produce such an impressive portfolio of officers for WW2?
@SchwitJanwityanujit Re: search. While zhukov is not a popular noun in any language, rommel is. It means simply "trash" or "mess" in Dutch.