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Apr
9
comment Was there more than one way for anti-aircraft fire to shoot down a dive bomber in World War II
@Doug Domeny: Are assertions of "uselessness" and "difficulty" based on any sources or are they just your own expertise?
Apr
5
comment Are there any good sources on the history of the name for Kazakhstan?
@David Usually "қ" is transliterated into English "k", and "х" is transliterated into either English "kh" or "ch" or "h". The "k" in "kh" is always silent. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Mar
18
comment What caused Yugoslavia to switch sides early in World War II?
I would emphasize input from non-English written sources provided by such users. Judging from the Polish or Russian example, the number of areas where the English books/articles lag behind the current research is unexpectedly high; here-and-there they could be considered plainly incorrect.
Mar
18
comment What was Lenin's “New Economic Policy” and what complications did it have?
+1 Exemplary answer.
Mar
16
comment Why have wheat and rice been consumed in different forms?
Cereals like barley and oats were often consumed boiled; this became less popular after potato appeared. The problem is the hard crust, which needs to be removed first, and the result is kasha. With wheat there is another problem - too much gluten. The boiled whole-seed wheat kasha would be chocking and nearly non-chewable, in my opinion. The actual wheat kasha (farina) is fine-ground and watered down to the point when it becomes edible but loses almost all of the "cereal" taste. Bread requires more work but tastes much better.
Mar
16
comment Which cultures did *not* produce alcohol?
@DVK Yakuts have had some native alcohol, but not Aleuts. I've updated the answer, thanks.
Mar
11
comment Contemporary opinions on Caliph Omar's burning of the library of Alexandria?
I'd say this should be added right away to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_misconceptions Great answer.
Mar
11
comment Recommended order for reading Horatio Hornblower series?
I started with Mr Midshipman Hornblower and it did hook me all right. I wouldn't say it's weaker than Happy Return.
Mar
1
comment Motivation Behind the USSR Assisting China's Nuclear Program
+1 for sourcing, and welcome to the site.
Feb
25
comment Why Canada failed to emerge as a power like UK or France?
A quick glance at population chart shows that there is very little correlation with economical/political power. Israel (97th population in the world) so much below Belarus (87th). Australia (52nd) much below Uzbekistan (42nd). France, a nuclear power (21st), is below Vietnam (13th).
Feb
25
comment Where did the design of the US Colonel insignia come from?
I would research the British colonel insignia - I know in 1810 they included a crown. Continental Army insignia were initially based on British, and an eagle is symbolically a very good replacement of a crown (crown became politically incorrect). Of course this does not apply to Major or Lieutenant-Colonel.
Feb
25
comment What was the contemporary German public opinion on the Herero Genocide?
Important historical context: Herero genocide is estimated to up to 100 thousand deaths. At the same time Europeans caused/faced the genocide of up to 10 million people in Congo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Free_State
Feb
25
comment Why was Spain and Portugal neutral / not invaded in WWII?
+1, in fact it was France and Britain who declared war on Germany (because of German eastward expansion!), not the other way around
Feb
15
comment Was the death toll in the atomic bombing of Japanese territory greater than was expected by the US?
-1 falsification of source. The very article you cite says Olympic was a plan to invade Kyūshū at: Miyazaki, Ariake, and Kushikino. Hiroshima is not even on Kyūshū.
Feb
14
comment Were Soviet warships allowed to use the Panama canal?
@DarekWędrychowski Please don't conform to that.
Feb
3
comment percentage of British and American troops involved in direct combat with enemy in World War II
While for infantry and air force it seems clear what is a "direct" combat, this needs clarification for artillery (of various types) and sailors.
Jan
22
comment Why Antarctica was never conquered before the advent of the modern men?
@astabada First things first, why didn't they settled Falkland Islands despite they discovered them? These are 500 km to the east, and not yet in subarctic climate zone proper.
Jan
21
comment Are the Neanderthals a subspecies of Homo sapiens or not?
So you simply ask: if a neanderthal and a homo sapiens sapiens had a baby, was it capable of further reproduction or not? I'm afraid it's off-topic on history SE.
Jan
21
comment Why has bidet use not spread to the northern countries of Europe?
I guess because it is really unpleasant to sweat on your genitals (so it's not related t history). In colder climates sweating in general is less of a problem. I'd also risk a connected observation that we have less cultural preference towards perfumes and deodorants. On some occasions I've found them unbearably, and I mean UNBEARABLY, strong in southern countries.
Jan
21
comment What are the counterarguments to calling German nazism a right-wing movement?
@Drux I'd +10 if I could. Until this is ill-defined (or well-defined but centered around modern US politics) this question sure has my close-as-nonconstructive vote .