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Jul
19
comment Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?
"Any serious scholar will tell you" argument does not give you much credit around here. In case when virtually every book and paper supports your statement, please provide just one by name as a reference.
Jul
9
comment Did any major European country stay neutral during the Napoleonic Wars?
@Voitcus True, they were in a war until en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Paris_(1802)
Jun
12
comment Battles won by much weaker side
Belisarius (or rather his record of consistent skillful battles) could be more interesting to OP than any other commander mentioned here.
Jun
11
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
@FelixGoldberg The spin was contemporary, but it was not about protecting Poland. It was about protecting the people of Western Belarusian and Western Ukrainian nationality (for propaganda purposes Poland was declared as non-existent and replaced by those semi-countries).
Jun
11
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
Good catch with that secret protocol! But please do provide a link (Wikisource?).
Jun
11
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
In the first article of the pact, I provided the link in the answer (avalon.law.yale.edu/wwii/blbk19.asp).
Jun
6
comment The practice of translating foreign monarch's or noble's name
Hi, welcome to the site :)
Apr
24
comment Did people have better nutrition before agriculture?
Please define "healthier". You mention in a single sentence they were healthier but had half of our life expectancy. Isn't it a self-contradiction?
Apr
23
comment Why didn’t Britain use its vast navy to get past trench warfare?
I've meant to say "but the British tried to do exactly this, and at the most convenient point, and they failed miserably: see Gallipoli campaign" but you've beat me to it.
Apr
23
comment Harvard Architecture: How did Harvard Mark I separate data and instruction?
"Can only be well-answered by an engineer"?!? This is a proper historical question, which can be answered by a historian with the normal use of primary or secondary historical sources. Most other questions around here cannot be answered precisely, but this one has a chance - this is the only difference I see.
Apr
21
comment Are these images from Iran-Iraq war authentic?
First photo much better version: ejection-history.org.uk/country-by-country/IRAN/… to be more precise it's F-5E. You can try to track it down by its number (2-7-59 ٢-۷-۵۹). And the second photo: Mirage F1 EQ or some subvariant (EQ-2?). Paintwork seems legit for both photos.
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.