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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 .
Jan
21
comment What are the counterarguments to calling German nazism a right-wing movement?
@Nathan Cooper A comment. Nolan chart says Nazism is not right-wing, which is, I believe, central point of the question.
Jan
21
comment Aside from the Jews, did Hitler have a final solution plan for other ethnicities/races in the Third Reich?
@J. Katzwinkel OK, I retract "purely accidental". I've really meant: the ethnicity wasn't a criterion of Anne's definition at all. Also, I've misused the quotes for cats - cats are my own paraphrase.
Jan
21
comment Aside from the Jews, did Hitler have a final solution plan for other ethnicities/races in the Third Reich?
It was Anne Applebaum, I believe, who defined totalitarian regime by the following characteristic loop: pick a minority from your population based on whatever factor, classify them as non-humans, persecute, repeat for another minority. That factor in this case was ethnicity, would be, for her, purely accidental. Next factor could be "people who owned cats".
Jan
17
comment Was Alexander the Great Greek or Macedonian?
@Drux "Know somebody who may know the answer ..." goes through your email client, not via some anonymized SE email. And it does show only on new questions. As soon as at least one answer is added by anyone, it disappears.
Jan
17
comment To what extent did Native American cultures develop metalworking for tools and weapons?
@Owen Blacker You misquote "Guns...". The book clearly says there were developed agricultural civilizations (Aztec, Mayan, Inca, Missisipi-valley), so you cannot answer that "hunter-gatherer cultures in the Americas did not have the food surpluses".
Jan
15
comment Was the Napoleonic era cavalry armour effective against firearms?
@Saradathrion Wrong and wrong.
Jan
15
comment Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?
I don't get the importance of genetics here? Linguistics are far more established way to estimate the cultural inheritance (or lack thereof) among the common people.
Jan
15
comment Upper-class male cohabitation in mid-19th century USA
This just in: Sherlock Holmes Widely Considered the First Gay Detective!
Jan
15
comment Was the Napoleonic era cavalry armour effective against firearms?
Pure physics. Compare musket with a modern rifle. Which one needs more kinetic energy to achieve given aiming accuracy? What happens with this kinetic energy after hitting the target?
Jan
14
comment Was Alexander the Great Greek or Macedonian?
@FelixGoldberg Well, "language is a dialect with an army and navy" :)