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Oct
18
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
Europe culture was as unifying as Chinese. What you have today is directly built on Roman roots, and ultimately, Greek. It is not at all based on "three main cultural" groups; it is based on one. Both Chinese and European elites could understand their lingua franca at all times (common people seem unrelated to the matter). So, again, why is Europe divided into states for such a long time already, and China is not?
Oct
16
comment What was the motivation for the Gregorian Calendar?
Leap second is related to the subject: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_second
Oct
16
comment Where does the name of the country “Belarus” come from?
-1 this does not answer the question about Belarus, only about Bela- and -rus. There is a book (in Belorussian) over the Internet that cites not less than a dozen different scientific theories of the origin of the name, compares the arguments behind each, concluding that neither can be singled out as more probable.
Oct
3
comment What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?
I see some sources re. US prospects on Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonization_of_the_Moon, but no sources for Soviet prospects.
Oct
3
comment Was “Blitzkrieg” at least partly intended for trapping the Jews?
"somebody had to starve" - this is oversimplification. I would say "somebody had to be repressed"; this had nothing to do with food, and everything to do with totalitarianism.
Oct
1
comment Why didn't Imperial Japan attack the Soviet Union during World War 2?
I think they would rather go for Kolyma River and these gold mines, if anything. But as you say a big place with not so many resources close to Japan. Anyone can check on the map where were Norilsk nickel mines, or where was Chelyabinsk with all the tank factories. Long long way from home.
Sep
29
comment Was “Blitzkrieg” at least partly intended for trapping the Jews?
I was meant to say "in June 1941, they didn't know...". True, that mass shootings followed closely, but the first extermination camp (Auschwitz II - Birkenau) was established in October. This was the moment when Germans turned genocide into "industry".
Sep
27
comment When did aircraft carriers eclipse battleships as the “King of the seas”?
+1 although answer would benefit from more references.
Sep
25
comment How would one have gone about setting up a business during Communist Revolutionary China?
heiring?... hiring?
Sep
12
comment Did the end of the British Raj in India create an economic loss for Britain?
The bigger country (in terms of production, market, and population) the more it can push others around and profit from it. So letting control of India was a great long-term economical blow. An extreme example - dismantling United States into single states. It might not have any immediate effect on unemployment in Wisconsin (or other local metrics). But today Wisconsin implicitly benefits of the equilibrium that power of US enforced on other countries, and they would quickly lose these benefits.
Sep
12
comment What was the religion of the Arabic people before conversion to Islam?
+1 for providing the source, as unobjective as it is.
Sep
9
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
My opinion is that Britain neither provided "all the support and assistance in its power" in case of German invasion or in case of USSR invasion. Your opinion may differ.
Aug
26
comment Which cultures did *not* produce alcohol?
Ugh... I would rather use racist term, than FALSELY suggest that some information is sourced when it isn't. Current source says "Eskimo", so if you say "Inuit" please reference some other source or leave it unreferenced.
Jul
27
comment How was life in the Iron Age different from life in the Middle Ages?
+1 for creating tag "everyday-life" :)
Jul
27
comment How was life in the Iron Age different from life in the Middle Ages?
I don't think that facing any court or learning written laws qualifies anywhere near ordinary "everyday life" (unless that of a lawyer or a judge).
Jul
27
comment When was Silver ever more valuable than Gold?
+1 like how the answer is sourced
Jun
27
comment Is there any evidence to support the claim that the US Strategic Defense Initiative played any significant role in undermining the USSR?
This theory looks false to me. The identical "profound loss of spiritual faith" would also disintegrate China, and it didn't.
Jun
26
comment What was Finland's position in World War Two?
-1: Answer is misleading. There is no attempt of objectiveness. Historical facts are mentioned very selectively, vaguely, and without references.
Jun
22
comment How much oil was spilled by the naval combatants during WW2?
To put this in perspective... Deepwater Horizon was up to 0.2 billion gallons spilled. Exxon Valdez was about 0.01-0.03 billion gallons.
Jun
6
comment What's the advantage of the infantry column formation in the Napoleonic Wars?
@Fitri I didn't read all the Hornblower series but there is a good chance that the book (actually, just a chapter) was en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Midshipman_Hornblower#Quiberon