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Jun
20
comment Which European countries did not have a revolution in the aftermath of the French Revolution and why?
@quant_dev - or you could say the English civil war was the first revolution in europe. The resulting monarchy/parliament power balance even after the restoration was pretty stable
Jun
20
comment Is there any evidence that the Catholic Church slowed innovation during the Middle Ages?
Bruno was sentenced for his anti-church philosophy rather than cosmology and Galileo really fell foul of party politics. The others were mostly banned because they were in protestant countries after the reformation, rather like the US communist book banning in the 60s. By the 18C the church's power to really effect anything was declining.
Jun
20
revised Why did Britain not purchase Alaska when Russia had it up for sale?
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Jun
16
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Jun
2
comment What is the basic structure of British Politics?
Officially a constitutional monarchy and cabinet government, reality a president and murdoch = same as USA
May
24
comment What was the motivation for the Gregorian Calendar?
The protestant parts of the rest of europe didn't follow for a century - catholic countries adopted it straight away
May
23
comment What is the origin of the American stereotype that Polish people lack intelligence?
@stevvve - Polish is pretty much a US thing, in the UK it's the Irish, in France the Belgians.
May
11
comment When did navies stop giving out a drink ration to their sailors?
@MichaelF - If you are climbing up a 200ft tall mast to change sail, in a storm or under cannon fire - being "three sheets to the wind" is the last thing you want.
May
11
comment Did American Indians disrupt railroads in their regions?
@TED - originally the title was just Indians + Railways - which to a Brit means India. I changed it to Native Americans just to avoid confusion - I wasn't making a political point.
May
11
comment Did American Indians disrupt railroads in their regions?
@steven drennon - thanks I wasn't being overly PC, but using "Indians" and railways suggests an entirely different continent to the majority of English speakers in the world and "native-americans" was the existing tag
May
10
revised Did Native Americans sabotage telegraph lines running through their territory?
changed indians to N.A to avoid confusion
May
10
comment Who was the first head of government to support same-sex marriage?
@T.E.D. Yes there is no difference in the UK between a marriage and a civil partnership as far as benefits. Although there was a question if a same sex partner 'married' an heir to the throne! Legally it wasn't called a marriage because of all the historical case law that would be invalidated - but in reality it was a nod to the churches.
May
10
comment How Likely Was a French Alliance with Italy or Japan in World War I?
France was allied with Italy in WWI. Or at least Italy waited until it could see who was winning and then joined them, it didn't have very much strategic effect.
May
10
comment Who was the first head of government to support same-sex marriage?
@T.E.D. - I think they are technically called "civil partnerships" in EU as well (to keep the churches happy). Ironically there is a EU human rights appeal at the moment to allow mixed-sex gay marriage (!) since Civil partnerships are much easier and cheaper to dissolve than a civil wedding divorce.
May
10
comment Who was the first head of government to support same-sex marriage?
IIRC Clinton personally supported gay marriage and yet was the President who signed the Defense of Marriage act - banning it.
May
10
comment Who was the first head of government to support same-sex marriage?
I don't know if the Dutch prime minister at the time voted for or against. You could also say that the leader who first supported it isn't necessarily the leader who got it passed - there might have been PMs 20years earlier who thought it was a good idea
May
10
answered Who was the first head of government to support same-sex marriage?
May
8
comment Did the Germans have a team equivalent to the one from Bletchey Park in the UK during WWII?
The UK's central efforts made sense because the Germans had a single system, otherwise it made sense for naval experts to work on enemy naval codes and so on.
May
4
answered Did the Germans have a team equivalent to the one from Bletchey Park in the UK during WWII?
May
1
comment History of scientific regression
Probably just money - you need a lot more than the local village to pay for a aquaduct or a 1000mi road. But yes, I don't know of many big domes built after the Romans - that was probably a loss of senior engineers.