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Sep
15
comment Why are military uniforms often flared or poofy above the knee?
@mgb does not "gay pants" mean "lively, cheerful pants" or the word is now mostly used in slang?
Sep
15
revised Iran: Zoroastrianism and Islam
better translation
Sep
12
comment What caused the Iranian 1979 revolution to become Islamic?
Turkey is sunni, Central Asia is sunni.
Sep
12
comment What caused the Iranian 1979 revolution to become Islamic?
In many Muslim countries the government opposes the radical islamism and clericalism, but still remains popular. Saddam Hussein, for example, and many others. Also, Ataturk in Turkey. Also consider Central Asia where all the governments are secular and oppose radical islam.
Sep
12
comment When and how did the idea of a “class-less” society originate in the United States?
Nobility is not a class, it is estate.
Sep
11
comment When and how did the idea of a “class-less” society originate in the United States?
@John you are confusing social estate with a class. The USA has no social estates, but it has classes.
Sep
8
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
Also the pact did not require the declaration of war on the USSR, it only required that Brittain provided all possible assistance to Poland, and it did so already.
Sep
7
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
Thanks. The British-Polish pact says among other: "The methods of applying the undertakings of mutual assistance provided for by the present Agreement are established between the competent naval, military and air authorities of the Contracting Parties. ", I think it means there were other agreements to it.
Sep
5
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
@Hermann Ingjaldsson, do you contest that Soviet occupation benefited Jews and some others who lived in Poland, especially in areas which were initially occupyed by Germany and later transferred under the Soviet control (such as Brest)?
Sep
5
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
@user571376 as you know it was Stalin who put stop to the so-called "Yezhovshchina" repressions of 1937. It was quite known in the USSR, but in 1939 this was seen as being already over.
Sep
4
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
@Jake J This does not make impossible for Poland to declare war on the USSR.
Sep
4
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
The USSR did recognize Polish government in exile till mid-1940s but this does not matter. What matters is that Poland recognized the USSR. Regarding Germany I am sure Germany declared war on Poland upon invasion.
Sep
4
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
@Hermann Ingjaldsson about what "tens of millions" on Stalin's conscience are you speaking?
Sep
4
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
@Louis Rhys, as I already pointed out, since Poland herself did not declare war on the USSR, they had not need any excuse for not declaring war on the USSR in turn.
Sep
4
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
@Jake J from the Polish side it would be possible.
Sep
3
answered Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
Sep
1
comment Why is the USA the world's strongest country?
@Russell no your knowledge is wrong.
Aug
29
comment Why is the USA the world's strongest country?
As to the connection between science and military applications in both medieval world and today, the best armor in middle ages was produced exactly in Italy and Germany. And the best tanks, aircraft carriers and supersonic fighters are produced in the USA (not to speak about nuclear and space weapons). All this needs advanced technology, scolars and universities.
Aug
29
comment Why is the USA the world's strongest country?
Well, as you know there was so-called Carolingian renaissance when Carolus the Great invited scholars from Italy to his court. HRE was seen as a continuation of the Roman Empire and the scolars wanted to live close to the emperor. Still for many years Italy somewhat retained its leadership because it remained a religious center due to papacy. Italy and Germany were the two countries in the world with top book publishing outnumbering all other world combined even before the invention of printing press.
Aug
29
comment Why is the USA the world's strongest country?
@MichaelF, not only Jews, but also many Germans moved to the USA after WWII. There simply was no situation suitable for work left in Germany.