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Jan
5
comment Why did the Italians (and to some extent Jewish & Irish) dominate organized crime in the US in the 20th century?
@MarkC.Wallace I think the problem is that such a group's activities would be defined as crimes in order to deprive them of power (and legal protection against abuse).
Jan
5
comment Cult related law made in US
...by relocating to Guyana (in South America). No US law could reach them there. - Interestingly no longer the case as as least tax and "national security" legislation have a global reach these days.
Dec
31
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
26
asked Did the bounty on bin Laden ever get paid?
Dec
24
comment How large were the East India Company armed forces?
Thanks, very interesting. Using its peak size, it looks like it would be the 20th largest army in the world if it were around today: globalfirepower.com/active-military-manpower.asp.
Dec
23
awarded  Scholar
Dec
23
accepted How large were the East India Company armed forces?
Dec
22
awarded  Student
Dec
22
asked How large were the East India Company armed forces?
Dec
21
comment What is the largest overnight depreciation?
I'd expect it to be at a period of record inflation. Candidates are Weimar Republic 1923, Hungary 1946 or Zimbabwe 2009.
Nov
29
comment Why did the Italians (and to some extent Jewish & Irish) dominate organized crime in the US in the 20th century?
WASPs dominated the legitimate political power. Other groups had use other means...
Oct
22
comment What is the current U.S. monetary standard?
It may be more accurate, and add a historical element, to add its role as the world's reserve currency and the agreement for this at Bretton Woods
Oct
7
awarded  Necromancer
Sep
23
comment Which city has been captured most frequently?
Civ fans have some candidates: apolyton.net/showthread.php/168921-Most-captured-city
Aug
25
answered Besides Crecy and Poitiers, in what battle was the Longbow the decisive weapon?
Jul
3
comment How did Israel win the Six-Day War?
Co-operation with the US was minimal: Israel almost sank a US ship in the war, USS Liberty
Jun
5
comment Why America waged war against Vietnam?
@MarkC.Wallace Normally deliberative assemblies in democracies require specific reasons for engaging in warfare. The causus belli for official US involvement in Vietnam was the Gulf of Tonkin incident. It should be noted that war was not formally declared.
Mar
15
comment What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?
@comeAndGo Yes, we are unlikely to agree, but please do not make ad hominem statements. You final statement suggests even in the absence of communism, states would fall due to the power vacuum - surely that makes communism a straw man?
Feb
9
comment What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?
@ComeAndGo There were nationalist movements around the world, some of which the USSR helped to fund, but these grew from the vacuums left by the end of colonial power as a consequence of WW2. There was no globally coordinated single communist movement linking all these nations. Each nation had its own flavour of political and economic organisation, but normally wanting to replace a corrupt despotic regime. Domino theory was about fear of losing control and justifying intervention to regain it.
Feb
8
awarded  Yearling