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Jan
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comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
Were all social classes represented in those who were sacrificed?
Nov
25
comment Has there ever been a direct clash between NATO and Russia?
@user2800708 No, no fighting took place because the orders were not followed for fear of sparking a larger conflict. Clark was relieved of his post following the incident though.
Nov
25
answered Has there ever been a direct clash between NATO and Russia?
Sep
29
comment Is Britain currently undergoing a sea-change in its history?
The problem with that interpretation is that it ignores economic and external factors such as the decline of empire, world wars and post-industrial economy.
Sep
9
comment Why does the UK buy some of its major military hardware from the USA while France is self-reliant?
Britain was also the recipient of 10 times the amount of Lend-Lease aid than France. These debts would undoubtedly played a part in negotiations regarding defence policies.
Sep
9
comment Why does the UK buy some of its major military hardware from the USA while France is self-reliant?
There are also differences in economic philosophy between the two countries, particularly regarding the state ownership of companies and the extent to which privatised companies are open to foreign capital/takeover.
Sep
3
answered Has a government ever been elected with the full 100% of the votes?
Jul
16
revised Have governments or combatants marked the houses of groups to be persecuted?
Corrected a typo; added link
Jul
16
suggested approved edit on Have governments or combatants marked the houses of groups to be persecuted?
Jun
21
comment Looking for quote about workhouses
@hobbs Yes, but ideologies and base assumptions do.
Jun
18
comment Looking for quote about workhouses
It's amazing how little things change. "Every penny bestowed, that tends to render the condition of the pauper more eligible than that of the independent labourer, is a bounty on indolence and vice." - 1832 Royal Commission. Almost exactly the same arguments now.
Jun
12
comment How much has U.S. currency inflated since 1792?
An interesting point is that dollars (as coins and notes) themselves aren't fungible, as the market for rare currency demonstrates - eg $1 from 1928 now being sold for $1,295 collectorscorner.com/Products/Item.aspx?id=20134197. This is far greater than any of the measuring worth estimates too.
Jun
10
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Jun
10
reviewed Reviewed Did a starving Great Wall guard let enemies through?
Jun
10
comment Did a starving Great Wall guard let enemies through?
Google seems to return some religious "parables" that may be related including a quote from Harry Emerson Fosdick here: ministry127.com/resources/illustration/…. Another suggests a date of 1644 during the Ming dynasty with the Manchus as the invaders: odb.org/2009/01/31/a-breach-in-the-wall. This site claims Ghengis Kahn managed to bribe a sentry to gain access through the wall in the 13th century: factsanddetails.com/china/cat2/sub1/item27.html. None appear to offer detailed references however.
Jun
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@LennartRegebro True, but all of those things were prevalent in Cuba prior to the revolution. To some extent elements exist in all societies (particularly in the last decade), as indeed are elements of both market and planned economies. Thanks for adding more to the answer, but I think the comparison with Italy is a bit unfair - they do not have tropical diseases to contend with. Compared to its neighbours it is favourable but as you pointed out, it started out in the lead.
Jun
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@LennartRegebro I'm not convinced increased HDI, LE and education are consistent with an assessment of wholly negative.
Jun
4
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@LennartRegebro Cuba is in the highest tranche ("Very High") of the HDI, higher than Turkey, Brazil and Mexico for example, and comparable to Chile. hdr.undp.org/en/data
May
28
accepted How big was the IMF loan Britain received in the 1970's?
May
28
comment How big was the IMF loan Britain received in the 1970's?
Good find. So that would make it less than $2 billion, which was less than 1% of UK GDP at the time.