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comment What reasons did the Confederacy have for believing they would have a quick victory?
@JonofAllTrades I can't find the book I have read that in, but you can find that in many sources civilwar.org/resources/…, americancivilwar.com/authors/arrturo_rivera.html
Jan
12
comment Why did Stalin push for the Great Purge against the Red Army in 1936?
Your book is obvious repetition of the Chrushev's version of history - written by a gang of killers, defending themselves by putting all on their leader. Respected communist guards? They were absolutely same murderers. Simply Stalin happened to be cleverer and won over them. Their winning would result in even more victims, due to less intelligence with same lack of morals. They were all communists who killed these tens of millions of people. Stalin killed no one personally...
Jan
10
comment Why did Stalin push for the Great Purge against the Red Army in 1936?
Yes, he made absolutely necessary steps - for his own power sake.
Jan
7
comment What, if anything, did Native Americans know about the rest of the world?
@T.E.D. I have already brought my excuses and deleted the post.
Jan
7
comment What, if anything, did Native Americans know about the rest of the world?
@T.E.D. According to my reference, the Formosa hypothesis is obsolete, too. Genetic tests prove that. so, they are NOT corrabortion, but disprovement of your variant.
Jan
6
comment What, if anything, did Native Americans know about the rest of the world?
Sorry to all - according to recent genetics data, Polynesians descend from Bismark island Micronesians that descent from mainland Asia. sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110203124726.htm
Dec
31
comment What type of opportunity seemed to be the most prevalent in attracting immigrants?
religion, political views, money/land, hunger, pure survival, climate change - all of them sometimes become the main reason.
Dec
31
comment Would the USA staying out of WWI have prevented WWII?
Extremely interesting thought! +1. But America HAD to enter the war. Because France and England lent more and more money and USA couldn't let its debtors lose. So the hypothetical situation could happen only if USA gave money and weapon to both sides during all the war. But this way the Germany would definitely win. And the whole situation could repeat, only with the change of sides - Social revolution in Austria, Fascism in France and so on.
Dec
29
comment Why did the US insist on invading Japan instead of blockading it in WWII?
@Alex The Japan-Soviet treaty was dissolved 1 day before Hiroshima. And if attacking the Japan by land was a mistake, what was the second bombing then? ... Nobody thought on A-bombing as a final stroke then. Nobody knew what it means.
Dec
29
comment How did destroyers protecting convoys operate in bad weather during WWII?
@PieterGeerkens And notice, her wreckage was the result of grounding, not lose of stability.
Dec
28
comment Did the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki contribute to Japan's surrender?
@Semaphore It could be if the surrender was already decided upon. So, the question is correct.
Dec
28
comment What is the Earliest account in human history when man added pure sea salt to his diet by choice?
I think, they also simply licked the salt outdrops as herbivores do.
Dec
23
comment Why did Virginia let Kentucky become a separate state?
Very interesting! And could you put a reference to that info, please?
Dec
4
comment How did Vasco da Gama know about the Southern Cross?
@Alex He has a single question. He merely proposes his own answer and is in doubt about it. It is correct and allowed here. The real problem of QA is in logic, but being illogical is not forbidden on the StackExchange sites.
Dec
4
comment How did Vasco da Gama know about the Southern Cross?
Thank you for the "Crux" word. +1.
Dec
4
comment The importance of sugar plantations
@MarkC.Wallace 4 centuries are the introduction. the question is about the end of the 19th centuries. Not so narrow at all.
Dec
4
comment Was John Cabot the first European to reach Newfoundland since (arguably) the Vikings?
Fantastic! Do you know some good book on this subject, very much please?
Oct
29
comment Who first precisely measured the length of the year?
@MarkCWallace It is much better now, thank you very much.
Sep
17
comment Was Cossack cavalry ineffective relative to other troops?
By the way, the most heavily trained were the Cossacks. They started to train to ride before they could walk. And to use sabres (wooden, of course), about 4-5 years old. And that rule worked during from their start till 1920-ties. They were never random soldiers - they lived as fighters their whole life and they were not soldiers, because they didn't get payment till 19th cent. I hope, you know the meaning of "soldier". Only one of your affirmative paragraph is not total nonsense.
Jun
29
comment Medieval Saharan Caravan Navigation
@mart A very nice custom, it is a pleasure to read about such. It is like the custom to leave food, water and wood in the forest cabins in Sweden and in Siberia. Usually people are much more kind to each other in the harsh surrounding - if not, they simply die out.