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Feb
26
answered What is the origin of the rampant lion herald?
Feb
24
revised When did the Knights Templar dissolve and why?
Hyperlinking and typos
Feb
24
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Feb
23
answered New World Sickness
Feb
23
comment How long would it take to travel from England to western Africa in the late 1890's?
Wow. Great answer!
Feb
23
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Feb
23
comment Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?
Great answer. Thank you. That's a lot of stuff I didn't know. American history has never been a strong point :o)
Feb
23
revised Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?
Retitled question to make context clearer
Feb
23
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Feb
23
comment What aternative locations were considered for the United Nations?
@MichaelF: Before the UN, the USA was broadly disinterested in events outside the Americas. Certainly the USA was not "the lead in these organisations" before the UN. But the "United Nations" was a term first used to mean the Allies of WW2; it was only gradually that it was conceived to replace the moribund League of Nations (moribund partly because of US isolationism). The USA was, however, the most powerful of the Allies by war-end, which makes it much less surprising that the UN bureaucracy ended up in Manhattan. The League, of course, had been headquartered in Geneva.
Feb
22
comment Why are many African nations poor?
@LennartRegebro: We appear to be using different definitions of Socialism. Wikipedia would appear to agree with my terminology: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism#After_World_War_II. We're going to have to agree to disagree here.
Feb
22
revised Why did the USA stay out of the League of Nations?
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Feb
22
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Feb
22
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Feb
22
comment Why wasn't the Republic of Ireland invaded (by either side) in WW2?
More on the close ties: during "The Emergency", German airmen in the Republic would end up in the Curragh, whereas Allied airmen would find their way across the border into Northern Ireland. Indeed the D-Day landings were decided by a weather report from Blacksod Bay, Co Mayo. See Irish neutrality during WW2 on Wikipedia and JP Duggan, Herr Hempel at the German Legation in Dublin 1937–1945, ISBN 0716527464 for more.
Feb
22
comment What language(s) were spoken within the Holy Roman Empire?
@Noldorin: Yes, that's a fair point, though the cities within areas of the Empire we now consider Slavic but founded during the Ostsiedlung tended to be quite Germanised, even if their hinterlands were still Slavic. But yes, I think I'm being more pedantic than is helpful :o)
Feb
22
comment Why are many African nations poor?
I would strongly disagree there. Whilst Scandinavia is more social-democrat than socialist, it's probably the best examples in Europe of socialism without that being a cypher for Leninism. That "socialism doesn't work" is very much ideology, not fact. That Leninist policies claiming to be socialist (regarded by the West as communist) don't work has indeed been proven by the Bolshevik experiment last century, but there are plenty of socialist policies that are still both definitely popular and that work -- better than neoliberal capitalism by some estimations. But this is not the place :o)
Feb
21
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Feb
21
comment What language(s) were spoken within the Holy Roman Empire?
Wow. An excellent answer. To be slightly pedantic, there would have been little Polish in the area on the map (which was broadly Germanised until after WW2, and Poland-Lithuania was its own powerful state to the east of the Empire.) There were (and, to a lesser extent still are) a handful of West Slavic languages in what is now eastern Germany and western Poland. Whilst Switzerland was only nominally within the Empire by 1600, Romansh probably counts too.
Feb
21
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