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Oct
18
comment What factors permitted Buddhism to be successful in Japan but Christianity less so?
I'm not answering your question I'm afraid, but I can say that Buddhism was introduced to Japan much earlier than Christianity, and had much longer to integrate. Buddhism is also arguably a religion much more subject to interpretation and integration into arbitrary cultures, whereas Christianity permeates all aspects of daily life in a more domineering/blatant way, I'd argue. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but Christianity was only introduced to Japan during/close to its period of seclusion/non-involvement with the rest of the world -- this could explain a lot!
Oct
18
comment Did the roman conquerors have directives/guidelines to either integrate or assimilate foreign tribes/folks?
But to be sure, the Romans were never intent on suppressing cultures, only an imposing there's where they saw fit. Usually, in order to maintain territory and control and promote their idea of civilisation.
Oct
18
comment Did the roman conquerors have directives/guidelines to either integrate or assimilate foreign tribes/folks?
@Hauser: It was all a passive assimilation. Some Romans migrated to newly conquered territories, often the ruling and military class, and often developed the infrastructure there. Consider that most of pre-Roman Europe was highly uncivilised and non-technically very primitive. Any native person wishing to succeed in life would be sure to learn Latin and adopt Roman customs and culture. Failure to adhere to Roman codes were often treated very severely. After a century or two, assimilation was pretty good and tendency to rebel diminished.
Oct
18
comment Did the roman conquerors have directives/guidelines to either integrate or assimilate foreign tribes/folks?
@Andrei: Correct. They only started clamping down on Christianity when it was proving to be an ideological opposition to loyalty to the Emporer, and also creating radical rebellions. They let the Jews practice there religion freely as well; they only persecuted them in response to rebellions.
Oct
18
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
@Caimen: Thank you. +1 now. The British Empire in fact should get credit too, since many Australians and Canadians fought for the British Empire in WWII... though I won't be that much of a pedant :-)
Oct
18
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
@Rincewind42: No, you don't. "it was not possible for England to counter attack in Europe" for one, is wrong. I don't care if your Scottish, you're still being incorrectly Anglocentric. Scotland isn't a country either, remember. Only the UK is.
Oct
18
comment Which 11 countries were democratic in 1941?
@Rory: Not at all. Please do not confuse universal suffrage (which only appeared in any country during the last century) and democracy! The former is a subset of the latter.
Oct
18
comment When was divorce made illegal again in Ireland?
As in, 5 minutes on Google could answer the question for you, easily. :-P
Oct
18
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
Alright, well sorry, but you're missing out on an up-vote and potential accepted answer then. A recorded rumour by a single soldier isn't quite enough for me I'm afraid.
Oct
18
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
No, no, no! England is not a country, and has not been for several hundred years. (The United Kingdom of) Great Britain is the country that participated in the war you mean. In fact, the British Empire as a whole entered the war. You do grave injustice to the Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Canadians, Indians and many others who fought for the British Empire.
Oct
18
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Germany controlled far from the entire European peninsula. Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, and much of Scandinavia, not to mention all of European Russia were free from German control (albeit weak). So was Italy, technically, as it was an ally of Germany, though militarily much inferior.
Oct
18
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Please correct your answer. England per se has nothing to do with WWII; it had not existed as an individual country since the early 18th century. (The United Kingdom of) Great Britain is what you mean.
Oct
18
comment Why did Hitler declare war on the USA?
How very wrong Hitler was, on both accounts here! But really, by all accounts the Japanese military at the time of WWII was heavily modeled on the US military, its technology based on US and European technology, and its training and tactics ultimately American and European. It was playing catch-up with the US and great European powers for many years.
Oct
18
comment Did the roman conquerors have directives/guidelines to either integrate or assimilate foreign tribes/folks?
I sincerely doubt it was part of any formal guidelines. The tradition of cultural and social domination by Rome was a long-standing one, ingrained into the ruling classes.
Oct
17
comment What was the first recorded use of Aerial Weapons in warfare?
Do you actually mean aerial weapons or do you mean transport mechanisms? To me, Roman ballistae were aerial weapons!
Oct
17
comment Why wasn't the Republic of Ireland invaded (by either side) in WW2?
Good summary, I'd say. I've attempted to provide more detail/background info in my answer though, in addition.
Oct
17
comment Which Confederate State provided the most troops in the American Civil War?
@Steven Drennon: It was indeed! And yeah, they fought for the Union... I suppose it was rather more common than blacks in the Confederate army. Thanks for the reminder. :-)
Oct
17
comment Where did the Gaels originate?
Tempted to set a bounty for this about now...!
Oct
17
comment When was divorce made illegal again in Ireland?
General reference, methinks? Voting to close.
Oct
17
answered Why wasn't the Republic of Ireland invaded (by either side) in WW2?