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entrepreneur; graduate in mathematics / theoretical computer science / theoretical physics; polymath-in-training

based in London, United Kingdom


Oct
14
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Fair answer, but I think saying what the Germans got in Russia was "unexpected" is highly misleading. It bears striking semblance to Napolean's invasion some hundred-and-thirty years earlier! Only the Mongols had great success invading Russia, really.
Oct
14
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
If Japan had chosen to attack Russia, and Germany had focused its attacks on Russia, Russia would have had little hope to be fair. Britain being the premier world power before the rise of Germany/U.S. around World War II time would have presented a much larger challenge, especially being on an island.
Oct
14
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
I would up-vote, except for that this mainly re-iterates @Sardathrion's answer and my comment on his answer...
Oct
14
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
Interesting. I am wondering whether cavalry sabres were used in the First World War at all, though? Crimean War sounds about right though, since I vaguely recall the "Light Brigade" used them.
Oct
14
revised Where did the Gaels originate?
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Oct
14
comment Evidence of cross contamination between Japanese and Western sword fighting styles?
But yes, to clarify, my answer would probably be "no", but I have no real evidence, so I'll leave this for others to answer. There's a possibility post-Meiji restoration swordfighting (if any?) was influenced by the Western style, but I'm not confident.
Oct
14
asked When were swords last used in European warfare?
Oct
14
comment Evidence of cross contamination between Japanese and Western sword fighting styles?
By the time of the Sengoku-jidai, Western sword-fighting technique was already very mature and had evolved over many centuries. Furthermore, the sword was becoming increasingly ceremonial and less useful on the battle-field. This actually brings up an interesting question, though, which I think I'll ask separately. :-)
Oct
14
revised What really happened to the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?
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Oct
14
comment Was the Battle of Tours really the turning point for the Umayyad expansion into Europe?
My own personal view is that the terrain in France, combined with the military superiority of the Franks and nearby forces (compared to the Visigoths) would have proven extremely costly to the invading Moors had they attempted again.
Oct
14
comment Was the Battle of Tours really the turning point for the Umayyad expansion into Europe?
I was waiting for this question to come out. :-) It's an interesting point of debate.
Oct
14
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Oct
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asked Where did the Gaels originate?
Oct
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asked What really happened to the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?
Oct
14
comment What technological/economic factors triggered the Industrial Revolution?
Interesting, I have seen it well argued that Britain's Industrial Revolution was largely due to Britain's excellent reserves of fossil fuels (especially charcoal) compared to other advanced European nations at the time (e.g. France, Germany, Italy).
Oct
14
comment What technological/economic factors triggered the Industrial Revolution?
This sort of answers how the Agricultural Revolution came about (in Great Britain), which was indeed an important precursor to the Industrial Revolution, but far from it.
Oct
14
comment Why was Africa colonized last of the continents in the Age of Discovery?
The technological advancement of sub-Saharan Africa was really no greater (and in many cases lesser) than that of the Meso-American and South American cultures at that the time. It simply would have taken a lot more manpower to defeat the much larger African population. Not to mention, the Americas were perhaps more resource-rich.
Oct
14
comment Why did non-monarchic rule meet with so little success in ancient China?
Oligarchic rule existed in Ancient China at some point, I believe. Democracy was never existent in any form. One could argue it is a cultural/social thing, which would have some support... I'll leave the more knowledgeable folk to answer though.
Oct
14
comment What led to the creation of Belgium?
It's a complex scenario, from what I've heard. The Flemish feel more in common with the Dutch and the Walloons with the French. To me, it makes most sense to keep the Brussels region independent and Wallonia/Flanders will join France/Netherlands respectively.