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

based in London, United Kingdom


Oct
15
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
If bayonets counted as words (they're not, but they're still pointed weapons), I would accept this. +1 nonetheless.
Oct
15
comment Historically accurate WW2 simulation
I'm voting to close, sorry. This isn't directly about history, and really belongs on the gaming site...
Oct
15
comment Is there any documentation regarding the use of war elephants in battles?
They usually backfired on the Carthaginians/Hannibal's army, due to superior Roman tactics and the unreliability of the creatures in many case. However, perhaps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rhone_Crossing ?
Oct
15
comment Third Reich? What were the other two?
I don't want to knock this answer, for you're not doing anything wrong, but the question really shouldn't exist. It's as trivial a general-reference question as you get! It's like free rep points for whomever can look up Wikipedia the quickest. To be fair, my quibble is that this SE site doesn't offer an option to close as GR, unlike some others.
Oct
15
comment What was the typical peasant's diet like in Europe during the High Middle Ages?
Great question, which could open up for some interesting answers. I do however feel you need to specify a region, or several regions... An English Medieval diet would have differed significantly from an Italian or Russian medieval diet, for example!
Oct
15
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
Thanks for the answer. This sounds like a pretty late occurrence of swords. Indeed, I always expected cavalry sabres were the final type to be used. And it makes sense that the Russian military, often reputed as the most 'backwards' and 'behind times' would have used them last... Will wait for other answers, but I think this is likely to be the one. :-)
Oct
15
comment What really happened to the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?
Oh no, I thought it was obvious I was only asking about the 10 tribes, hence the question title. :-) But thank you for providing the historical quote anyway; I wasn't aware of it. The answer to the second question is as vague as I expected, though I was hoping someone might have some specifics to dig out of some obscure research paper! :-)
Oct
14
comment What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
Your question answers itself really. (And @Lev clarifies well.) Fewer labourers means demand for the few labourers increases, and thus so does their ability to charge more. Inflation just creates a positive-feedback cycle as the labourers need more money just to survive.
Oct
14
comment How did Magnus IV of Sweden come of age at 15?
You want to get the rightful king on the throne as soon as possible, usually. Otherwise power-hungry regents/nobles can make their move. That's the obvious answer I think, and probably the correct one.
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.