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Aug
8
comment What Factors Have Led to the Duration of US Copyrights Continuously Increasing?
I like your historical and philosophical perspective.
Jun
6
comment How Did The US Justice System Lose Sight of Intent?
Perhapse the British system has experienced erosion of intent as well?
Jun
6
comment Why is Alexander Hamilton considered the father of modern banking?
So, basically he founded or started the modern American banking system.
Jun
6
comment How would a large kingdom be ruled?
Beaurocracy was and is the way governments operate (If police/army are included in beaurocracy).
Jun
5
comment How Did The US Justice System Lose Sight of Intent?
@KeithThompson I cannot defend my previous statment as I should have said that mandatory minimum sentences exacerbate the issue of intent: for example three convictions for selling marajuana = life in prison under the 3 strikes law.
Jun
3
comment How Did The US Justice System Lose Sight of Intent?
Mandatory minimum sentences often ignore intent and are also much more common in the USA.
May
30
comment Was democracy present in India before British colonization?
The link to the Anglo-Sikh war was fascinating. I haven't viewed all of them as of now.
May
30
comment Why did the British not introduce the sterling in India?
It would be nice to know why the British gave up hope-or why they did not replace the silver dollar in the Straits Settlements. It is good to know that the British tried.
May
29
comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
The cost of labor was twice as high in Britain compared to continental Europe-due to everything being more expensive on an island. Higher wages meant that labor saving technology was much more valuable in Britain than the rest of Europe.
May
18
comment Was democracy present in India before British colonization?
@E1Suave When I say "democracy pre-dating British colonization," I mean "democracy that was in no-way instigated by or associated with British influence." If during the time of the East India Company democracy existed without British influence, then that would count as pre-dating British Colonization. However if the East India Company instigated or strongly influenced the implementation of democracy then that would not qualify. I used the word Colonization instead of influence in the title because that was what instigated this question.
May
18
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
The 10th Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." The power to secede was not granted to the Federal government. Therefore...it is reserved for the States.
Apr
15
comment Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?
See also: mcgill.ca/maritimelaw/history/canada
Feb
23
comment Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?
@TomAu It is important to note that there was good logic behind the British decision to give Quebec control over the Midwest. The Indians there were allied with the French against the British colonies during the 7years war (1750s). When the Americans did enter the midwest there was war...a war Britain could not be bothered with as it was already fighting in Europe.
Dec
9
comment How did the existence of the Alps impact the development of Switzerland?
"and Greece" should be "of Greece" I can't edit yet.
Nov
30
comment Approximately what was the short-term economic loss to Britain as a result of the Revolutionary War being lost?
Lost tax revenue... which was rather insignificant. Also, lost military recruits. What about the costs of future wars? (1812) Hypothetical losses are rather difficult to determine.
Nov
5
comment Oldest Code of Law?
Hammurabi's code is actually several centuries younger than Ur-Nammu's code.
Nov
5
comment How did Quebec transition from French Law to English Law?
Britain did not impose British law on the French people of Quebec before the Quebec Act of 1774. What occurred in 1873 to begin the transition to more French influence?
Nov
4
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
@MichaelF I edited out the speculation, but it is more than slightly ironic that England broke-off the revolutionary war to counter the French threat in Europe, which was indirectly protecting the newly formed USA.
Nov
1
comment What effect did tanks have on warfare strategies upon their introduction?
historylearningsite.co.uk/tanks_and_world_war_one.htm
Oct
31
comment Is the Bible considered a reliable historical resource?
@NullUserException I have no problem with micro or macro-evolution according to the scientific definitions. However, evolution of man from amoebas would take a lot more than the scientific definition of macro-evolution.