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Jun
9
comment How did Israel win the Six-Day War?
@JimThio, Regarding 'What egyptians could have have differently' ... They could choose not to pursue their "throw Sionists into sea" intentions. Which is a root of all their problems.
Dec
23
comment What was the first battle in history fought by vast-majority-% “distance-shooting” non-mechanized force?
The fight/battle is not fought with the purpose of two sides statically positioned N hundred meters from each other. And shooting at the enemy and that's all. It does not work like this. Preparation is done using artillery and air bombing, not by shooting from soldier's personal weapon, because penetrating force of a bullet is inefficient compared to penetrating force of the artillery shell or bomb. Shooting from personal guns begins when attack begins. You ask "by firing projectile weapons at a distance".... 1 meter is also a distance. You could clarify which distance you mean, but there is
Dec
23
comment Did Napoleon ever visit Modern Israel?
Napoleon did not reach Damascus. The Northernmost point he reached was Acre, 1799. Failing to take Acre, Napoleon returned to Egypt.
Nov
8
comment Why did Jews not immigrate to the Muslim world?
They did not speak Arabic language!
Oct
18
comment Did the roman conquerors have directives/guidelines to either integrate or assimilate foreign tribes/folks?
"they likely didnt allow knuckeld tribes to practice their religion/language". Wrong. Romans, as a matter of policy, generously allowed subdued tribes to practice their religion and to speak their languages. Obedience to the Governor, loyalty to the Emperor and taxes were demanded in return.
Oct
14
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Because he beleived his army can crush Russia in matter of 2 months.
Oct
14
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Germany wanted to expand. Has nothing to do with Fascism-vs-Communism. Before taking on Russia, Germany attacked and occupied numerous European countries with which Germany had no ideological battle. They were just obsessed with occupying territiories and to make up for the loss in WWI.
Oct
13
comment Was the Roman Empire based on a 'plunder economy'?
"by the citizenry". I do not think Roman citizens participated in productive labour. Production on the territory of Rome depended on [influx of] slaves... This in turn depended on successful conquers or on hold on colonies.
Oct
13
comment Supplies for army of Napoleon
The legend has it that inventor of canned food came to Napoleon with his invention just before Russian campaign. Napoleon refused to use the canned food in his troops. And that this eventually was one of the reason of failures of his food supply during the winter. Never knew if this legend was true.
Oct
13
comment Supplies for army of Napoleon
Your question is interesting. However, equally interesting question is "How chain of supply of Napoleo army failed during the winter in Rusia". You question assumes that his chain of suply was always successful. This was apparently not always true.
Oct
13
comment When did steel first appear?
@Seth, WHy not.
Oct
13
comment Language of Franks vs later French
cross-posted to french.stackexchange.com/questions/1439/…, with good results.
Oct
12
comment Why was the Cuban Revolution (1953-1959) ultimately successful?
@Wladimir, It was proximity of Cuba to US that made Cuba very desirable for USSR, no matter what resources had to be committed. Distance from USSR was not a significant issue. USSR had powerful sea fleet and air fleet to reach Cuba non-stop.
Oct
12
comment First evidence for replacement of barter trade by local abstract currency?
Better question qould be to ask for earliest examples. There is some island where aboroginals used special kind of seashells as equivalent of money. Not that anybody can prove their ancestors were the first to use "currency", but it shows that currency evolves in fairly low-level cultures. And of course in all ancient kingdoms, Babylon, etc, kings minted the coins and currency existed. Apparently currency appeared whenever separation of labour appeared, and it is possible to give early examples of currencies, but I don't think "first time" is known.
Oct
12
comment Why was the Cuban Revolution (1953-1959) ultimately successful?
Consider Soviet economic and military aid. Without Soviet support, Cuban revolution would not have survived for long.