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comment What role did the Eastern Roman Empire play in the fall of the Western Roman Empire?
@Sally these types of "could it have happened" questions are very difficult to answer, particularly when dealing with many faceted structural issues such as the collapse of a state or an empire. In my opinion this question is far too broad, too speculative, and you would probably get better results asking more specific questions. You might want to consider formulating a more detailed question on the nature of the relationship between the Western and Eastern parts of the empire at the time.
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revised Why were balls used on the Medici coat of arms?
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reviewed Edit What was the Nature of Resistance in 1938 Czechoslovakia?
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revised What was the Nature of Resistance in 1938 Czechoslovakia?
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May
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comment Did the American Founders Debate on the Relative Size of the Government?
I apologize, but I noted that in my question that I continually referred to the U.S. "federal" government as opposed to U.S. governments in general. I edited the question because it made my purpose less clear (I'm still unclear as to why I did this in the first place). I'm more interested in whether there were debates on the size of governments (local, state, and federal) that might have been similar in character to modern American political debates on this topic at all levels. Jeffersonian Republicans seemed to favor localized governments, but did they ever worry that they could be too big?
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reviewed Close What other pairs of wars have had a ~25 year interval?
May
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comment What other pairs of wars have had a ~25 year interval?
First, it is difficult to say that these wars had a ~25 year interval of peace between them. Many of the countries that fought in WWI and WWII fought in wars between that time, both in their colonies and within Europe (the Spanish Civil War, for example). In general, even when isolating by country it is difficult to make such clear cut delineations.
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reviewed Leave Open Harvard Architecture: How did Harvard Mark I separate data and instruction?
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reviewed Approve Why does the monarchy of Belgium still exist after Leopold 2?
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comment Why did the US drop nuclear bombs on a weakened Japan?
Discouraging an active insurgency is certainly a valid motivation for the US to have dropped the bomb (although I personally haven't seen it explicitly in the historical record). One interesting difference between modern US anti-insurgency campaigns and the WWII pacific campaign in regards to Japan, is the level of economic support provided to Japan. It is arguable that the advantages (see Chalmers, "Blowback") offered to Japan such as access to the American market & trade secrets, economic investment, etc. was a similarly powerful determent to a Japanese insurgency.
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