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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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comment Why are many African nations poor?
@astabada No, both Jared Diamond and I are well aware of the African Elephant. As explained in [i]Guns, Germs, and Steel[/i] the African Elephant wasn't domesticated, it was tamed. A major distinction brought about by the problem of captive breeding. Furthermore, the whole point of the referenced material is that it points out [i]why[/i] European nations were able to occupy Africa. Africa was able to develop more quickly initially than Europe, but the natural lack of domesticated plant and animal life (not cultural or genetic differences) is what ultimately lead to European domination.
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answered What Was the Political Condition of the Region that Encompasses the Modern Russian State in the time of the Roman empire?
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comment What was more expensive to lose in a gladiatorial fight: a gladiator or a rare animal?
Excellent first answer! Welcome to the site Alex, I'm sure you'll be a welcome addition.
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answered Were labor shortages ever a problem for the railroads in the Old West?
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answered Did Nikita Krushchev's support of Stalin's purges play a part in his removal from office?
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comment United States Incarceration Rate
Well, 2011 is history. Very recent history, but history none the less.
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