Reputation
30,039
Next tag badge:
106/100 score
19/20 answers
Badges
1 63 127
Newest
 Nice Answer
Impact
~572k people reached

10h
comment Did Charlemagne's Christian conquest of Germany cause the Vikings to hit back at Britain?
No link to the article you are referring to?
10h
comment Did Charlemagne's Christian conquest of Germany cause the Vikings to hit back at Britain?
I've heard this said as well, in regards to the Viking raids that preceded their colonization of England.
21h
comment How did McClellan's and Grant's strategies vary when capturing Richmond?
+1, this is pretty much it. I might argue with the "paper pusher" bit, but yes, whatever the opposite of a "good field commander" is, McClellan was one of those. Lee totally played him.
2d
comment Which was the last pitched battle fought by Western powers?
@CGCampbell ... and thus not "armies". I do think it ought to be possible to make this into a (nearly anyway) answerable objective question, but it needs a bit more tweaking to get there.
Jul
31
comment What disruptions were brought about by Islam , that the Arabians saw so many victories?
Agreed. It probably didn't hurt that for most of those places the invaders were closer culturally to the locals than their own imperial rulers.
Jul
30
comment Was the British Empire a force for good?
Reference: What have the Romans ever done for us?
Jul
29
comment How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
@PieterGeerkens That is not generally accepted in the scientific community, and considering the inflammatory nature of the charge, you really shouldn't throw it up like its some kind of known fact. Either way, its an argument about data, whereas I'm talking about the theories.
Jul
28
comment Does what Macaulay said or not said matter?
What little parts of this question that aren't subjective (and thus off-topic) are almost certainly covered by this question.
Jul
28
revised How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
deleted 5 characters in body
Jul
27
comment Why didn't Nixon erase the smoking gun?
To authoritatively credit that gap to Rosemary Woods is to accept as unvarnished truth at least part of the story that came out of the White House immediately after that gap was discovered. I'm not sure why we should do that, but then disbelieve her story that it accidental. If we think she might have been lying about that, why would we think it impossible that she's lying that it was her at all?
Jul
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
24
answered What was the opportunity cost to bombing the rail lines to Auschwitz?
Jul
24
comment What was the largest empire in terms of time of communication between its two ends?
@Semaphore - Typical method of travel in those parts probably would have been horseback, not foot, but I still think you have the right of it.
Jul
24
comment How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
@Oldcat - Touche.
Jul
23
comment How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
As an example of loss, there was this dirt poor half-educated kid in Africa around the year 2000 who managed to build his family, and then his village, a working electricity-generating windmill from some pictures he saw in library books and his own tinkering-based knowledge of electronics. That's a huge advance for his village where he's (probably quite rightly) seen as a genius. But what could this kid have been capable of if he'd had the education and resources of a first world country? And how many others do we lose to poverty?
Jul
23
revised How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
added 509 characters in body
Jul
23
revised How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
added 111 characters in body
Jul
23
answered How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
Jul
23
revised Why didn't Nixon erase the smoking gun?
added 126 characters in body
Jul
23
answered Why didn't Nixon erase the smoking gun?