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comment German invasion of Poland details
Hitler said stuff in speeches because he wanted his audience to believe it, not because he was trying to impart factual information. If it intersected with reality at all, it would have been by sheer happenstance, so trying to track any truth out of such statements is a fool's errand. A more interesting question to ask would be, "Why did he want his audience to believe that?"
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comment How far away could one be and still see the atom bomb explosions?
...technically I guess it doesn't answer the (slightly different) question in the title though. Based on the very rough formula here, I came up with a bit less than 54 miles (86km) as the furthest it could be seen over the horizon.
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comment How far away could one be and still see the atom bomb explosions?
My first reaction on seeing this question was to suggest it be moved to a math or physics stack to raise the odds of someone being able to provide this exact calculation. Good job.
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revised Why does Latin America has a higher number of surviving Native Americans than North America?
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revised Why does Latin America has a higher number of surviving Native Americans than North America?
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answered Why does Latin America has a higher number of surviving Native Americans than North America?
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comment France vs Germany in 1940: equipment vs. organization
This would have been my answer as well. The Germans developed a brand new tactic of concentrating their armor into special mobile units, where even the supporting infantry had mechanized transport so it could keep up. Then they could exploit any breaks in the front quickly and get deep behind enemy units to cut their supply lines. Most other armies just spread their tanks out amongst their normal units.
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revised Why did Russia give up its claims to the Oregon Country?
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comment Japan is a nation of twelve year olds: Why?
Sounds to me more like he was just saying that they were at the time relatively new at the whole "modern industrialized nation" thing.
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comment Why is there is a pan-slavic movement?
@Bregalad - What you call "separatism" is really just an extension of the same thing, as seen from the perspective of the ruling parties. Prior to the concept of Nationalism, the rulers were so separated from the interests of most of the ruled that it didn't really matter much which set of monarchs from the same extended family a peasant was supposed to kowtow to. When a middle class starts to develop and governments start to liberalize a bit, suddenly it matters a great deal.
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comment Why is there is a pan-slavic movement?
+1, particularly for the second paragraph. In light of this answer, it would be good to take a second look at the target of the assassination that started WWI. Archduke Ferdinand was thought to be in favor of granting the Slavs more autonomy. His ascension to the throne would have strengthened the "austro-slavists", to the detriment of then pan-slavists. His wife was a Slav (Czech), so this opinion would likely have had some spine. He was next in line to the throne, and the Emperor was in bad health...
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comment How historically accurate is 'India: A History' by John Keay?
Upvoted, because the question needed an acceptable answer. I'm always a bit uncomfortable answering and accepting on my own question, but some times it needs to be done.
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revised What language(s) were spoken within the Holy Roman Empire?
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comment When and why did marriage become about love?
There are probably a lot of lessons that may be drawn from that part of the story, but I don't think "this is how normal marriages work" is one of them.
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comment What is the origin of Indian weekday names?
Actually, I have heard multiple sources group Thor and Zeus together as "the Indo-European sky-god", since they both were gods who controlled thunder and lightning, and many non-Indo Europeans didn't have that particular natural force as a primary god. The presumption there is that the PIE people had a sky god that they all evolved from. I haven't looked lately into how accepted this view is.