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revised Why did Europe not see Roman-era numbers of men participating in battles until the 17th century?
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answered Why did Europe not see Roman-era numbers of men participating in battles until the 17th century?
Jan
23
comment Mystery of the many-loaded muzzles
@Schwern - If some comments are obsolete, flag them and let the mods look them over.
Jan
23
comment Mystery of the many-loaded muzzles
Interestingly, it looks like soldiers firing unusually heavy weapons were more likely to really fire them. There might be some physical explanations for that too, but it jibes well with the psychological one. If you're using one of the big guns and don't fire it, people are much more likely to notice (also, if you like firing guns, you'd likely gravitate toward the bigger ones, given a chance. The gun enthusiasts I know are certainly that way).
Jan
23
revised Mystery of the many-loaded muzzles
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Jan
23
comment Before the Land Bridge Theory, how was human presence in the Americas explained?
@Drux - Kon-Tiki was not about the population of the Americas. What Heyerdahl was proposing was that Early Americans were ancestral to the Polynesians (not the other way around).
Jan
23
comment Before the Land Bridge Theory, how was human presence in the Americas explained?
Solutrean is a thing. However, it only dates back to about 1998, so it is not a pre-Beringa theory.
Jan
18
comment Is chain mail expensive?
What I think is being missed is that today it is expensive, because labor (at least outside the developing world) is very expensive today. However, in Europe between roughly the fall of the Roman Empire and the population contraction that came with The Black Plague, unskilled labor was very cheap. So while today "labor intensive" = "expensive", that was not the case then.
Jan
16
comment Identification of location and type of bi-plane
@mgkrebbs - Not that this means much, but there are other places that resemble that location. I know the AFB/Airport in Albuquerque happens to abut the (Sandia) mountains very much like that.
Jan
16
revised What came before the Zamboni?
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Jan
16
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Jan
15
revised Why did Operation Market Garden go ahead when the allies knew German armor was in the area?
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Jan
15
revised Was there a secret side-agreement between the USSR and Nazi Germany to summarily execute the Polish officer corp?
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Jan
15
comment Was there a secret side-agreement between the USSR and Nazi Germany to summarily execute the Polish officer corp?
I believe I saw a version of this story from Churchill's point of view in his "History" (memoirs) of the war. I'll see if I can find it.
Jan
13
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Jan
13
comment Why, in the US, is Japanese brutality ignored compared with the Nazi brutality in WW2?
I'm not convinced this answers the question. It attempts to affirm the basis of the question, but there's no answer to the "Why?" question in here.
Jan
12
revised Is this Brzezinski quote real?
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Jan
12
comment When were the first mosques established in Constantinople?
Is it possible that bit was mistranslated? From the title, I gather that work was in Latin, which ceased to be a living language before Mosques existed.
Jan
11
revised Who were the pre-Celtic inhabitants of Western Europe?
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Jan
9
revised What is the story behind the tall Northern offshoot on the West Virginia map?
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