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comment What reasons did the Confederacy have for believing they would have a quick victory?
@AlaskaRon - I have trouble picturing the leaders of a society founded ultimately on a belief in their own racial superiority feeling like revolts among Greeks or Chinese had any relevance to their situation.
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comment System of Government where the Same Family Cannot Inherit
@fdb - But that isn't entirely straight. There are in fact several married catholic priests running around today. I believe the typical path for that is conversion from the Episcopal(/Anglican) Church. It seems the Catholic Church considers conversions from nearby protestant sects a higher priority...
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comment Why was there a reference to the Battle of Hastings in Harper Lee's novel?
I was under the impression that wry hyperbole for humorous purposes was essentially how Brits do what they call sarcasm. But then again, as an American I'm not an expert on these things.
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comment Why was there a reference to the Battle of Hastings in Harper Lee's novel?
In the USA at least this is a historically important book of the mid to late 20th Century, and had an impact on the Civil Rights movement. Also, I'd argue the question is about what would be in the mind of an author in that same period when they said something like this. Its fairly recent history (I wasn't alive yet, but some of our readers were I'm sure), but I'd argue it IS still history.
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comment Why was there a reference to the Battle of Hastings in Harper Lee's novel?
One thing this answer undersells: While its true that Southerners got social status from being able to trace their genealogy back to the colonial period, and then to England, you were mostly socially OK if it ended there. Thus "back to the Battle of Hastings" is a wry exaggeration (or what the English might call "sarcasm").
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comment System of Government where the Same Family Cannot Inherit
...sort of. Its perfectly legit to be married before you enter the priesthood. They insist on celibacy, not virginity. There are even a fair number of married priests running around today. Wikipedia lists 6 Popes who were married and had kids, one of which also became Pope. But I think its fair to say this was highly unusual.
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comment Accidental wars
@Bregalad - I thought about that one, but IMHO it wouldn't qualify because the assassination was quite deliberate. You could even argue it worked too, as the country the assassin wanted was indeed formed at the end of the ensuing war.
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comment Illegal election or coup d'état that brought to the same result than a regular election would have
OTOH, if they hadn't done this, most likely the Soviets would have found some other way to corerce (or force) them into making a communist-friendly government. So in a way it does qualify as an example (if we ignore that these "other ways" probably wouldn't have observed the letter of local law either).
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comment How densely populated were the Americas prior to European colonization?
Seconding Greg. The text all looks right to me, but we expect references in good answers on this stack. I'm actually aching to give this an upvote. In fact, I'll lend you one of my references to get you started...