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Apr
21
comment Why did English become Lingua Franca of the modern world?
@ssc - "EU" isn't a country (with a single predominant language) like the USA is. The NAFTA area is actually still larger (in terms of population and GDP) than the EU is. Not all of that area speaks English of course, but not all of the EU area doesn't speak English.
Apr
21
comment Why did England and Portugal cheap out on the Battle of Aljubarrota?
You got an upvote from me just for finding a reason to use the markdown "spoiler" tag on the History stack
Apr
21
comment Clan allegances
@MarkC.Wallace - I think this particular part of Scottish family tradition can be said to be objective. Either most everyone did it that way, or they did not.
Apr
21
comment Who considered themselves as “Prussian”?
@OlePetersen - Holstein got the "honor" of joining Prussia due to the fact that they had a very convenient succession crisis that Prussia used to start the wars that got them most of the rest of NW Germany.
Apr
20
comment “The signal on the Zibby is dead” - what is the meaning of “Zibby”?
The only thing I love more than this answer is the appropriateness of the user name of the answerer.
Apr
20
comment Does a reputation for cruelty to PoWs give a tactical advantage?
There's also the tit-for-tat issue. Wars generally contain more than one battle, and next time it may be you who has to surrender. So its in your own personal self-interest if the standard MO is leniency to the defeated. This was no small consideration. One WWII pilot reported that his commanding officers threatened to personally shoot down anyone caught shooting at a parachuting airman. This led to this famous incident.
Apr
19
comment How can we be sure that a certain historical claim is true and accurate?
A good example of this in action is the (now disputed) story of the Viking Blood Eagle. For detractors, it fails on all above accounts. It was never reported until long after Christianization (where presumably they had an interest in playing up the brutality of heathens), and all references trace back to only two original sources.
Apr
19
comment Where did the phrase “Great Divergence” come from?
Interesting thing about that wiki is that in its list of possible causes, it doesn't list the printing press, which is obviously the ultimate cause. ;-)
Apr
18
comment Who considered themselves as “Prussian”?
@PieterGeerkens - Yes, its effectively the last map on which Prussia as its own Kingdom. Pretty much any map I could have chosen would have been "intermediate", but I specifically wanted to show what Prussia directly owned at the foundation of Germany, since their primacy in the new unit was kinda the point of my answer.
Apr
18
comment Why is Hue's “Purple Forbidden City” so called?
My SWAG at it would be that this refers to the traditional association with (incredibly rare and expensive as a dye) purple and royalty. I thought that was more of a Roman thing though.
Apr
18
comment How much did a ship cost in Ancient Greece?
I'm glad you added the "how long" part. Ancient Greece wasn't exactly a market economy where you could go down to the boat showroom buy a tireme retail.
Apr
18
comment Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?
@Dale - Right. I didn't mention it because it wasn't English-speaking on that map. FWIW, I found a very interesting rivalry between Boston and Halifax. They essentially went to war with each other prior to the F-I war. So I suspect Nova Scotia would likely have taken whichever side Boston wasn't on. :-)
Apr
18
comment Who considered themselves as “Prussian”?
Tempted to draw parallels here with how southerners talk about "Washington", or perhaps other Brits talk about "London", but the OQ appears to be Swiss, so I'm not sure it would clarify things for them.
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