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Jan
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revised What came before the Zamboni?
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Jan
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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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Jan
9
comment What is the story behind the tall Northern offshoot on the West Virginia map?
FWIW, if you are often interested in such stories, you would probably find the book How the States Got Their Shapes a good read. There was a TV series too, but I haven't seen it, and can't bring myself to recommend a show produced by the History Channel that I haven't seen.
Jan
9
revised Would Plutarch be considered a historian by modern standards?
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Jan
9
comment What is the origin of the Flower of Life symbol?
The question was what the origin of that pattern is. I might be missing something, but I don't see how this answers that question. Did you perhaps mean to leave this as a comment instead?
Jan
9
revised Why did the north and south struggle to control the territories before the American Civil War?
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Jan
9
answered Why did the north and south struggle to control the territories before the American Civil War?
Jan
8
comment Identification of ship and seaplane type
As an "Okie" myself, it is really amusing to see that name on the Oklahoma's lifeboat.
Jan
8
comment What percentage of men, ages 18 to 35, from the northern states served in the Union Army?
This is probably as good an estimate as any. However, it is worth noting that this was an ideological war as much as a geographic one, and probably every state (and many families) had men serving on both sides. I know my dad's (Missouri-based) side of the family did.
Jan
8
comment Has the U.S. Navy ever commissioned the building of a warship overseas?
That's a tough one. I'd say it comes really close to counting. If it flops over the bar is up for debate. However, if this is the best anyone can come up with, I think that's a pretty telling point as well.
Jan
7
revised Why was Africa colonized last of the continents in the Age of Discovery?
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