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May
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comment 4th of July and Tchaikovsky
A large part of the reason is was "influential" was that it was televised, at a time when there were only 4 channels (counting PBS). So a sizable percentage of the country was watching (particularly those not on the East coast, as it would be on before it was dark enough to watch local fireworks).
May
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comment Why was Mexico's former ruling party named the *Institutional* Revolutionary Party?
Makes sense to me (+1), but some may not be as familiar with that French phrase and its significance. You may consider either translating it, elaborating, or at least linking to a definition.
May
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revised Which WWI generals wanted to be involved in close fighting but were forbidden?
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revised Why did Hitler not order the use of poison gas in combat?
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comment How common is nostalgia for the colonial perod in countries which gained independence in the 20th century?
One big red flag: If your question(s) is(are) phrased in the present tense, you might not have a history question.
May
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comment Why didn't “Europe” support the Byzantine Empire against the Turks?
@taninamdar - ...assuming he didn't actually mean just "Turks". The changeover from Seljuk leadership to Ottoman didn't really significantly change the nature of the threat Constantinople was facing.
May
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comment What's the origin of Crespi plates?
As near as I can tell, these are all claiming either old-world or even worse Atlantian origins for the script, which is such an extraordinary and seemingly-unlikely claim that it would need some seriously extraordinary evidence to back it up.
May
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comment Why was Japan not colonized?
What definition of "colonized" are you using? There's a literal definition we history folks like to use (founded colonies there, settlements made up entirely of its own people), and then there's the very broad cultural/political definition that other social sciences like to use.
May
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comment Why didn't “Europe” support the Byzantine Empire against the Turks?
(Oh... +1, but add some hyperlinks for stuff in here like Varna, the recapture, the FF Council, etc. and you'll vastly improve this answer).
May
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comment Why didn't “Europe” support the Byzantine Empire against the Turks?
Its actually debatable whether the reconstituted entity after 1261 should be considered "The Byzantine Empire" anymore. I'm of the opinion it should not, but I understand the argument from those who think it should.
May
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comment What's the origin of Crespi plates?
@TylerDurden - ...but again, that's just speculation. Occam's Razor would tell us we need to rule out a hoax before assuming anything that extravagant. You're absolutely right there.
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comment What's the origin of Crespi plates?
@TylerDurden - There are also no Sumerians in the Indus Valley. However, there were trade links, and it is thought their writing system may have come that way rather than being completely locally invented. This is the kind of mechanism I am thinking of.
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answered What's the origin of Crespi plates?
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comment Why didn't “Europe” support the Byzantine Empire against the Turks?
@Anixx - Venice was in fact the main party I was thinking of when I mentioned economic rivalry in my answer. However, "always" is a bit extreme. Venice was the last portion of the west under Byzantine rule (to the early 9th Century), and as late as the 12th century had an exclusive trading concession with Constantinople (hence its wealth). There was a falling out after that, the concession was given to Genoa instead, and that's what set the stage for the gutting of the Byzantine Empire that was the 4th Crusade 20 years later.
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comment Why didn't “Europe” support the Byzantine Empire against the Turks?
At the time Russia was Orthodox (not Catholic) and Lithuania followed their own native polytheistic belief system (not Christian until the 13th Century, and after that Orthodox as well), so technically they wouldn't count for this question. IMHO, Germany's and Italy's best excuse is that at the time the HRE wasn't really much of a state.
May
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answered When did hunting from trains stop?
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