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May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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revised What was the last landmass on Earth to be settled by human beings?
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May
8
comment How effective were longbow archers against plate-armored infantry?
This answer is a great read. However, its also predominantly personal speculation and analysis with no supporting links whatsoever, so I can't bring myself to upvote it.
May
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May
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awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
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awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
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comment In Civil War Reenactments why do people walk across the battlefield
Think about it this way: In the face of all that enemy fire looking for a good place to aim a shot, do you want to be the guy in front of everyone else?
Apr
17
revised Were early accounts of ancient child prostitution accurate?
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Apr
15
comment Do more Britons than Americans profess Christianity?
Downvoting this not because I disagree, but because I think its a) Entirely based on personal opinion, b) A statement of personal religious belief masquerading as a statement about mass belief, and c) A badly-argued specimen at that.
Apr
15
comment Is external expansion an element of fascist ideology
Expansionisim was always an integral part of Italian Fascisim. If they didn't accomplish all that much, it was for want of ability, not desire.
Apr
14
comment Why are some Americans more religious than European counterparts?
@JeroenK - Check on the wikipedia page on State Religon. Europe is one of essentially 3 areas of the world that still have them. However, the other two areas aren't exactly notable for their lack of belief in God, so I have to think there's something else behind this.
Apr
11
comment Why did it take so long for humanity to be able to cross the oceans?
@sds - There were theories. Columbus didn't come up with his size by himself. He just purposely chose the estimates (both of Earth size, and the size of Asia) that helped his case. But even if everyone knew the right size, you're actually making my point here. If you used the actual size of the earth and Asia (rather than Columbus' huge underestimation), and there hadn't been any intervening land until the Indies, everyone on board Columbus' three ships would have died. That's why nobody else was foolish enough to try it.
Apr
11
comment Why did it take so long for humanity to be able to cross the oceans?
@BenCrowell - I'm rather impatient with those arguments (and their implicit implication). There's no land bridge now, and the natives who live in the Aleutians make the crossing with native boats daily. Island chains like the Aleutians are hardly a barrier at all for Homo Sapiens Sapiens.
Apr
11
comment Why did it take so long for humanity to be able to cross the oceans?
Mostly agree with this, although there is also the mental problem not knowing what's over there yet (and thus how much food and water you need to bring to avoid everyone involved slowly dying).
Apr
9
comment Were Tories “Catholics” and “Whigs” Anglican?
Note also that there are those who say that the northnern American colonies tended to get populated with transplanted Whigs and Dissenters, and the southern with transplanted Tories (eg: The Virginia Cavaliers), thus creating the germ of the North/South cultural divide the USA maintains to this day.
Apr
9
comment Roman Gladiators using an axe
Actually, part of the spectacle of the gladitorial games was that they'd pit fighters with different (and exotic) styles against each other. Since Germans were known to use axes in battle, it beggars belief that they'd never used one equipped with his native armament in a contest.
Apr
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comment Have there been other examples of reunification/annexation, such as in the Crimea, that succeeded without using deadly force?
What is your evidence that it would have been any less successful if they had fought? If left as a bald statement like this, its going to be tough not to address that assertion. If that isn't what you want to happen, you might consider removing it.
Apr
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comment What factors made Austria adhere to “Diplomacy through marriage” doctrine?
I'm not necessarily against answers that attack the premises of the question. However it seems to me in this case that the examples cited actually strengthen the question's case.
Apr
7
comment What language did Petlura speak casually?
@DVK - Yeah, the more I read up on this, the more I'm thinking the writer quite likely did this with a character of his on purpose.
Apr
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revised What language did Petlura speak casually?
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