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Aug
31
comment Why did Shostakovich not release his 4th, but did release his 5th symphony?
@Semaphore - I'm not the OP, but if I were, I'd say no it doesn't. It offers at least two different reasons, and doesn't really get into enough historiography on either of them to know anything more about them than that they exist. More detail than that might be nice.
Aug
28
comment WWI : odds to cross the man's land alive
Kinda with Pieter on the "fools" issue. From a strict personal survival standpoint, such behavior is foolish. More to the point, I've seen authors describing tactics of the era use similar verbiage. I haven't looked into it deeply, but from fictionalized works I get the impression that kind of fatalistic sense of humor about the situation was typical for the era.
Aug
21
revised Has feudalism been a programmed event for nations in the past?
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Aug
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revised Has feudalism been a programmed event for nations in the past?
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Aug
21
answered Has feudalism been a programmed event for nations in the past?
Aug
21
comment How and Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse?
Examples of questions on this theme that were specific enough to stay open: Was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan one of the major reasons that led to the fall of Soviet Union? and Is there any evidence to support the claim that the US Strategic Defense Initiative played any significant role in undermining the USSR?
Aug
20
comment PANDA Source Analysis
My web searches mostly turned up actual hits for Pandas. This might be a situation where search engines get too swamped with irrelevant hits to be helpful (could be worse. At least he didn't learn the "grumpy C.A.T. method"...)
Aug
20
comment What was the role of U.S. involvement in World War II?
...which cannot really be answered except by rank speculation on our users' part. Alternate history questions almost always get closed here. I could see where a question asking about the soundness of particular bits of reasoning in that book might stay open, but even that would probably be a close call.
Aug
20
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Aug
19
revised Contemporary objections to the Bill of Rights's 1st Amendment / Declaration of the Rights of Man, art. 10?
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Aug
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revised Contemporary objections to the Bill of Rights's 1st Amendment / Declaration of the Rights of Man, art. 10?
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Aug
19
comment Contemporary objections to the Bill of Rights's 1st Amendment / Declaration of the Rights of Man, art. 10?
Perhaps "Contemporary objections"?
Aug
19
comment Where did Medieval Europe's gold come from?
I'm kinda with @congusbongus on this one. Perhaps this is just a matter of taste, but I don't like to read answers this long (MTV generation. Sorry.) If I did have a hankering for that much text I'd be perfectly capable of clicking the link myself and reading the original. A summary about 1/3 this size or so would have been about perfect.
Aug
19
comment How do modern historians evaluate Sherman's “Total War”?
@BruceJames - Not really, I can't. There is no universal agreement on what the "new ethics of warfare" are, and by the official US policy, "scorched earth" tactics are not off-limits. Oldcat's answer makes the argument that Sherman didn't employ them anyway, but even if he had, that's still acceptable warfare by US doctrine.
Aug
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revised Tolstoy's view of history
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18
revised How do the kings and important figures in history get the titles?
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18
revised How is the year “753 BC” given in ancient legends about the founding of Rome?
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18
revised Why didn't Britain's nuclear weapons deter Argentina from invading the Falklands?
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Aug
18
revised Is there any evidence that the fall of the Tibetan empire led to an increase in Buddhism?
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18
revised Should I trust a church history book that's more than 50 years old?
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