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Sep
16
comment What prevented the Mongolian Empire from expanding into Europe?
This is a very similar question to history.stackexchange.com/questions/10572/… . Actually, sort of that question's flip side
Sep
14
answered Did the Assiniboine live around Fort Assiniboine (Canada)?
Sep
11
comment What motivated Marco Polo to share his trade knowledge?
+1 Being stuck in prison at the time with nothing else productive to do I think is the operative issue here. Also important is probably that he happened to be imprisoned with a man who had previously authored a book (and who I believe essentially did all the scutwork of writing and getting it published). Money was decidedly not a motivation, as this was a time long before author-centered copyright laws.
Sep
11
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Sep
11
answered What book on liberty did Lord Acton not write?
Sep
9
comment Actual quote from Henry II
One other thing that should be noted is that it is fairly common under monarchies for contemporaries to impugn the motives and criticize the actions of a King's advisers rather than the King directly (as that could be interpreted as treason).
Sep
7
accepted What is the origin of the myth of St. Valentine?
Sep
4
comment What if a slave entered a state without slavery?
Are you talking about the USA before the Civil War? I believe this is what initiated the famous Dred Scott case
Sep
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
3
comment The effect of the Panic of 1837 on financial/banking policy
Kudos for a really good question. Pre-20th century recessions ("panics") are very little remarked upon, particularly considering how huge of a deal such events are in the lives of the people living through them (and thus impactful on history).
Aug
31
comment Did Churchill advocate genocide of any innocent group of people?
In his younger days served in Egypt and the Sudan. So I'd look there, and perhaps in his writings on the subject.
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
21
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
revised PANDA Source Analysis
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