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May
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comment Was it Bismarck who said: “He who is master of Bohemia is master of Europe”?
...or that someone else said it, and it was later attributed to Bismarck, as he was a more respected source. See history.stackexchange.com/questions/2726/…
May
19
comment When did bombs actually look like this?
well, some of us are old enough that we are actually more familiar with this image from Mad Magazine's Spy vs. Spy
May
15
revised Did the syphilis epidemic start the 16th and 17th century wig craze?
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May
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May
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comment Is there a possibility that the Islamic civilization visited America before Colombus?
I don't see any support whatsoever for the assertion made in the last paragraph. The map in question was made almost 20 years after Columbus, and the article you linked seems to assert that all the New World material came from Columbus' maps.
May
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May
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comment How effective were longbow archers against plate-armored infantry?
That's fine. Just say stuff like "Dr. Fred argues..." where Dr. Fred is the author of the longbow book you are referencing.
May
9
comment Who turned the (originally) “anti-slavery” GOP into the “pro-business” party?
@jwenting - On a reread, that part bothered me too. I think I've cleaned it up a bit. Perhaps its still not exactly complimetary, but then that isn't History's job. IMHO they still come out of this looking far better than the Democratic party, who were the ones actively fighting against civil rights in the South at the time. But on a cold hard look at the end of Reconstruction, nobody looks very attractive.
May
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revised Who turned the (originally) “anti-slavery” GOP into the “pro-business” party?
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May
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May
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revised What was the last landmass on Earth to be settled by human beings?
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May
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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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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.