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comment When and how did English become the Lingua Franca?
@Sardathrion - Is that actually true? There are a rather a lot of former UK possessions out there (eg: India, with nearly a billion people) where the English is either BE, or a local derivative of it unrelated to AmE. Additionally, I notice we AmE speakers don't seem to be much of a majority on the English stack.
Aug
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comment Was the attack on Pearl Harbor totally unexpected?
Carriers at that time were not considered very important ships by the USA navy. Japan felt differently (and were about to teach the Americans that lesson), but the USA essentially just had them because their opponents had them. So I find it unlikely in the extreme that their absence that day was a result of any clever plan on the USA's part. Hanlon's Razor should be applied here.
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comment How were British personnel employed in the colonies after independence
@Arani - I would suspect "Cost of Living" was just a dodge, as they weren't exactly commuting back to the UK every night after work. The real reason for pay disparity would have been a combination of market forces and racisim. Racial pay disparities were quite common in that era (For example, I know both the Panama Canal Company and the Transcontinental Railroad paid workers in part based on national origin). In the case of the former American colonies, everyone in question was of the same race, so I'd be surprised if that was an issue there.
Aug
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comment How did Germany produce such an impressive portfolio of officers for WW2?
Actually, the explanation I always heard back in the day for the lack of fame all things Eastern Front in WWII was that the USSR was not nearly as forthcoming with their wartime military records to researchers as the governments on the other side of the Iron Curtain were. Thus there just wasn't the same level of actual documented information available. I remember a lot of excitement from Historians in the late '80's that the changes in Eastern Europe might finally start to open up eastern european war records to researchers.
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comment How was King Henry VIII able to get syphilis?
I'm of the opinion that the evidence for a New World origin is far more compelling. However, you are quite correct to point out that this is still an unsettled issue.
Aug
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comment What is the oldest movie theater in the US that has been in continuous use as a movie theater?
I found a couple of references to theaters of that name online, but one wasn't built until the 20's, and the other is now a CVS pharmacy.
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comment Why did no Independent American Indian states ever develop?
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comment Why did no Independent American Indian states ever develop?
@Derfder - Actually, Indian National soverienty is a very complex issue. What exactly it means to be a separate native nation within the USA today, and how far it is really poltically possible to take that, is essentially entirely what the body of my sister's book is about. (Although as an anthropologist and history hater, she disagrees. We've had this discussion.).
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comment Why did no Independent American Indian states ever develop?
Note that my pumping of Colonial Entanglement has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that my baby sister is the author. Nope, not a thing. :-)
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