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Apr
8
comment Could the Confederates have done better at Gettysburg if they had put cavalry in front of, rather than behind, Pickett's charge?
The advent of things like stirrups and rifled firearms may have changed the equation a bit in the intervening 2000 years, no?
Apr
8
answered Has scholarship shown that persecuted religious minorities have tended to be financially successful?
Apr
7
revised Which is the oldest language in the World?
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Apr
7
comment Who is the person sitting to the left of corporal Hitler?
Given all the green foliage behind your son, I'd say it was probably taken in a city park somewhere in a temperate climate. Most likely it was about an hour before sundown. ;-)
Apr
7
revised Tito's partisans loyalty
Add in a wee bit of demographic backup
Apr
6
comment At the Battle of Zama, was the Roman army more “native” than the Carthaginian?
Hanibal started his career as the commanding general for the Carthaginian empire in Spain. As such, it really shouldn't surprise anyone if he had a large amount of Spanish troops.
Apr
5
comment Does Japan have the right to have its own army or navy?
I'm tempted to give a complementary answer to the two we already have. However, it would entirely involve the modern political environment in that region. That leads me to think you might consider asking this same question over on Politics.SE.
Apr
5
comment Which is the oldest language in the World?
Essentially my answer, so +1 for being correct. :-)
Apr
5
answered Which is the oldest language in the World?
Apr
4
comment Was there any new military innovation during the Siege of Malta?
I have two quibbles with the contents of this answer: 1 - Greek Fire was supposedly invented in 672. Unless they did something unusual with it, a 900 year old technique can hardly be considered an innovation. 2 - I don't see how the quoted passage jibes at all with Wikipedia's statement that nobody is really sure how it was made. At best this is just Mr. Pickles' theory, right?
Apr
4
comment Could you help me identify this photograph that was taken shortly after World War 2?
Yup. The bench rows are even identical.
Apr
4
comment Has the American Civil War led to any significant innovations in 19th-century warfare?
@Drux - Well, I guess it depends on what you consider "few". IMHO the stuff I listed is rather a lot of important things, but I'm not entirely sure what would be a typical number and quality of innovations for a war of this size. We probably ought to just let the data speak for itself.
Apr
4
comment Are there any good sources on the history of the name for Kazakhstan?
This is the case for English and any word from a language that has a different alphabet. Generally words get phonetically transliterated, but there's rarely a one-to-one phoneme translation either, so there really is no correct translation.
Apr
4
comment Successors of the Roman Empire
What the Ottomans and Habsburgs were fighting over in the 15th century was the remnants of the Byzantine Empire, not the Roman Empire.
Apr
3
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Apr
3
revised Is there a link between the Easter rabbits and the Yaknehaz rabbits?
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Apr
3
reviewed Approve Is there a link between the Easter rabbits and the Yaknehaz rabbits?
Apr
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revised Is there a link between the Easter rabbits and the Yaknehaz rabbits?
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Apr
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comment Is there a link between the Easter rabbits and the Yaknehaz rabbits?
(Migrated from a Judiasim-oriented stack. I've deleted some of the obsolete comments discussing migrating the question)
Apr
3
revised Wasn't it a tactical mistake for Saladin to send fruits and water to Richard I when ill?
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