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Mar
25
revised Why did the British control Hong Kong over 99 years?
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Mar
24
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Mar
24
comment How did commoners in late medieval to early modern Europe learn to read?
Note that the reformation for the most part came after the printing press. I would argue the printing press made the reformation. If Luther's 95 thesis had not been mass-printed, the church would have happily ignored him.
Mar
22
revised Why did Alexander found or rename a number of places after himself?
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Mar
22
answered Why did Alexander found or rename a number of places after himself?
Mar
22
revised Did the Indo-Greeks play a crucial role in promoting Buddhism?
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Mar
21
comment Battle of Seattle
@DarekWędrychowski - It means someone was writing their sociology thesis, and "using social media" didn't sound jargony enough.
Mar
20
comment Did the fights in the Ip Man movie series actually occur in real life?
Note that the main bad guy (often a Japanese commander/governor of some kind) being a really great hand-to-hand fighter and taking on the hero in the denouement is a standard Kung-Fu theater trope. I'd be shocked if I was watching such a movie and found it that such a thing had happened.
Mar
20
revised Did Hans Christian Oersted ever marry?
Cleaned up the grammar in the translation a bit
Mar
20
comment What was the death toll of non-Americans in the Vietnam War?
I'm guessing you also don't want to count French, who were fighting there long before the Americans were. Do you want to count SE asian deaths from the French period in the conflict?
Mar
20
comment At the Battle of Zama, was the Roman army more “native” than the Carthaginian?
BTW: My takeaway from this answer is more that it was about the Romans being a more cohesive force. The mercenaries were a symptom, not the cause. Even with that though, Hannibal flubbed the strategic setup for the battle too, so you can't say with certianty it was all about army composistion.
Mar
20
comment At the Battle of Zama, was the Roman army more “native” than the Carthaginian?
Good answer. Personally though, I'd rather see a verbal digest and a link than six paragraphs of quotation. As it is, I almost feel like I need to post an answer distilling your answer. :-)
Mar
20
comment Did Japan ever pay Russia war reparations after WW2? Why or why not?
@Anixx - The issue is that the Communists were fighting in the same area at the same time, and at times were even acting as de-facto allies of the Japanese (by attacking the same Government armies). There was essentially a three-sided civil war going on in the area, with the Japanese generally getting the best of it. Alternatively, one might argue that without the Japanese armies, the Communists likely would have been crushed early, so if anything they were the main beneficiary of Japanese aggression. It was really just a mess.
Mar
20
comment At the Battle of Zama, was the Roman army more “native” than the Carthaginian?
First sentence is dead on (although some might argue they were more allies than mercs, but that's a distinction only in scale). +1 The second paragraph is debatable. Hannibal did pretty damn good with what he had to work with. All you can really say without much argument was that Scipio was at least in his league. That's high enough praise for most.
Mar
20
revised At the Battle of Zama, was the Roman army more “native” than the Carthaginian?
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Mar
19
comment What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
I dunno. In a world where tax collection was more of an awarded government contract that a direct government job, it might make sense to consider it part of the "financial services industry" of the day.
Mar
19
comment Why did Poland keep Warsaw as its capital instead of returning it to Krakow in the 20th century?
You really, really need to work on shortening your answers a bit. However, I'm still giving you a +1 for introducing me to "Wladyslaw I the Elbow-high". :-)
Mar
18
comment Historical use of alcohol as a source of clean water
True. I was thinking of beer (grain fermentation) due to some recent articles (my bad). Fermented fruit can literally be found all over the ground during the right time of year.
Mar
18
comment Historical use of alcohol as a source of clean water
Got a link for this assertion? It sounds possible, but my understanding is that the origins of alcohol are still hotly debated.
Mar
18
revised What was Lenin's “New Economic Policy” and what complications did it have?
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