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revised Who are the modern descendants of the Khazar people?
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revised Was it ever illegal for two people of different religions to marry in the UK?
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comment Why did the kingdoms of Scotland and England merge?
Panama was the graveyard of nearly as many European dreams as it was of Europeans themselves.
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revised How do war elephants fight?
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comment What's the advantage of the infantry column formation in the Napoleonic Wars?
I'd suggest taking a second look at the "overwhelm them with superior numbers" part. The part I was quoting from in my answer was describing a scene where the column in question was marching against a unit that was far larger than itself (but also far inferior quality). That was fiction, of course, but I wouldn't be surprised to find that the same situation happened in an actual Napoleanic-era battle or two.
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comment Italian History from 1870-1913: Why did Italy have such a hard time becoming a Great Power like Germany
Was waiting till I could get to my library, but in case this doesn't get fixed, my answer would likely have been about relative population. There are just a whole lot more Germans than Italians, and in the era of Conscription that matters a lot.
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revised What's the advantage of the infantry column formation in the Napoleonic Wars?
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comment Absolute rulers who voluntarily resigned their power
@DVK - IMHO that mostly came from Southerners and Copperheads (his wartime and political enemies) and was mostly because of his suspension of Habeus Corpus (as allowed him by the Constitution). If he'd been a real dictator, you wouldn't have heard anyone saying so during his term.
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comment Absolute rulers who voluntarily resigned their power
@FelixGoldberg - Once you have supreme power, there is always the option of not resigning.
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answered Absolute rulers who voluntarily resigned their power
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comment Was the IMF complicit in destroying the Romanian economy?
A link to the wikipedia claim might be helpful here.
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revised What's the advantage of the infantry column formation in the Napoleonic Wars?
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comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
+1 one, just for thinking outside the box. However, the UK during this period was rather intolerant of Catholics, was it not? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Catholicism_in_the_United_Kingdom . Meanwhile, a German of just about any religous stripe (save perhaps anabaptist) could find a district ruled by a co-religonist. Admittedtly, that only did much good when they weren't fighting each other...
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comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
@spiceyokooko - Not quite. Its used because its a cheap and plentiful energy source. Had been used since the second century in England (and continuously since the 12th). However, nobody opened a proper mine until the late 1500's, after the mill towns started up (a process that began in the late 1300's). There just wasn't the demand for intensive mining before then. So I will still argue that the coal boom was an ultimate by-product of the sheep.
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comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
@spiceyokooko - So why did England need to mine so much coal when nobody else did? To heat all those dwellings in the new mill towns where all nearby wood had been used up. What were all those people doing in those mill towns? Milling wool.