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revised Wasn't it a tactical mistake for Saladin to send fruits and water to Richard I when ill?
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Apr
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comment Has any US President served in a government position with a foreign nation before or after their presidency?
Don't forget John Adams, who was engaged to defend the British soldiers who perpetrated the Boston Massacre
Apr
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comment Has any US President served in a government position with a foreign nation before or after their presidency?
I'd say no (but good try). He wouldn't have been given that position if he hadn't been a US general, and I doubt there was any confusion about whose interests he was there to represent. McArthur was in a pretty much identical postion wrt Japan after their surrender.
Apr
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revised Has the American Civil War led to any significant innovations in 19th-century warfare?
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revised Has the American Civil War led to any significant innovations in 19th-century warfare?
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revised Has the American Civil War led to any significant innovations in 19th-century warfare?
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answered Has the American Civil War led to any significant innovations in 19th-century warfare?
Apr
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comment Was the American Civil War the first to include multiple multi-day battles?
Its very tempting to attempt to answer the question you posed in your first paragraph. Perhaps you should make it a proper question.
Apr
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comment Medieval Saharan Caravan Navigation
@Drux - It is in fact the Tuareg we are talking about here too.
Mar
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comment Did the poor performance of the Red Army in the Winter War significantly contribute to German underestimation of the USSR's military capacity?
OTOH, you could argue that Hitler and his crowd already believed Slavs were next to worthless in a fight, particularly compared to Germans (no matter how they ended up doing against Finns). I'm interested to see the answers on this one.
Mar
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revised Were China's problems in the past two centuries due to “missing out” on the industrial age?
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revised Were China's problems in the past two centuries due to “missing out” on the industrial age?
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Mar
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comment Were China's problems in the past two centuries due to “missing out” on the industrial age?
Longtime readers here can probably guess that my answer posed to the question in the last paragraph will be information-based. If a member of society X and a member of society Y both figure out a great new way to do Z, but society X has printing presses and a large literate public and society Y does not, the innovation is much more likely to spread around society X. Multiply that by the number of people in said society, and multiply again by decades or centuries and you have a huge difference.
Mar
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answered Were China's problems in the past two centuries due to “missing out” on the industrial age?
Mar
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comment Were there biological weapons used in WW1?
There was a really bad "Spanish" Flu pandemic that killed perhaps 100 million worldwide right in the middle of WWI. For a while it was killing more soldiers than enemy fire was. I've never heard of one side trying to deliberately spread it on purpose, but it wouldn't shock me if some individuals tried that.
Mar
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comment What was Gen. Buford's ultimate objective at the Battle of Gettysburg?
Generally if I don't see any comments complaining, I assume the downvoter is just having a bad day.
Mar
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comment Was there anything like African American architecture style or symbolic in the beginning of 20th century?
@DarekWędrychowski - I think that line of inquiry isn't liable to be very fruitful, as the Harlem neighborhood of NYC was already built up when African Americans started moving there, and much of what was built has been subsequently torn down. One interesting exception is the Abyssinian Baptist Church, probably the most historically significant church in North America. However, I'm not sure if its current building has any uniquely African-American features.
Mar
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comment Wasn't it a tactical mistake for Saladin to send fruits and water to Richard I when ill?
...and if Saladin should end up losing, how will he be treated? You don't necessarily follow rules of war just to be nice. You do it for the benefit of you and yours. For a somewhat similar incident from WWII, see the Charlie Brown and Franz Steigler incident‌​.
Mar
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revised Where did the masquerade ball come from and what was its original concept?
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revised Where did the masquerade ball come from and what was its original concept?
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