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comment Did Churchill advocate genocide of any innocent group of people?
In his younger days served in Egypt and the Sudan. So I'd look there, and perhaps in his writings on the subject.
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comment Why did Shostakovich not release his 4th, but did release his 5th symphony?
@Semaphore - I'm not the OP, but if I were, I'd say no it doesn't. It offers at least two different reasons, and doesn't really get into enough historiography on either of them to know anything more about them than that they exist. More detail than that might be nice.
Aug
28
comment WWI : odds to cross the man's land alive
Kinda with Pieter on the "fools" issue. From a strict personal survival standpoint, such behavior is foolish. More to the point, I've seen authors describing tactics of the era use similar verbiage. I haven't looked into it deeply, but from fictionalized works I get the impression that kind of fatalistic sense of humor about the situation was typical for the era.
Aug
27
comment A good pop-history book on the Wild West
@MarkC.Wallace - Yeah, more (on-topic) questions about cowboy history would be wonderful.
Aug
21
comment How and Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse?
Examples of questions on this theme that were specific enough to stay open: Was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan one of the major reasons that led to the fall of Soviet Union? and Is there any evidence to support the claim that the US Strategic Defense Initiative played any significant role in undermining the USSR?
Aug
20
comment PANDA Source Analysis
My web searches mostly turned up actual hits for Pandas. This might be a situation where search engines get too swamped with irrelevant hits to be helpful (could be worse. At least he didn't learn the "grumpy C.A.T. method"...)
Aug
20
comment What was the role of U.S. involvement in World War II?
...which cannot really be answered except by rank speculation on our users' part. Alternate history questions almost always get closed here. I could see where a question asking about the soundness of particular bits of reasoning in that book might stay open, but even that would probably be a close call.
Aug
19
comment Contemporary objections to the Bill of Rights's 1st Amendment / Declaration of the Rights of Man, art. 10?
Perhaps "Contemporary objections"?
Aug
19
comment Where did Medieval Europe's gold come from?
I'm kinda with @congusbongus on this one. Perhaps this is just a matter of taste, but I don't like to read answers this long (MTV generation. Sorry.) If I did have a hankering for that much text I'd be perfectly capable of clicking the link myself and reading the original. A summary about 1/3 this size or so would have been about perfect.
Aug
19
comment How do modern historians evaluate Sherman's “Total War”?
@BruceJames - Not really, I can't. There is no universal agreement on what the "new ethics of warfare" are, and by the official US policy, "scorched earth" tactics are not off-limits. Oldcat's answer makes the argument that Sherman didn't employ them anyway, but even if he had, that's still acceptable warfare by US doctrine.
Aug
18
comment Were the ancient Israelites of a darker skin tone?
As was not so elegantly pointed out, any comments of a personal nature will most likely be deleted when noticed. If anyone has a problem with a poster here, please respond by flagging problematic content, not by posting personal attacks.
Aug
18
comment Were the ancient Israelites of a darker skin tone?
There's a lot of information in some of these comments that I think would have gone well in an answer. Shame the question got closed, so nobody has that opportunity now...
Aug
18
comment Were the ancient Israelites of a darker skin tone?
"Hamitic" does actually have a modern meaning. However, that meaning is essentially "speaking a Afroasiatic language that isn't Semitic". Since Egyptian was probably far closer related to Semitic than either is to Cushitic, the term isn't horribly conductive to helpful categorical reasoning.
Aug
15
comment Was there a plan “B” for the D-Day?
@ThomasPornin - In a German-controlled Paris it would be the German occupiers who would have had their supplies cut off. I'd think it more likely that Eisenhower was thinking militarily and wanted to go after the remaining organized German opposition ASAP, while the political leadership saw the political benefits of taking Paris back (particularly as the Russians were standing aside and allowing the Germans to crush the Warsaw Uprising)
Aug
15
comment Why some countries have more than one name?
...which confuses a lot of us English speakers because we call people who live in the Netherlands "Dutch", so logically if we were to call anywhere "Dutch-land" it would be Holland, not Germany.
Aug
11
comment Did Theodore Roosevelt ever say the “things that will destroy America” quote?
If you know a bit about the man, this quote fits TR's personal philosophy perfectly. He had such a, er, thing for what he perceived as manly qualities, one is tempted to wonder exactly what he was compensating for.
Aug
8
comment What was the attitude of English Knights towards their longbowmen counterparts?
It got kind of overwhelming, so I've deleted the comments not directly discussing this specific question. If people still want to discuss the topicality of this kind of question, please bring it up in meta.
Aug
8
comment Were the 1940-42 RAF bombing raids over Germany unescorted?
@pugsville - Isn't "not any better" itself an accomplishment though? This allowed the two allies between them to carry out 24-hour bombing operations without a huge drop-off in quality.
Aug
3
comment Why is China a member of the UN Security Council?
Related question: history.stackexchange.com/questions/1356/… . They are not duplicates, but the answers there probably answer this question. Mine certainly does.
Aug
3
comment Did Mao want to convert written Chinese into an alphabetical system?
Looks like a good answer. Put in a link or two backing some of this up, and you get an upvote from me.