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comment How did Europeans really conquer the Americas?
This is one of those questions we've jokingly considered making an "Explained in Guns, Germs, and Steel" close reason for. :-)
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comment During the U.S. Prohibition, how did they get away with drinking alcohol?
@user5001 - ...so the next logical question is the source for that assertion. About half of the book I linked is about that (the "Rise" part). So I'd suggest either picking up the book, or asking it here as a question.
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comment During the U.S. Prohibition, how did they get away with drinking alcohol?
@user5001 - There really wasn't any such thing as scientific polling until very late in the 1930's, and even then it tended to concentrate on presidential races.
Oct
18
comment Was there continuity in the political elite between the Confederation Congress and the US Congress?
Shame there isn't a list you can link to rather than clutter up your answer with a bunch of names, but otherwise a really good answer. +1
Oct
16
comment During the U.S. Prohibition, how did they get away with drinking alcohol?
Note: The source for most of this answer is my reading of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. That book is highly recommended for anyone even remotely interested in Prohibition.
Oct
14
comment In which places of the UK did the Vikings/Scandinavians have most frequent contact or colonies?
954 was actually not the end of the story here. The Danes reconquered England multiple times after that. England had Danish kings from 1016 to 1042, and the last Anglo-Saxon king defeated another Scandinavian invasion force only three weeks before the Battle of Hastings.
Oct
13
comment Keynesian economics during his era
I think I could craft an answer about the economic criticism. However, by "political", you seem to be asking about criticism of Keynesian Economics from those who are relatively unlettered in economics. That could basically be any old schmoe on the street.
Oct
13
comment What evidence is there that English Political divisions from the 1600s are replicated in American politics today?
@Semaphore - Yeah, the blog post...has issues.
Oct
13
comment What evidence is there that English Political divisions from the 1600s are replicated in American politics today?
@Semaphore - I was worried the question was: Are the divisions similar, which is a question for the politics stack. However, the question seems to be "are the current divisions actually directly descended from the 1600's, which IMHO is a good question for this stack.
Oct
10
comment Row for powers of 10 on 1950's French typewriter keyboards
I found a good thourough description of a Hermes Ambassador with the decimal tabulator here.
Oct
10
comment Did the fairy craze overlap the UFO one?
I don't know if this has been studied, but it seems to me looking back on it that the "UFO phase" seemed to wax and wane almost precisely with Cold War tensions.
Oct
9
comment Is there evidence Muslim soldiers fought in the Continental Army?
The last two names at least seem to indicate parents steeped in Muslim culture rather than European. That of course doesn't mean the children personally believed anything in particular, but by that standard you can't claim all the rest were "Christian" either. So the names would be good enough for me.
Oct
8
comment Was either side legally in the right in the Hundred Years War?
I think you are confusing the concepts of legitimacy and legality
Oct
8
comment Countries which banned Ferdinand the bull?
The main Wikipedia says the Nazis burned it. That may be where he got that from, but of course being burned is different from being banned.
Oct
8
comment Can anyone identify this Union commander?
I've seen the series. Yes, that's who he's talking about. (Answer edited to remove equivocation).
Oct
6
comment Why did the Lewinsky scandal have such big impact?
The problem I have with the thesis of this answer is that POTUS infidelity wasn't exactly new to Clinton. At least one prior POTUS even admitted to having children with a mistress. So clearly something more was at work.
Oct
4
comment Was either side legally in the right in the Hundred Years War?
I think its possible to ask who had a better claim to the throne, but the concept of "legality" just does not belong here. There were no courts to appeal to, and all these families ultimately acquired their thrones in the first place by winning them in armed conflict.
Oct
3
comment Voting enfranchisement in the USA in the 18th century
@MarkC.Wallace - Agreed. Even so, it ought to be possible to work out the answer to the question. Someone might have even done it already. Yes, you'd have to look at the voting rules each state had, but there were only 13 of them then. :-)
Oct
3
comment Voting enfranchisement in the USA in the 18th century
The 1790 US census as near as I can tell had no specific accounting of who was a taxpayer and who wasn't. This actually makes more sense, as for Federal purposes the important information was how many residents each state had, broken out by slave and non-slave (slaves being accounted as 3/5 of a non-slave for purposes of Congressional representation and electoral votes). If a particular state chose to enfranchise people by taxpaying status, that would be that state's business, and accounting it that state's problem.
Oct
1
comment Why did Christianity disappear in North-Western Africa?
I take it you've never heard of The Coptic Church then?