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Jul
2
comment Why did the Soviet Union close its borders and restrict travel abroad?
A US security clearance also requires the holder to report any contact with foreign persons, and (at least back in the 90's) restricts travel to Communist countries.
Jul
1
comment What was the final result for France after the Napoleonic wars?
Added a summary sentence at the top to clarify.
Jun
26
comment Why do more historians state Rome was a superpower, than Persia?
I once saw a comparison once between the one government Rome represented and the number of governments that same area "requires" now. It was pretty sobering. (This was back in the 80's, so it would actually be a bit larger now).
Jun
26
comment Why do more historians state Rome was a superpower, than Persia?
@MarkC.Wallace - Well, I did link to a fairly prominent example. Would it be better to specifically ask why that particular documentary show thought so?
Jun
26
comment Why do more historians state Rome was a superpower, than Persia?
@Semaphore - Your calculation might have a sign error in it. 500ishBC to 300ishAD works out to 800 years, not 200.
Jun
26
comment Why do more historians state Rome was a superpower, than Persia?
@Semaphore - 800 years isn't long enough for you? The Roman Empire only lasted about 500 years before the west fell.
Jun
26
comment Why do more historians state Rome was a superpower, than Persia?
I added a reference for you. Users here are likely to try to close "some people say" questions without any references to actual people saying that.
Jun
25
comment What percentage of modern day Turks are of Bulgarian/Circassian/Greek/Serbian descent?
Do you mean citizens of the nation of Turkey?
Jun
25
comment Where and when was the shortest calendar day in history, due to DST and calendar changes, etc?
Well, the trouble I ran into is that there are lots of plausible definitions.
Jun
25
comment Where and when was the shortest calendar day in history, due to DST and calendar changes, etc?
This is a surprisingly difficult question to answer. In fact, it turns out that the definition of a day isn't even a simple matter.
Jun
24
comment When penicillin was initially introduced, was it effective against all gram positives?
Bacteria are so small, prolific, and short-lived that any anti-bacterial in the long run is doomed to be evolved around.
Jun
21
comment Did Churchill and Roosevelt know about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, or the following secret pacts between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union?
IIRC from that same volume, the previous diplomat Molotov replaced was much more pro-western, and Molotov was known to be less so. So the meer act of replacement, and who was replaced with whom, was also calcuated to signal a change in cooperation from Western Europe to Germany.
Jun
19
comment Which of the participant states was benefited in the long run by the Congress of Vienna?
@taninamdar - Generally in the context of that era, we speak of countries being Liberal or "Conservative" (or often "Reactionary"), based on how democratic they were (often specifically how large a % of their population could vote for their leaders). So here I would assume "Conservative" means a more autocratic state.
Jun
18
comment When did it become openly known that Wilson supported the Balfour Declaration?
A decent answer. However, one could argue that personal correspondence to a Jewish Rabbi does not translate to open knowledge in the Arab world.
Jun
17
comment President proposes bills: provenance
@supercat - A good point. Not one that the relatively idle "gentleman-scholars" who wrote the document up would have thought of, but for today it probably does make a practical difference.
Jun
17
comment President proposes bills: provenance
@supercat - Its the first half (with the SOTU and the "shall") that I was talking about. The other half you are right does come off as an option. My point was that this option is already available to all Americans, so its really kind of meaningless there.
Jun
17
comment What's the story behind this photo of hikers who brought white plague cure to President Wilson?
Great find, Tyler.
Jun
16
comment How many USA men dodged the draft in Vietnam, and how?
@jamesqf - Particularly in the Navy or Coast Guard (although I understand Coast Guard got kinda tough to get into due to all the demand, much like the National Guard, and it helped to have high-level connections. See the Creedence song Fortunate Son). I've talked to some guys who enlisted in the Army, and were allowed (due to the voluntary enlistment) to pick a posting, and they picked West Germany. That tactic sounds kinda risky to me though.
Jun
15
comment Did the United States have a third atomic bomb to drop on Japan?
@Lohoris - There's a negatively voted answer here, and a halfway decent one deleted by owner, both that had some good info in them, but weren't properly sourced (among other issues).
Jun
15
comment What is the first known organized religion in the world?
@jamesqf - Football stadiums don't? :-)