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comment France vs Germany in 1940: equipment vs. organization
This would have been my answer as well. The Germans developed a brand new tactic of concentrating their armor into special mobile units, where even the supporting infantry had mechanized transport so it could keep up. Then they could exploit any breaks in the front quickly and get deep behind enemy units to cut their supply lines. Most other armies just spread their tanks out amongst their normal units.
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comment Japan is a nation of twelve year olds: Why?
Sounds to me more like he was just saying that they were at the time relatively new at the whole "modern industrialized nation" thing.
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comment Why is there is a pan-slavic movement?
@Bregalad - What you call "separatism" is really just an extension of the same thing, as seen from the perspective of the ruling parties. Prior to the concept of Nationalism, the rulers were so separated from the interests of most of the ruled that it didn't really matter much which set of monarchs from the same extended family a peasant was supposed to kowtow to. When a middle class starts to develop and governments start to liberalize a bit, suddenly it matters a great deal.
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comment Why is there is a pan-slavic movement?
+1, particularly for the second paragraph. In light of this answer, it would be good to take a second look at the target of the assassination that started WWI. Archduke Ferdinand was thought to be in favor of granting the Slavs more autonomy. His ascension to the throne would have strengthened the "austro-slavists", to the detriment of then pan-slavists. His wife was a Slav (Czech), so this opinion would likely have had some spine. He was next in line to the throne, and the Emperor was in bad health...
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comment How historically accurate is 'India: A History' by John Keay?
Upvoted, because the question needed an acceptable answer. I'm always a bit uncomfortable answering and accepting on my own question, but some times it needs to be done.
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comment When and why did marriage become about love?
There are probably a lot of lessons that may be drawn from that part of the story, but I don't think "this is how normal marriages work" is one of them.
Mar
24
comment What is the origin of Indian weekday names?
Actually, I have heard multiple sources group Thor and Zeus together as "the Indo-European sky-god", since they both were gods who controlled thunder and lightning, and many non-Indo Europeans didn't have that particular natural force as a primary god. The presumption there is that the PIE people had a sky god that they all evolved from. I haven't looked lately into how accepted this view is.
Mar
24
comment How stable was the Middle East under Ottoman rule?
@MarkC.Wallace - In general a good policy. However, in this case I think the phrase is being used to justify his interest in the topic, not as a piece of foundational information. Still, it would be vastly improved with a link to such a person.
Mar
24
comment Why Europe became more developed although metal was first discovered and used in Asia/Africa?
On a reread I'm upvoting this, not because I subscribe to this theory, but because it is a legit scholarly theory you will hear on occasion.
Mar
23
comment Did the proto-Indo-Europeans displace or overlay the pre-existing European tribes?
@Anixx - I think you are referring to the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture. Its a legit point that they were in (far eastern) Europe with agriculture earlier. Why they disappeared is not agreed upon, with the more recent theory being that climate change made that area much more suitable for pastoralism than agriculture. I'm not sure what this really tells us in general though.
Mar
23
comment Richard III and the Princes in the Tower
Still, the only question I see here is basicly, "Do people exist who would like to discuss this entire generalized concept at length?" I could answer "Yes, such people exist.", but I can't imagine anyone finding that helpful.
Mar
19
comment Cattle handling in the 19th century
Well, it might not have to be quite so "old time". It looks like a lot of the states west of here are still free range states, and I wouldn't be shocked if many herds there were that big or larger.
Mar
19
comment What does a “boat crimper” do?
@PieterGeerkens - The online one has as the 3rd definition: Makes waves in someone's hair I suppose that could be it, but I didn't figure your typical ship was very likely to employ full-time hairdressers.
Mar
19
comment Cattle handling in the 19th century
I actually have some first-hand experience with this, but my grandfather used a corral to help with the separation process. I'd imagine on the free range you'd have to either find a natural barrier to help, and/or make up the difference with extra cowboys (on horseback of course). However, I don't know that, and now you've got me curious too, so +1 for the question.
Mar
19
comment Gender Color Association: When did boys become blue and girls pink?
@JamesRyan - That was my reaction when I first was told that too. But you will most likely search in vain for ancient sources that refer to the sky as blue. For instance, Homer never used the word once anywhere, despite describing the color of the sky in nearly every dang stanza. They just didn't have the sense of that as a color. Strange but true.
Mar
18
comment What does a “boat crimper” do?
Impressively tough question. It even survived an attack from the tactical nuke of English: the OED. I'm going to keep digging, but my guess right now would be that it came into the language as a nautical term from Dutch, so Dutch sources for what krimpen meant shipboard might be productive.
Mar
18
comment Scaffoldings on Taj Mahal?
I'd need a link saying this to upvote it. However, as an argument it makes sense.
Mar
18
comment Destruction of iconic structures in wars of the 20th century and later
This is legit, in that it was deliberately targeted. However, it appears they did have a military reason for doing so (unlike the implication I am reading from this answer). Its possible they were wrong, but it wasn't just targeted for the joy of destroying something, or for political or philosophical reasons.
Mar
18
comment Destruction of iconic structures in wars of the 20th century and later
We are attempting to answer this question under the meta rules for allowing list questions. Under these rules, I must ask you to accept the "community wiki" answer. This will make sure to place it at the top. Failure to do so throws you back to the old rules, which means we may close your question.
Mar
18
comment Destruction of iconic structures in wars of the 20th century and later
If we're going with that proposal, I'm going to edit this down to how I'd pictured it. If doing it this way is inferior, we can always go back. But I don't think we want the entire content of every answer in here twice.