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Apr
7
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
5
comment Which is the oldest language in the World?
As much as I like a good wiki entry (and I do - when wiki's good, it's gooooood), the better reference was the "Ask a Linguist" - the answer really should be pared down to a summary of that link, and a corroboration with the well cited wikipedia page. +1 anyway.
Apr
2
comment Who was the last US president who did not start a war?
This answer is incorrect - Ford ordered military action against the Khmer Rouge - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayag%C3%BCez_incident
Apr
2
comment Who was the last US president who did not start a war?
Moral or immoral is irrelevant to the question. I believe any initial deployment of military resources resulting in combat should count, whether the war was declared or not.
Apr
1
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
28
comment How did Mongolian nomads acquire metal weapons?
1) Where would they get the skills as weaponsmiths? It requires specialization to devote the time to learning the trade, something really only possible in settled communities. 2) Where did they get the raw materials? How could they trade for enough steel to equip a conquering army with a nomadic lifestyle?
Mar
28
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
@DVK - The Indians had iron weapons by 1500BCE, and were beginning to dabble in crucible steel by 500BCE. China was using bronze long, long after other cultures made the change to iron, and refined bronze-making techniques that just weren't applicable to civilizations with iron weapons.
Mar
27
awarded  Mortarboard
Mar
27
comment How did Mongolian nomads acquire metal weapons?
This is a good question - it could probably apply to most pastoral nomads turned conquerors across history: where'd they get their weapons from?
Mar
27
comment How was the United States able to produce excellent tanks in 1942?
@jwenting - Here is a great forum post on the operational history of the Israeli "Super Sherman" I ran into while googling around for something else: ww2incolor.com/forum/showthread.php/…
Mar
27
comment How was the United States able to produce excellent tanks in 1942?
@jwenting - Interesting to note that the French Char B2 could take out 5-8 Panzers, it was a real monster tank, but the mobility, reliability and sheer numbers of German armor overwhelmed them. The Nazis then went ahead and made the same mistake - slow, expensive vs. quick and cheap.
Mar
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
27
revised How was the United States able to produce excellent tanks in 1942?
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Mar
27
answered How was the United States able to produce excellent tanks in 1942?
Mar
22
comment Battle of Seattle
@MarkC.Wallace - Side with them or not, it was a watershed event for the far left - sort of like asking about how the 2009 Tea Party Protests were organized on the right side of the equation - and an important part of recent American history =and= Internet history, as it was where Indymedia came into its own. I had no trouble understanding what was being asked, and the question is now much improved.
Mar
21
answered Battle of Seattle
Mar
20
answered At the Battle of Zama, was the Roman army more “native” than the Carthaginian?
Mar
19
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
@Nathan Cooper - Bayonets are pole-arms, not swords, sadly - they were designed to turn a musket into an impromptu pike. Pikes require less training, and operate more efficiently with soldiers fighting shoulder to shoulder than a sword. Bayonets are still used to turn a rifle into a (very short) pike, not a sword. So, it would be the last battle involving spearmen.
Mar
19
comment Historical use of alcohol as a source of clean water
@Mark C. Wallace - Well, they make the claim it was to make the beverage safe by killing bacteria, but they don't source it. I'm beginning to think it's a bit of "common knowledge" some of those writing on the topic haven't actually verified.