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Jan
18
answered What is the state of the art historical analysis of claims that Carthaginians discovered America?
Jan
18
comment Which is the first genocide?
Prides of chimpanzees do not write, and so their tribal warfare cannot be historical. The Wikipedia article mentions the Assyrian empire in passing, but does not offer specifics, and I'm not convinced there's not something older in ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Chinese or Indian literature. This is a good question worth investigating.
Jan
18
comment Which is the first genocide?
I'm not certain this is true. The earliest archaeological evidence of warfare dates only to 11,000BCE. Before then, hominids were pretty good about giving each other space - the economic cost of war in a hunter-gatherer society focussed more on gathering meant it was easier just to go someplace else rather than fight and kill other humans. It wasn't until the introduction of systematic hunting, and the tools it required and the resource scarcity it caused, that we learned to wipe each other out rather than just move away. War is technology, not instinct.
Jan
18
comment What was the first known war in history?
The answer was incomplete - added a link to an article about the Sumer-Elam war.
Jan
18
revised What was the first known war in history?
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Jan
10
comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
OK. Here's a book on 20th Century Dictatorship - books.google.com/…
Jan
10
comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
"Despite the bitter civil war, and repeated threats from fascist movements, Finland became and remained a capitalist democracy under the rule of law. By contrast, nearby Estonia, in similar circumstances but without a civil war, started as a democracy and was turned into a dictatorship in 1934." - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Finland
Jan
10
comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
How do you mean? They declared war on Britain, and gave material and military aid to British enemies while seizing British property (sawmills, mostly). This is all covered, with references, in the wiki articles referenced. (Questions on the legitimacy of colonial empire aside.)
Jan
10
comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
@ Anixx - Finland remained a democracy throughout the interwar and WWII period. That's probably why it wasn't called "Fascist." The KMT definitely was Fascist: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Shirts_Society
Jan
10
comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
They needed "rehabilitation" to avoid heavy reparations and gain political concessions from the US. From the Japanese Occupation wiki page - "As a result of the contributions made to the Allied war efforts by the Free Thai Movement, the United States, which unlike the other Allies had never officially been at war with Thailand, refrained from dealing with Thailand as an enemy country in postwar peace negotiations."
Jan
10
comment Why did the US drop nuclear bombs on a weakened Japan?
An interesting perspective - if you can provide a link to an online article or a book discussing the Russian point of view, I'll +1 it.
Jan
10
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Jan
9
comment Historical examples of significant no man's lands between states in perpetual conflict
+1 - Yeah, The Wild Fields is what I thought of immediately when this question was posted, though english-language information on that time and place is tough to come by. (There's a book on the conquest of the Asian steppe by Russia called "Taming The Wild Field" which is different than the actual Wild Fields and complicates web and book searches.)
Jan
7
comment How big were the biggest elections during the ancient era?
You're going to need a cite for that.
Jan
7
comment How big were the biggest elections during the ancient era?
The Athenian Assembly could only hold 6000 at a time, and those were often paid - otherwise there'd be too many empty seats. Before they started paying, the typical assembly was seldom more than 5000. Cite: books.google.com/…
Jan
7
answered When was grass seed first imported specifically for aesthetic reasons?
Jan
7
comment What is the source of the Senate-as-saucer story?
In France, they still drink coffee from bowls: culinarytraditions.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/caf-au-lait
Jan
7
comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
@Anixx - A militarist, ultranationalist authoritarian dictatorship with ties to the business class that was contemporaneous with and allied to other Fascist governments - what else could you possibly call it? I don't mean Fascist as a pejorative, I mean it was a textbook example of the concept. The wiki article on Phibun should help clarify this, and also provides more background on Thailand's involvement with the Japanese and the Axis: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaek_Phibunsongkhram
Jan
7
comment What is the source of the Senate-as-saucer story?
Run a google image search for "18th century saucer." They're similar in shape to the drinking bowls of yore.
Jan
7
comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
@Anixx - They weren't completely occupied until much later in the war; the situation was similar to Bulgaria's entry to the Triparte Pact - reluctant allies at gunpoint. The Thai people were even pro-Japanese for a time, especially after their success against the European powers in the region; it wasn't until 1942 when the Japanese began to turn the screw with the formation of the Thailand Garrison Army. Also, as Thailand was a fascist military dictatorship at the time, what the royals and their regents did or did not sign off on was irrelevant.