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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.
Mar
13
comment What advantages have motorized infantry enjoyed over standard infantry besides speed?
@Anixx - They use them a bit differently as of late; often patrols will be done entirely inside an AFV of some description, usually an armored humvee or MRAP.
Mar
8
reviewed Approve Contemporary opinions on Caliph Omar's burning of the library of Alexandria?
Mar
7
comment Gender Color Association: When did boys become blue and girls pink?
This does not answer the question adequately. It provides neither time-table nor cultural background for the (very strong) current gender association with color, and offers instead scattershot anecdotes. Sometimes even well-sourced Wikipedia articles are not up to standard.
Mar
6
comment What advantages have motorized infantry enjoyed over standard infantry besides speed?
Another drawback is that they can isolate the soldiers from the battlefield - they can neither observe nor react as effectively as they could on foot.
Mar
1
revised Was the Minoan civilization warlike?
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Mar
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Mar
1
answered Was the Minoan civilization warlike?
Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
@T.E.D. - And yet it was usually the peasants with pointy sticks who did the most damage - Martel at Tours, Richard the Lionhearted vs. Saladin, Swiss Pikemen - western cavalry was always a bit crap, even in antiquity, but its heavy infantry usually matched up well.
Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
@Ted - There were a lot of Chinese defectors; POWs and refugees from the rebellions. Musketry didn't really play much of a part in 17th century China, tho they did use artillery.
Feb
22
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Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
The Eight Banners army didn't operate anything like the Mongols.
Feb
22
answered How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
Feb
13
answered Were Soviet warships allowed to use the Panama canal?
Feb
11
comment Was any pope imprisoned during his service to Catholic Church?
The GIS for "schiaffio di Anagni" turned out to be somewhat amusing...
Feb
11
answered What is the citation-system for the Linear B tablets?