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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
awarded  Necromancer
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.
Jan
7
comment What is the source of the Senate-as-saucer story?
Note - saucers in the 18th and 19th century were shallow bowls rather than the plate-with-a-divot we're used to in modern saucer design. (It's why the phrase "feed the cat a saucer of milk" makes sense.)
Jan
4
comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
@Anixx I believe they had a (very little) bit more independence than the Vichy - control over their military and a free hand in domestic affairs, etc. At least, at first...
Jan
4
answered Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
Jan
4
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@Felix Goldberg - It didn't last past the end of the Western Empire. The idea that outside and inside powers worked actively to keep Europe from unifying is historical fact - in the Middle Ages, it was at various times the Vikings, the Muslims, the Turks and the Mongols, and then the British took over and kept at it until WWII, when it finally blew up in their faces. I'm genuinely puzzled as to why you think this is a conspiracy theory - it's sound history.
Jan
3
answered Which is the first culinary book ever written?
Dec
19
comment When was “diablo” first used to refer to the Devil?
@coleopterist - The origination of the greek diabolos is the question you want, then. The synonymity of devil and diablo is due to deofol being a germanic corruption of diabolus. (As is teuful, the current german word for same) Cite: etymonline.com/index.php?term=devil&allowed_in_frame=0
Dec
19
comment When was “diablo” first used to refer to the Devil?
Are you asking how the greek phrase diabolos came to represent the devil, or are you asking how and why the spanish word diablo is different than the english word devil? Bear in mind, both diablo and devil are derived from the latin diabolus. (The old english word wheich became devil is "deofol")