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comment How did Nazi Germany finance itself during WW2?
@MarkC.Wallace - A broken clock shows the right time twice a day. The thirteen Federal Reserve Banks are privately owned entities, specifically, they're owned by the regional institutions they lend to. They have no controlling interest to go along with their ownership, and can take no profit from it, either. The Fed is reeeeeeaaall complicated. Similarly, the Reichsbank was privately owned, and then commandeered by Hitler personally in '39, and used Oeffa and MEFFO dummy currency expansion to strengthen the Reichsmark fraudulently. So, no upvote, but it's not way out there, either.
Mar
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reviewed Leave Open How was the safety of allied leaders ensured in transportation for conferences during WW2?
Mar
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reviewed Leave Open How long were books in ancient times?
Mar
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reviewed Leave Open What influenced the Supreme Court to overrule precedent in Afroyim v. Rusk?
Mar
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reviewed Leave Open Was Catalonia ever a sovereign state?
Mar
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reviewed Close How is history studied?
Mar
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reviewed Leave Open Is there any relationship between 666 and Roman numerals?
Feb
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reviewed No Action Needed What are recent historically significant accounts of direct democracy?
Feb
23
reviewed Looks OK Why didn't the USA move to the left after WWII?
Feb
23
reviewed Looks OK What does the inscription on this sword mean?
Feb
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reviewed Leave Open What are recent historically significant accounts of direct democracy?
Feb
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reviewed Leave Open During attack by Wahhabi Muslims of Saudi on Karbala city in Iraq, how many Shia Muslims were killed?
Feb
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reviewed Leave Open Capital Punishment in the Ancient World
Feb
23
comment Capital Punishment in the Ancient World
It's an answerable question, an interesting one, and one not readily resolved with a quick trip to Wikipedia. What this stack exchange is about, really.
Feb
23
reviewed Leave Open Did many Nationalist Chinese soldiers fight in the Korean War on the Communist side?
Feb
19
comment How did Britain rule Sri Lanka?
@Semaphore - Yup. It began with the co-option of the cinnamon trade in particular, and moved to the vast cash-crop plantations that were still going strong in the early 20th (rubber and tea). You can trip over the details in piece but they're still parts of the larger whole. The British Empire used violence, starvation and forced labor to coerce the island to produce revenue and resources for itself at the expense of the Sri Lankans. Toss in a few examples from the beginning, middle and end, and citations, and we're done.
Feb
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comment How did Britain rule Sri Lanka?
@Semaphore - No, it's pretty much one answer; violent transformation from a culture based on spice cultivation and trade to a vast plantation system reliant on enormous amounts of imported labor. The details in how they did this are many and horrible, but this is what it boils down to. Answerable, and nominated for re-opening.
Feb
19
comment How did Britain rule Sri Lanka?
@Semaphore Oh, good grief. Well let me just google that for you. Here, a well maintained wiki page with a lot of scholarly references to follow up with - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famine_in_India
Feb
19
comment How did Britain rule Sri Lanka?
@Semaphore The British made it drastically worse is the entire point, the magnitude of suffering was unheard of before the Raj got involved for the reasons pointed out above - restrictions on storing food as a buffer for famines, imposing a "free market" that made what food there was too expensive for fieldworkers and artisans, replacing food crops with opium production. Famines happen. I get it. They don't happen with the same frequency or massive severity before or after the British. Famines and their causes and contributing factors are pretty well studied and understood.
Feb
19
comment How did Britain rule Sri Lanka?
@jamesqf YUP! Almost 11 million dead in the Bengali Famine alone, between 300k and 2 million dead in the Bangladesh War of Independence.