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Feb
19
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Feb
19
revised How did Britain rule Sri Lanka?
Clarifications to make clear we are talking about a real, documented, historical atrocity by a European colonial power.
Feb
18
comment How did Britain rule Sri Lanka?
@SteveBird - The Great Rebellion was a delightful affair. The British murdered every adult male in Uva and systematically dismantled their irrigation systems to impoverish, starve and displace the rest. Lots of evidence from this one colonial war alone.
Feb
18
comment How did Britain rule Sri Lanka?
@jamesqf - This is pretty well covered under the Bengali Famine wiki page. The British outlawed "hoarding" rice and other staples ("harding" defined as storing it for lean years in case of famine, as had been the custom for centuries, because the British demanded a bigger cut of the harvest and its profits) and what arable land there was during the drought had their food crops ripped up and devoted to opium production. So, yes, let's do compare.
Feb
18
comment How did Britain rule Sri Lanka?
Once every few decades, hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions would die of famine due to British mismanagement - think of the various Irish "famines" on a grander scale. Worth it for that sweet, sweet GDP! (that was taken at bayonet-point and shipped back to England.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Feb
18
reviewed Leave Open How did Britain rule Sri Lanka?
Feb
18
reviewed Leave Open What kind of political institutions existed in Sakai, Japan in the 500s and 600s AD?
Feb
9
comment Did the Soviets excel in one area of weaponry during World War II?
The British had a clear advantage in cryptography and counter-cryptography and RADAR, and the US had superior logistics - these are lethal weapons unmatched by other powers in the war, even tho they may not seem like weapons. The US also had the atomic bomb, but that came to late to impact the war in Europe.
Jan
25
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Jan
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
21
reviewed Leave Open Where were Racka sheep brought to Europe from and when?
Jan
21
comment Where were Racka sheep brought to Europe from and when?
@TylerDurden - The origin and distribution of crops and livestock is an active and lively field of historical research - not all history revolves around kings and battles.
Jan
18
reviewed Approve Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
Jan
18
comment Why didn't Native Americans have big sailing ships?
@JonofAllTrades - No, the answer is incomplete, but not incorrect. There was nothing in the Caribbean until the Europeans brought sugarcane. No reason to risk sea travel on regular trade routes - there was no equivalent to the Mediterranean, Black, Red, Baltic or Caspian seas, ringed by civilizations, no equivalent of the great archipelagos of South and East Asia. The Great Lakes and Gulf of St. Lawrence didn't have enough population to make maritime trade worth the considerable risk.
Jan
18
comment Why didn't Native Americans have big sailing ships?
@JonofAllTrades - North America would not see a city larger than Cahokia until Philadelphia in 1780. At its peak, it was twice the size of London. The book "1491" may help give you a better understanding of the technological level of pre-contact civilizations in the Americas.
Dec
21
reviewed Reopen How did French people greet in 1400?
Dec
18
comment Was Otto Carius fair in his assessment of American forces vs. Russians?
+1 for "Otto was still the one inside the pocket." The number of Americans lost, considering there were more than 8 million Germans killed or captured in the West, is so low it's surreal. The difference between fighting decisive engagements and achieving strategic goals, one wins the day, the other wins the war.
Dec
18
answered How to rebut Holocaust denial argument?
Dec
17
comment Why was slavery profitable in the Southern colonies and not New England?
That, and the technology made available in the 18th C. favored the crops grown in the cold north - the seed drill, the Dutch plow, the horse-hoe, canning - and new public infrastructure like improved roads, rivers and canals allowed frontier farmers to sell crops and livestock to urban markets. This made free farms of the North competitive with the slave plantations in the South, despite the climate.
Dec
16
comment Why was slavery profitable in the Southern colonies and not New England?
@TylerDurden - I'm in Rhode Island right now, born and raised. South County was a very small area of a very small New England colony that had proportionately high population of slaves in the mid 18thc, similar to the 19thc South. We're still talking less than 4k slaves in the colony entire. Slave-owning was ended in the State of RI after the revolution, only 384 remained by 1800. Almost all of the stone walls in NE were built by farmers from stones they tilled up from their fields from the early 17thc up until the middle of the 20thc. So, the answer is mostly un-researched baloney.