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Sep
11
comment How good were Confederate resupply capabilities during the Gettysburg campaign?
@T.E.D - Maybe not, the Union forces could take it in ways the Confederates couldn't begin to imagine. The Iron Brigade! Inept officers squandered this until Grant took over, and Southern commanders mistook poor leadership for poor morale too often... I don't think a bayonet charge would have impressed anyone in the ranks fighting for the North.
Sep
9
comment Why didn't Alexander invade India?
Empires with massive armies dismissing Alexander's puny forces were kind of a thing during his conquest - The Nandans were ripe to be toppled by a competent general, and that's just what Chandragupta did not long after. What saved them from Alexander was their neighbor - Porus was an above-average strategist and a great statesman.
Sep
6
revised What do written sources say about disability in early civilisations?
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Sep
6
revised Did Germany lose World War II when/because “kill ratios” started moving “against” her?
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Sep
6
answered Did Germany lose World War II when/because “kill ratios” started moving “against” her?
Sep
6
revised What do written sources say about disability in early civilisations?
Disability and Disabled are the current terms used by academics in place of "handicapped"
Sep
6
answered What do written sources say about disability in early civilisations?
Sep
4
comment Why did the Romans incorporate and rename the Greek pantheon?
@Eugene Seidel - I love using Wiki as a source. It's kind of weak-sauce in providing a clear answer here, though - the incorporation of Hellenistic religion into Roman religion is an interesting topic glossed over on the wiki pages for Hellenistic Religion, Roman Religion and Roman Mythology. It's got me chasing various sources, at anyrate. Apparently early Christian scholars were aware of this through the now-lost works of Varro? Interesting stuff.
Aug
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How did the Falasha make contact with Jews outside Ethiopia?
Aug
30
comment How did St Sebastian become a gay male icon?
@DVK - Religious rationale for the affinity came after the publishing of the etching... if anything, his story is aimed at heterosexual women. Good looking soldier, shot full of arrows for his faith, secretly nursed back to health by a beautiful woman of the same faith. All the hallmarks of a historical romance novel.
Aug
29
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Who invented the first flag?
Aug
29
comment What would a Norseman in the early 11th century have worn as daily clothing?
Let me note here that heavy wool is a very effective material for extreme cold - it insulates even when wet, and wicks moisture away from the wearer. Garment company "Filson's" sells wool clothing meant for winter activities outdoors that's popular with outdoorsmen in the Upper Midwest and Canada, every bit as cold as Scandinavia. Wool in this context does not equate to a wool sweater or suit jacket.
Aug
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is the claim that Hitler came to power democratically justified?
Aug
20
revised How did St Sebastian become a gay male icon?
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Aug
20
revised How did St Sebastian become a gay male icon?
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Aug
20
comment How big was the kapa trade out of Hawaii?
To clarify, tapa cloth was used for patching sails - not as durable as canvas, but it's hard to find cotton in the middle of the Pacific. Trying to run down an online source for this now...
Aug
20
answered How did St Sebastian become a gay male icon?
Aug
15
reviewed Reject suggested edit on What are examples of official documents or speeches composed in verse?
Aug
13
comment Why, in the US, is Japanese brutality ignored compared with the Nazi brutality in WW2?
@DVK - "Salon, the most left wing rag possible" - you must live a =very= sheltered life. Salon is, at best, Center Right. Now =this= is a left wing rag: zcommunications.org/zmag
Aug
12
comment Is there a correlation between the colonial power and the stability/success of the post colonial state?
The nations mentioned had the original peoples and cultures all but wiped out by disease and genocide during the heyday of colonization. The original question, whether explicit in this or not, was asking which European Colonial power's flavor of White Supremacist rule was better than the others. There is a good question in here, tho, as to the differences between true colonization - as in the US and ANZAC - and Empire - as in India, Asia and Africa.