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Oct
15
comment Which sources should I believe regarding CV-8 Hornet?
@polarbearonthewhitesnow - Battlefield 360 is pretty terrible. Try John Ford's "Battle of Midway" - it's been remastered recently.
Oct
15
comment Which sources should I believe regarding CV-8 Hornet?
@polarbearonthewhitesnow - Probably because they slapped together a documentary on the cheap, and couldn't afford fact checkers to correct rudimentary mistakes. Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by incompetence.
Oct
15
answered Which sources should I believe regarding CV-8 Hornet?
Oct
14
comment Why did religion mixed with politics hold back progress of Europeans but not the Turks?
@PieterGeerkens I'm not certain "accumulated body of knowledge" and "rate of accumulation of knowledge" are academically accepted terms - if they are, could you cite their definition and usage, and provide a link or cite to hard metrics for the middle ages for both cultures?
Oct
10
comment Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
There's also the little matter of Frederick the Great being Frederick the Great - Master statesman and general of the first order. After the Austrians caved, it was far more profitable to be his ally than his enemy.
Oct
4
comment Why didn't Japanese infantrymen and samurai use shields?
@Pieter Geerkens - Japanese battle was based around single combat - a samurai picking an opponent and going after them. Phalanx, maniple and hoplite warfare depended on massed infantry in close formation, where a shield is right handy. Also, note that Musashi was a duelist and not a particularly accomplished soldier: two-handed technique was not practical in combat. Katanas were not practical in combat - pole-arms were far more common and effective primary weapons on the battlefield in medieval Japanese warfare.
Oct
2
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Oct
2
revised Why were there no religious wars in Poland?
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Oct
1
comment Why has Africa always been poor and weak compared to the rest of the world throughout history?
@DVK - Also: Nok, Great Zimbabwe, the Swahili Coast, Songhai Empire, etc...
Oct
1
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Oct
1
answered Why were there no religious wars in Poland?
Sep
26
comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
Also, the Americas were completely wiped out by plague, likely brought over by Columbus himself. By the time the western explorers found (and conquered) the great American cultures, they were walking into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, not a civilization at the height of its power.
Sep
26
comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
Interesting to note that Columbus was likely inspired by a religious book, "The Voyage of St. Brendan" where an Irish Monk looking to become a "green martyr" (self-exile in the name of God) sailed West, and found land across the ocean. Columbus was something of an idiot, and 1) believed the book was a factual account and 2) thought the land Brendan found was India. So the printing press had a direct influence on the discovery of the Americas.
Sep
25
comment Why didn't the Persians make and use ballistas and other kinds of artillery?
The combination of brawny and brainy is pure fantasy. Utterly ahistorical. The grunts would team up to do the heavy lifting, the guys on horseback would tell them what to lift and where and how to point the thing, the same as it was with Napoleonic artillery. Napoleon's artillery corps certainly wasn't an elite corps of hulking mathematicians, but they were very well drilled in the teamwork required for efficient artillery maneuver and deployment.
Sep
23
comment What do written sources say about disability in early civilisations?
Religious literature should not be mistaken for documentary evidence. In addition, the Rig Veda was not committed to writing until the 4th century CE, and the oldest surviving texts only date to the late middle ages.
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
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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?