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May
17
revised Did the United States have a third atomic bomb to drop on Japan?
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May
14
revised Why didn't Japan expand into Ezo?
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May
13
answered Why didn't Japan expand into Ezo?
May
13
comment What is this strange uniform?
Here's another visual reference - seems a match for the original image: uniformsotw.com/products/35/58%201.jpg
May
7
comment Specialization of labor among the ancient Maya
@FelixGoldberg - Here's a well cited blog post on the topic of Mayan war that covers it: ancientamerindia.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/…
May
6
answered Specialization of labor among the ancient Maya
May
3
answered Why did the Russians lose to the Turks in 1711 after defeating them in 1700 and the Swedes in 1709?
Apr
28
comment Military training in the Hijaz during early Islamic era
Umm. Arab tribalism is utterly unlike Native American tribalism, and the Rashidun army was recruited largely from urbanized and well established Arabian city-states, not mercenary nomads.
Apr
24
revised Military training in the Hijaz during early Islamic era
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Apr
24
comment Why is our planet called Earth?
@jwenting - Standard mandarin isn't the native language of a very large section of Chinese speakers - and there are a ton of Mandarin subdialect "mother tongues." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Apr
23
comment Has there ever been an attempted military takeover of a democracy in the western world?
-1 Conspiracy theory masquerading as history for thinly veiled political reasons. Finland was never a dictatorship, and they fought the Red Army to a standstill in the Continuation War, too.
Apr
23
answered Military training in the Hijaz during early Islamic era
Apr
23
answered How and why did the “Green Gang” hold the balance of power in Shanghai in 1927?
Apr
23
comment Why is our planet called Earth?
@MarkC.Wallace - Surprisingly, no - there are more English speakers than standard Mandarin speakers: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Apr
23
revised When did retailers stop wrapping purchases in paper and twine?
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Apr
18
comment What were Hispanic people called in the US in the 1800s?
Disagree. Here in the Northeast, any Spanish speaking immigrant was known as Spanish, regardless of their country of origin - Spanish Harlem (actually Peurto Rican), the old Spanish Bakery in Providence (actually Dominican), etc - trying to run down something more definite. Will post an answer once I do.
Apr
17
revised When did retailers stop wrapping purchases in paper and twine?
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Apr
17
comment Could Columbus have suspected the New World lay on his path to India?
This is actually an interesting question, that needs better phrasing - "Could Columbus have suspected the New World lay on his path to India?" The answer is, actually, "Maybe, but probably not" and involves a survey of Renaissance Italy, Basque, Irish, Scandanavian and African culture, and how well they cross-polinated, if at all.
Apr
17
answered When did retailers stop wrapping purchases in paper and twine?
Apr
9
comment Was there more than one way for anti-aircraft fire to shoot down a dive bomber in World War II
@jwenting - The point of the time-delay fuse was that a somewhat-near miss would still result in a kill, as the explosion and schrapnel would be enough to do the plane in. A direct hit is much harder to achieve.