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Dec
10
comment How much tax did Romans pay?
There is a legitimate question here: how did Roman taxes compare to current US taxes? We can ignore the apparent political bias of the source of the quote.
Dec
10
comment What was the worst economic crisis of all times?
@David: Depends on what you're looking for. The Great Depression affected most of the world's largest economies, while the Zimbabwe hyperinflation affected one very small economy. I'm sure I can find major disasters that hit very small economies if I look for them.
Dec
10
answered Does Grant's use of attrition tactic support his reputation as a general?
Dec
10
comment Could the Russians Have Done Better at the Battle of Tsushima Straits Than They Actually Did?
The Russian ships were also carrying coal as cargo, which at least in some ships submerged their armor. The Russians learned from this, and their long-range naval gunnery was an unpleasant surprise to the Germans in WWII in the Black Sea.
Dec
10
comment When the United States Congress passes an amendment, how are its votes counted?
This is a legal question, not a historical one.
Nov
25
comment How do war elephants fight?
Horses tended to really dislike being around elephants, so they were pretty effective against cavalry.
Nov
23
comment In Battle of Zama, how did Hannibal's use of war elephants lead to a Roman Victory?
Elephants and horses aren't the same animals. Horses are a lot more controllable. Even then, it's hard to make them attack formed infantry.
Nov
23
comment Is there any research explicitly contradicting facts in Suvorov's “Icebreaker” book series claiming that Stalin intended to attack Hitler in 1941?
@DVK: The Maginot line was not a defense plan. It was a way of defending the Franco-German border so French forces could be concentrated for offensive purposes. In 1940, the plan was to advance into Belgium to meet the German army.
Nov
23
answered In Battle of Zama, how did Hannibal's use of war elephants lead to a Roman Victory?
Nov
23
comment In Battle of Zama, how did Hannibal's use of war elephants lead to a Roman Victory?
This question seems incoherent to me. What do you mean by "greedy algorithm" and "coherent unit" here? Is there some sort of game context you're working from?
Nov
22
answered Is Germany responsible for World War I?
Nov
22
answered About Naval Formations?
Nov
22
comment About Naval Formations?
Sailing ships of the line typically didn't have enough crew to man both broadsides simultaneously, so doubling up on an enemy did give you greater firepower. In a WWII-era line abreast, an enemy inside the formation would be very unusual; the battle would typically be decided before the enemy got that close. Moreover, it would be tricky to shoot at the enemy, since the shell trajectory would be so flat that it would be hard to avoid overshooting.
Nov
22
comment About Naval Formations?
What period? The answers are different for oared galleys, sailing ships, and steamships.
Nov
21
comment How was the literacy rate of Americans impacted by the establishment of public schools?
@DVK: Sure, but has the definition of "literacy" changed? As far as I can tell, there have always been the barely literate, but just writing is easier now. It's conceivable that the actual literacy rate, measured by some unvarying standard, has actually gone down, but I'd think that's something for the OP to demonstrate.
Nov
21
comment Did the Gallic army besieged in Alesia conduct itself well when expecting relief?
It isn't clear to me that this is quite on topic. Asking what happened is history, asking what might have happened is still history. Asking what X should have done in situation Y doesn't seem to me like history.
Nov
20
comment Does Grant's use of attrition tactic support his reputation as a general?
One thing that fighting did do was prevent Confederate forces from leaving Virginia to face Sherman's campaigns. Attrition warfare can allow maneuver warfare.
Nov
16
comment Why do people (governments) hang on to the idea of East and West?
Which specific idea? Do you mean the use of "West" to refer to European civilization and its offspring and "East" to refer to Eastern Asian civilizations?
Nov
16
comment Why was the Western Front so static in World War I?
By 1917 or so, it was possible to break through enemy lines, by coordinated use of artillery and infantry. It wasn't possible to continue and break through several reserve lines, since with no way for the infantry to communicate back there was no coordination. The Allies didn't have improved tactics in 1918, and the tanks were too primitive to cause a breakthrough. However, the German Army was collapsing after the Spring 1918 offensives, and couldn't stand up to Allied attacks.
Nov
16
comment Why was the Western Front so static in World War I?
@LouisRhys: Because nobody had a good way to do that. It would be necessary to transport a very large number of troops to make a difference. The Central Powers lacked the sea power, except possibly in the Baltic, and the Entente Powers lacked good amphibious targets.