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Nov
12
comment How was the literacy rate of Americans impacted by the establishment of public schools?
This looks like a political thesis looking for historical support; you might want to change it to be more neutral. Also, check for varying definitions of literacy over time, and the population it's measured over.
Nov
10
comment How unfavorable were the terms of Germany's “surrender” in WW1?
I haven't been able to find anything in the Versailles treaty saying Germany was accepting responsibility for the war, only a clause that Germany and allies accepted full financial responsibility for all damages.
Nov
10
comment How unfavorable were the terms of Germany's “surrender” in WW1?
Are you referring to the Armistice terms or the Versailles Treaty?
Nov
10
answered Were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki necessary?
Nov
5
comment Best books on the politics behind WWII
AJP Taylor was definitely not in the mainstream of historical writing, but I haven't found anything factually wrong with it. You might want another book on the origins in Europe for balance.
Nov
4
comment What were the original casualty projections for Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
@Noldorin: That figure was given by Richard Frank in Downfall, FWIW. I consider the lower limit to be way low.
Nov
3
comment Do most of today's democratic nations with two-party system exhibit a civil war in recent past?
How many modern countries haven't had some sort of civil war? To consider Italy, there were the fights before the Risorgimento, the Risorgimento (which wasn't just Italians vs. Austrians) forming modern Italy in the 1860s or so, and the Repubblica Sociale Italiana fighting the rest of Italy in WWII, after Mussolini was deposed. Before discussing the role of civil wars, I'd like to get an agreement on what one is.
Nov
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Oct
29
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Oct
29
comment When and why was the samurai class abolished?
Actually, the samurai influence was stronger in the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-5. In that war, the Japanese were often praised for their very correct fighting and treatment of prisoners. I've seen arguments that the WWII behavior is more typical in Japanese history when arming the non-samurai classes.
Oct
28
comment Josephus as a Legitimate Historical Text
Also, I'd tend to discount the numerous passages that testify to the popularity, influence, and virtue of a guy named Josephus.
Oct
28
comment Why did the Monitor and Merrimac (aka Virginia) have such radically different designs?
Although Monitor's turret was not easy to control, and IIRC the gunners wound up keeping the turret steady and letting the ship maneuver to point the guns at the enemy.
Oct
27
comment How do new countries legally and without bloodshed declare themselves independent?
@WladimirPalant: They weren't part of the RSFRS, once that stabilized. They were part of the Russian Empire. Russia always has had rather fluid borders.
Oct
26
comment Why did the United States not seriously develop Anti Aircraft Missiles?
Do you have any evidence for the relative effort other than number of deployed systems? There's other possible reasons. Perhaps the US improved missiles more while keeping the designation, perhaps the US was more satisfied with its earlier weapons and was therefore slower to replace them. How much of this is naval? The USN had lots of carriers, and the Soviets didn't have any.
Oct
25
comment At what point do armies tend to break?
Some American Civil War battles were extremely bloody, with regiments occasionally taking 90% casualties. They weren't combat-effective any more, but they had to be staying in combat with surprisingly heavy casualties to take the 90%.
Oct
24
answered When did aircraft carriers eclipse battleships as the “King of the seas”?
Oct
24
answered What Were the Types of Sieges?
Oct
24
comment What Were the Types of Sieges?
Are we talking about any particular period? The Romans conducted sieges, and so did (say) Germany and the US in WWII.
Oct
24
comment What was Finland's position in World War Two?
FWIW, I was told by a Finn that the Germans were the ones that stopped with the "nice" withdrawal. No idea what he was using as sources, and it could just be one of those ideas floating around a country.
Oct
23
answered Why weren't aircraft carriers utilized during D-day?