2,624 reputation
1922
bio website dnselite.com
location China
age 38
visits member for 3 years, 2 months
seen Aug 9 at 14:28

I am an English teacher, born in Scotland but I have been living in China since 2006. In my spare time I build websites and write articles about China. I am also a keen travel photographer and contributor to Getty Images stock library.


Mar
16
comment Since the inception of the United States, has the term “America” ever referred to something more than simply “the United States”?
@Robusto When demonstrators yell "Death to America", they are usually not shouting in English so the confusion over the name doesn't apply.
Mar
16
comment Since the inception of the United States, has the term “America” ever referred to something more than simply “the United States”?
@Jay South Americans are not Americans. South America, and Carabean are part of the Americas (drop the 'n').
Mar
15
answered Since the inception of the United States, has the term “America” ever referred to something more than simply “the United States”?
Feb
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
31
comment Who was responsible for the partition of India?
@mgb Sure, minorities in Greater India were oppressed but it was no genocide. It is important to remember that the Muslims were both minority in some areas and majority in others. You seem to favour the Muslims in Hindu India while ignoring the Hindus in Muslim Pakistan. The partition triggered a massive genocide of minorities on both sides of the borders. There were other options and the negligence and over-hast of the partition is a tragedy that was foreseen and could have been prevented.
Jan
8
comment Who was responsible for the partition of India?
India had lived with a mix of Hindu and Muslims side by side for hundreds of years. There is no reason that this peaceful coexistence could not have continued for long after but for a few high profile politicians (some of whom counted Gandhi as a friend) who sought partition and stirred trouble.
Dec
20
answered Who was responsible for the partition of India?
Dec
20
answered WWI trench tactics using shields?
Dec
18
answered Was there any separation between hunting bow technology and weapon bows?
Nov
30
comment Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
Isn't the internet worderful: mongabay.com/images/commodities/charts/beef.html the price of beef in Kenya in 1986 was almost the same as in 2005.
Nov
30
comment Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
@DVK - Cause I can do basic maths: 4 is less than 15.
Nov
10
answered Is there a Greek myth of Poseidon “dating” his daughter in the form of a dolphin?
Nov
10
comment Were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki necessary?
I think that, although the Russian advance into Manchuria did not in itself cause the end of the war, if given a little more time, it would have. Had Japan lost it's hold on the north east of China and Korea, it would have significantly have constrained their ability to fight in the long term. One can only speculate about the costs in life of the various options and hindsight is 20/20.
Nov
4
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Nov
2
comment What is the most widely accepted theory on the ancient “Sea Peoples”?
I think it's a valid question. Though Wikipedia lists allot of information, its Non-POV position means that it weights all possible theories evenly, even though some are less well supported than others. It's quite right to ask if any of the six theories is more likely than the others.
Nov
1
awarded  Beta
Oct
31
answered How accurate and detailed were geographical maps created and updated by the Romans?
Oct
31
asked In what way and to what extent did the USSR exert influence on Mongolia?
Oct
31
comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
@Anschel Schaffer-Cohen. I don't think Scotland can be compared to the Warsaw Pact countries during the cold war. During WWII Eastern Europe was conquered first by the Germans then conquered/liberated by the Russians. Soldiers marched through the streets. Scotland's position was quite different. Scotland could better be likened to Virginia and other Southern States in being voluntarily joined in a union that later became unwelcome but unable to secede.
Oct
30
comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
@Martin Sojka, If you have references, add that as your own answer below. Personally, that's outside my area of expertise.