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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
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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
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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.
Oct
28
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Oct
28
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Oct
28
comment What is the basis for the claims that the word “Israel” means “Exiled for their sins”?
I think you're miss reading Davidovits. He doesn't think the table has anything at all to do with Israel. A recent BBC documentary I saw gives a totally different etymology for the word Israel. I've also seen the table used as evidence that Israel was invaded and thus proof that the bible is wrong. Basically, people read into the evidence want they want to believe and lack objectivity and scientific reasoning. If you believe the world is flat, you will only find evidence that proves your correct. If you question the shape of the world, you will find other possibilities.
Oct
27
comment Do any Egyptian hieroglyphics mention the ten plagues?
I had a feeling that he was a crack but not sure. My original source of this was a History Chanel show of the History of Israel. It claimed that the stele shows that Israel was a separate country from Egypt at this time. So does this mean that you read this stele as mentioning Israel or are both claims bogus?
Oct
27
comment How do new countries legally and without bloodshed declare themselves independent?
I'm not sure that any of the above examples qualify as "without bloodshed". In particular the independence of India and the resulting partition creating Pakistan caused huge death.
Oct
27
comment Do any Egyptian hieroglyphics mention the ten plagues?
There are claims of a stele that reads something like "Israel is destroyed and it's seed is no more." However, I can also find some historians claiming that this is a miss-translation. davidovits.info/496/…
Oct
27
comment Space Landing proving it happened
Yep, no answer to the conspiracy theories. They actually believe that it would be easier for half the worlds population to coordinate a huge conspiracy just to fool them, than that we made a big firework and travelled to the moon.
Oct
27
comment What happened to Mao Zedong's first wife?
Thanks for the link, I could just about read part of it. The source complains that Edgar Snow made an error in saying that, "...I never lived with her - and do not think she is my wife." However, could that have been a euphemism for saying the marriage was not consummated?
Oct
26
asked What happened to Mao Zedong's first wife?
Oct
26
comment Building of the pyramids
Ditto @MichaelF I find it odd also that the Egyptians needed some supernatural effort to build the Pyramids but every just accepts that the Chinese used millions of slaves to build the Great Wall.
Oct
26
revised Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
Added referances and also added a paragraph about Singapore.
Oct
26
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