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1922
bio website dnselite.com
location China
age 38
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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.


Oct
24
answered Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
Oct
22
comment Is there any historical evidence of boiling oil being poured on attackers?
Also have a look at: A history of Greek fire and gunpowder By James Riddick Partington books.google.co.uk/… who says it was in common use by the Muslims, especially in the 12th century.
Oct
22
comment Is there any historical evidence of boiling oil being poured on attackers?
The Muslims employed Greek fire on many occasions throughout the crusades. There are many references but to give one: The siege of Jerusalem: crusade and conquest in 1099 By Conor Kostick books.google.co.uk/… .
Oct
22
asked Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?
Oct
22
asked Did war chariots ever actually have blades on the wheel hubs?
Oct
22
answered Is there any historical evidence of boiling oil being poured on attackers?
Oct
19
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
Bernard Montgomery advanced with his 1897 Pattern drawn during a counteroffensive in the First World War. The actual sword he carried is exhibited in the Imperial War Museum, London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Oct
19
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
21st of August 1914. It was the 4th Dragoon Guards. bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/firstshot_01.shtml
Oct
19
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
The First World War opened near Casteau in Belgium with a British cavalry charge, sabres drawn (4th Dragoon Guards). They attacked a German patrol of Lancers. The British saw no casualties other than one horse. The Germans lost several men and three were captured with sword wounds. bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/firstshot_01.shtml
Oct
19
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Scotland is a country. There are four countries in the UK. Scotland, England, N. Ireland and Wales. The attack across the channel would have come from England. There may have been other nations involved but it was from England that they attacked.
Oct
18
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Oct
18
comment Why wasn't the Republic of Ireland invaded (by either side) in WW2?
Britain had just lost Ireland through a civil war. The idea of recapturing it and the resulting conflict would have been ridiculous to contemplate while at war with Germany.
Oct
18
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
@Noldorin - I am Scottish. I use the words English and England quite correctly in the above passage.
Oct
18
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Oct
18
revised Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
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Oct
17
answered How did a besieged city/castle defend itself vs. catapulting diseased dead bodies into it?
Oct
15
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
I think @quant_dev has half the point. Hitler lacked a Navy big enough to invade England but also England lacked the the amphibious element of its navy to counter attack back into Europe. It would be several years and only with Americas help that such a crossing of the Channel became possible. Remember the pleading by Stalin to Churchill to help by opening up a second front in Western Europe. In 1940 Hitler was not still busy fighting Britain.
Oct
15
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
@Andrei We don't need one hammer for every screw. The reasons for attacking European neighbours need not the same as the reason for attacking Russia. To say they were just obsessed with occupying more territory is too simple and generalised.
Oct
15
comment Why did non-monarchic rule meet with so little success in ancient China?
@lins314159 In the later days of the Zhou dynasty, before the Warring states period started for ernest, the Emperor had been reduced to a token figure head with no actual power. The states within the empire were ruled by Lords and aristocrats. These families later took on the title of King as the Warring States period began.
Oct
15
comment Why did non-monarchic rule meet with so little success in ancient China?
@ Tom Au: I live in China. While there are plains and plateaus, the hills often go all the way to the sea and the terrain is quite difficult. If your argument held then Tibet, Nepal, and other lands in the Himalayas would be a hot bed of democracy which they are not.