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  • Why was the Japanese army so barbaric in ww2?

    Everytime I hear or see anything related to Japan it always seemed that they enjoyed being brutal. Compared to how Germany treated people
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  • Isn't the Holy Roman Empire and the German Confederation just proof that Germany existed before 1871, but not as a state?

    Best answer: Yes. Germany's history is that whenever Germany is united it is a great power and strongest in Europe. When it's disunited it's a patchwork of states without strength as a whole.
    United Germany (under name Holy Roman Empire) was top power in Europe in earlier Middle Ages (1000-1300).
    One of the top powers 1300's.
    1400's-1700 bucking a trend Germany disunited (when other countries were uniting) and was weak as the patchwork states, although there was a little strength in 'various confederations'.
    In the 1800's Germany united again, 1st under the name 'Prussia' then Germany (German Empire) 1870 on, as the top or 2nd top power.
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  • Are the stories of English , French and german crusaders ravaging and raping all the way to east through constantinopole?

    Best answer: Actually it was almost exclusively French and English crusaders who turned aside from the direct route to the Holy Land in AD 1097 to massacre Jews in Germanic cities. And note that country borders were very different in those days.
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  • Couldn't one argue that the USA played a role in the rise Nazi Germany due to the demands of Treaty of Versailles which left Germany ruined?

    Best answer: The US played a far bigger indirect role with the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed. It was the French that placed the heaviest demands for war reparations on Germany, that saddled the country with debt and the resulting disaster of the Weimar Republic. Hitler was filled with bitterness over that and burning with the humiliation he believed all Germans felt or should feel. His hatred of the French and his desire for vengeance were evident in his having the French sign the surrender documents in 1940 in the same railway car that the armistice agreement that ended WW I was signed in - and in the exact same location, under Hitler's orders.

    But the country was getting back on its feet and Germans were going back to work, with the help of US bankers. When the depression began to take hold - a saying at the time was 'When America sneezes, the world catches cold' - many of those loans to German businesses were called in, and elsewhere around the world. It was a worldwide depression. Up to that time, Hitler and his party were seen as a fringe element drawing small totals in elections; he was regarded as a crackpot. But he had been warning for years of the dangers of relying on foreign investment. When Germans found themselves suddenly unemployed in huge numbers, Hitler's warnings were remembered and his message suddenly found an audience.
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  • Who were the most powerful people in history?

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  • What effects did the US Civil War have on African Americans?

    Best answer: The country was founded on racism because slavery was legal. The war was fought about slavery and the whole country was largely racist ... even the president.
    "Our republican system was meant for a homogeneous people. As long as blacks continue to live with the whites they constitute a threat to the national life. Family life may also collapse and the increase of mixed breed bastards may some day challenge the supremacy of the white man." ... -Lincoln
    The north simply thought slavery was too much. The north segregated the black soldiers f/ the white ones etc. The war led to emancipation.
    Once the slaves were freed, the bridges across racism began getting built one brick at a time as noteworthy blacks began debunking the myth of white supremacy. Equality didn't surface as a political priority until civil rights became the issue in the mid 1950s.
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  • Why were Kennedy and Johnson's presidencies were so unfortunate and putrescent while Nixon's coming was like fresh air stream?

    Best answer: How can you compare those two? Johnson and Kennedy were opposites of each other. Johnson destroyed all of Kennedy's good work.
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  • What if the USSR didn't help Germany invade Poland, and Poland was able to use their Romanian bridgehead strategy, and get Romanian help?

    The Terrain of South Eastern Poland where the Polish Army would have retreated to is hilly and forested, hard to blitzkrieg through. And with the Romanian army arriving to help the poles, this would have given Britain and France time to build up their armies further and expand upon their Saar offensive through the weakly defended western border of Germany.
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  • Was appeasement the reason Germany was actually very unprepared for invading the UK?

    If Chamberlain made it obvious that the UK would be willing to fight Germany, then Hitler would have built an amphibious landing force and long range bombers that could strike anywhere in the UK.
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  • Were Hannibal and the Carthaginians white?

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  • Where was the battleship wisconsin built?

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  • When Japan got nuke what 'mail' what was the heading the surrender the mail subjuct I want sources and facts documents boys.?

    was this a piece of paper because there telephone poles were knocked out. and what did that piece of paper say
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  • Was Christopher Columbus a nice person?

    Best answer: No . He was a rapist , robber , murderer , and worse . He did harm to all people visited .
    He took people back to be used as slaves .
    He died in poverty as an unknown .
    The facts are out there if you look hard enough .
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  • Was it normal for ancient greeks living in 403 BC to marry their siblings/cousins?

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  • How did isis get started and how did they get their weapons?

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  • Were real sword fights quicker than in movies?

    Best answer: Yes and no.

    Most people are very conservative when facing a sharp weapon, even when they have armour which reduces the number and size of places they are vulnerable in.

    Fights might degenerate into a lot of probing for the opponent's behaviour and response before a sudden assault ends the fight in one or two moves. Often these are grapples, throws or disarms, rather than lethal strikes - in a lot of times and places, killing was still murder, and you needed to be able to demonstrate need.

    Also a joint lock and throw, with disarm and yeilding is *done*. While a cut or thrust can be lethal, but not incapacitate the opponent for several minutes. (Seen even today with fatal stabbings, where the victim leaves the scene and returns having armed themselves... only to collapse soon after).

    A common (or at least not infrequently reported) outcome of duels is afterblows being more dangerous than the first hit. A thrust which passes through an arm or shoulder traps the weapon, and the wounded fencer has the time to aim a return attack to the face, throat or heart at his leisure.

    Swords are not 'lightsabres' and in reality it is quite easy to not 'land' a thrust or get good edge alignment and structure in a cut, especially when under pressure. Many 'hits' are likely to 'skim' the surface of the body, fail to penetrate the clothing or 'turn' because edge alignment is poor. Enough to end a duel to first blood (if the seconds are on the ball), but not necessarily to end a fight to yielding or to the death.

    However, the treatises show hundreds of single and double time attacks, counters, remedies and counter-remedies which should result in some outcome within a few seconds of determined action... if the fencers don't retreat after 'testing' the engagement and not liking what they see.

    As an example of slowed 'purposeful' drilling from the Leckuchner messer treatise, these few score (I haven't counted, but something like that), plays from among upwards of 600+ all result in a decisive 'end' to the play in a handful of actions (many being grapples or throws - often with forceful (i.e. up to arm-breaking (or dislocating)) joint locks for control or incapacitation short of death.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UgX7cR7WNw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jxHnphJMB8

    Adorea do film and 'stage' choreography based on 'safe' but not especially slowed pre-planned flows as an alternative to the typical 'Hollywood' style.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn36Pb8z3yI This is probably a fairly 'typical' duel - at least up until the returning the weapon ~ but that is recorded as being done sometimes - with a simple and safe 'testing' of the opponent, and then a 'masterful' strike being made as a countercut, and a disarm and throw to end the fight with a yielding, but alive opponent...

    In general, a well aimed, committed thrust is more likely to be fatal, but a powerful blow or cut from a suitable weapon is more likely to be 'quickly' incapacitating... and many people and situations call for 'less than lethal' results, even at increased risk, which slows the whole process down a touch, as you need to remain able to defend while attempting to gain/retain control, or to cover yourself as you retreat back out of measure once you have 'hit' and either secured a fatal wound or honourable first blood, or whatever your rules of engagement require.
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  • Why was 9/11 treated very different from the Oklahoma City bombing?

    Best answer: Because 9/11 involved the use of airplanes that took down two towers in NYC, smashed into our military headquarters in Washington DC, and attempted at the U.S. Capitol building in DC as well. Plus, the 9/11 hijackers were foreigners, where as the Oklahoma City bombers were domestic and used plain-old car bombing to make a point. Almost 3,000 died on 9/11, 168 died in the Oklahoma City bombing. 9/11 got us involved in the never-ending war in the Middle East and some parts of Africa.
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  • True or false: Pork Chop Hill was a battle of the Korean War?

    Best answer: True.
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  • Why were the Para troopers in band of brothers so easily able to defeat the Germans?

    Best answer: They weren’t “easily able to defeat the Germans”. Plenty of those brave guys were maimed and killed doing what they did.

    They didn’t complain about it endlessly either. That’s what made them the “Greatest Generation”.

    You’ll notice in Band of Brothers that the Germans were resorting to moving troops by horse. That’s how dire the lack of fuel problems were for the German forces due to the Allied bombing campaign (that you always see Nazi apologists crowing about). They weren’t so much weak as they were critically weakened by design).
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