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  1. How effective would the ‘Advance Firing’ tactic be in 19th century warfare?

    I read 2 in 13, from "Great Commanders and their Battles". Don't know where it was sourced.
  2. AHC: Most Interesting Alt-USA Constitution

    I'm actually doing a relatively realistic TL. The POD is the death of Washington; the OTL office of President was designed with him in mind.
  3. The Worst American Civil War Alternate History Cliche

    I was just pointing out that the quote wasn't what it is commonly cited as, to claim that Lee was anti-slavery. The point was that he could at best be characterized as ambivalent on the matter. Also, I can't find the lawsuit -- only lawsuit against the US Government that I can find under a...
  4. The Worst American Civil War Alternate History Cliche

    The full quote is basically that "slavery is at best a necessary evil", so more resigned to it than anything else. As for Lee attempting to hold onto his slaves, well, he had a point as a matter of law -- the EP was justified as a war measure, and the war was over. Certainly he had an argument...
  5. The Belgian War

    Okay, I can't work this out any further; dialogue isn't my thing, and given that Germany basically went to war with few war aims other than "kick France's butt" (The Septemberprogramm was more or less a "solicitation of ideas" kind of thing; if Germany can be said to have a real war goal it's to...
  6. The Belgian War

    The British didn't really like the Germans, but there were strong antiwar factions in Britain and Germany -- the Liberals weren't in favor of war, and war fever was going to probably peter out between the fall of the Government over home rule (which means the Liberal government has no reason to...
  7. The Belgian War

    David Lloyd George had come to power after a cabinet crisis. Asquith's cabinet resigned and a no-confidence vote was held. The General Elections had been decided on Irish home rule. The war going on in Belgium had been a matter of minor interest, ultimately fading from view as it was clear that...
  8. Eunuch Napoleon

    1.) Napoleon is going to get promoted -- he's too ambitious to watch lesser lights be promoted ahead of him again and again as he wins battle after battle as a major, and lacks any otherwise objectionable quality, because of this, and more than likely some civilian bureaucrat at the...
  9. Eunuch Napoleon

    If he survives getting to the field hospital and is still standing, I reckon he has a fighting chance -- mainly because if he does he probably has the bleeding decently controlled and because the same reason you don't want to get hit there (richly supplied with blood) also means that the area...
  10. Need example of a "south wins ACW" timeline for reporter

    I also have bad vibes here, there's been lots of controversy over the Confeds in the US recently, and if the interviewer specifically asked for this sort of timeline, this is a frameup. I'd advise inquiring about a good media lawyer, a lot of us really like this website (Like Me). This website...
  11. AHC: Hindustan

    Sorry, not happening. Basically this requires way more heavy-handed and thoroughly unpleasant authorial intervention in history than even Confederate victory TLs.. I'm calling ultra-implausible (do you think the Hindus &c. will just sit there while their friends are being slaughtered, castrated...
  12. bronze age printing on soft clay tablet

    I'm sorry I was so angry at you Irene Okay, so the point of the archives -- having a big archive DID give you a certain amount of cachet I believe in the ancient Near East as a center of learning, and made an impression that you were cultured -- it also had a practical purpose like the Library...
  13. bronze age printing on soft clay tablet

    I just wanted to note that the empires of the period didn't care about the welfare of their people. They were protection rackets, not modern social democracy. The "variable" that the Emperor of such an empire would want to maximize is the probability of him and his successors sitting on the...
  14. bronze age printing on soft clay tablet

    Bronze Age kings really cared about no one but themselves. Basically Bronze Age kingdoms were, not to put too fine a point on it, a protection racket. They had absolutely no interest in the welfare of the mass of people except insofar as it had reference to their own ability to keep expensive...
  15. bronze age printing on soft clay tablet

    I've always wondered about this question. How far this goes depends on several things. 1. How common are clay deposits in Mesopotamia and nearby? 2. How deep is the water table in these areas? 3. How much does it cost to extract and is there water transport near the clay pits? (Important...
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