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comment Computer business in 1969
@msh210: Extended my second paragraph.
Feb
9
comment What was the motivation behind prohibiting hunting in King's forests?
Yes. Basically the king didn't care what the masses thought, only other nobles that he "knew."
Feb
7
comment Why was there a reference to the Battle of Hastings in Harper Lee's novel?
This question is about why an author depicted a fictitious character using a long-ago historical event as part of their "frame of reference." This frame of reference is itself a historical "event" (actually, the ethos of a particular time and place). As such, the question is on topic. Put another way, It is about "the history of history." Please see my answer below.
Feb
6
comment What evidence is available of the Nazi nuclear weapons program?
@CGCampbell: If you want this question reopened, why don't you edit it so that it is a better question? I haven't seen anyone try to improve it (so far). The fact that it is not quite a good enough question for the site doesn't mean that it can't be salvaged.
Feb
5
comment What motivated revolutionary France to declare war on Britain in 1793?
@user69715: 18th century logic was the opposite of "ours." For instance, Frederick the Great said, "Better to prevent than to be prevented."
Feb
5
comment What evidence is available of the Nazi nuclear weapons program?
@Yannis: This question is pretty heavily downvoted (I'm not one of them), and others have made the same point. I'm just trying to marshal a site/question consensus. – Tom Au 41 mins ago
Feb
4
comment What evidence is available of the Nazi nuclear weapons program?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this sound like a conspiracy theory.
Jan
27
comment How was the U.S. divided regarding the French Revolution around 1789?
I narrowed this question (and retracted my close vote).
Jan
26
comment How was the U.S. divided regarding the French Revolution around 1789?
@MarkC.Wallace: It's here (longest paragraph). let.rug.nl/usa/presidents/thomas-jefferson/… Basically, the same person thought opposite things about the "French Revolution" on different days. Which is why I VTC.
Jan
26
comment How was the U.S. divided regarding the French Revolution around 1789?
This is just a sketch, but there was an early, "pure" phase from 1789-92, the reign of Terror from 1792-95, the "Directory," from 1795-98, and later the Napoleonic phase. I may have a few dates mixed up, but you see why the question is confusing. Put another way, the answer to your question of which side would which Americans have taken depends on the subperiod. American nearly went to war with France around 1797, then was a quasi-ally in 1812. Even Jefferson was of two minds. Basically pro-French, he said, "we will have to marry ourselves to the British fleet and nation" without Louisiana.
Jan
26
comment Feudalism vs Serfdom
@yasgur99: In theory, yes, if there are no "intervening" nobles, and everyone was a peasant reporting directly to the king. But only someone like Peter the Great would consider such a system. Most kings prefer to "delegate" part of their rule to nobles.
Jan
6
comment Did Peter the Great promote rights for women? If so, how?
@Semaphore: I said, "I [Alexander] would not have done that" (without the precedent of the other three). If that were the case, Catherine would be (indirectly) a Peter the Great "creation."
Jan
6
comment Did Peter the Great promote rights for women? If so, how?
@Semaphore: If I were Alexander Menshikov, I probably would not have done that without the "precedent" set by Catherine I, Anna, and Elizabeth.
Jan
6
comment Did Peter the Great promote rights for women? If so, how?
@MarkC.Wallace: There were four Empresses "created" by Peter the Great. Surely one of them did (or at least could have) make changes in society that benefited women. Sometimes it's better to allow someone to fish than give them a fish.
Jan
6
comment Did Peter the Great promote rights for women? If so, how?
@wythagoras: Maybe he didn't do it in the "conventional" sense, but what Peter did do was the greatest of all. The United States (unilke e.g. India or Germany) has still not elected a woman President. Peter certainly "made them more active participants in the society."
Jan
6
comment Did Peter the Great promote rights for women? If so, how?
Paul Bushkovitch was one of my college professors, and you're better read in his work than I am.
Jan
6
comment Why is China a member of the UN Security Council?
@Schwern: OK, took out India. As to your second point, I gave a hypothetical where Germany beat Britain and Russia and could therefore save Japan. Then the U.S. would have to save China to save itself.
Jan
5
comment Why did Peter the Great crown Catherine I as empress?
@MarkC.Wallace: Added a link to crown matrimonial. I'm assuming that you are sophisticated enough to know the difference between a queen consort and a queen regnant.
Jan
4
comment How much of “Russia” was actually occupied by the Germans in World War II?
@Alex: Your earlier vote to close has expired after one week. You referred in a comment to "voting down," which is what I think you meant to do (or what I would have done in your shoes). But you voted to close instead, which has a different meaning. In any event, thanks for your help and commentary.
Jan
4
comment How much of “Russia” was actually occupied by the Germans in World War II?
@Alex: I agree with your downvote, but not with the votes to close. Downvote means "please fix the question," which was a perfectly appropriate response. The "vote to close" was a comment on the question's "triviality" when several answers, including your own, discussed the various nuances and difficulties in measuring "Russia" and "Russians." The two different votes mean two rather different things. In any event, I did my best to improve the question to the best of my ability. That is, I asked for a definition of "Russia" while providing a "first guess" of my own.