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Jan
27
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
Lennart, a fairer comparison would be with other Latin American or Caribbean nations if you have any figures; e.g. Venezuela or Jamaica. Italy, as a developed European state with industry and infrastructure to match had a much greater potential to grow from 1948 onwards than Cuba did, and would have done so under any sane economic system. What is more, compared with - say - Jamaica, which has had no revolution or US embargo, Cuba has higher GDP per capita, suggesting there's a lot more going on than "planned economy = bad".
Jan
27
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
I am suspicious of ideological bias here, due to comments like: "has been wholly negative", and the singleminded focus on GDP where ihtkwot's answer takes a broader view of the economy.
Jan
17
comment Why did Charles V divide his holdings as he did?
This all sounds very sound - I would add that in an age when the monarch is personally responsible for a lot, and communications are slow, Charles V's full holdings were unmanageably huge to be ruled by one man. If he had tried, much more than just the Netherlands would probably have been lost to Hapsburg rule.
Dec
2
comment Why is King Henry V regarded as such a great King?
But of course many of the prisoners held by the English at that point in the battle were nobles, and many more were men at arms - well trained, well equipped, valuable soldiers, often with a personal loyalty to their noblemen. This is by no means the same as a slaughter of random peasants in medieval eyes; and despite the lack of a formal law of war, I would suggest that public slaughters of some other noble's peasants were still frowned upon!
May
10
comment Emigration restrictions in history
I'll have a look - unfortunately that's purely from memory of studying it at A-level, so it may take some hunting
Mar
19
comment To what can we trace the idea of “civic responsibility”?
The earliest example in my personal knowledge is the ancient Greek "polis", but there may well be earlier examples of civic responsibility.
Oct
2
comment What is the basic structure of British Politics?
Don't forget that if a policy is too unpopular, or the whips ride too roughshod over MPs they can rebel - this has occurred in the past, and can bring down a government.
Oct
1
comment Why did Operation Market Garden go ahead when the allies knew German armor was in the area?
It means that any bolding, italics etc is inserted by Luke, not the original author.
Sep
28
comment What is the origin of the English Ship Building Philosophy?
Apart from the cites issue which you note, you use a lot of jargon, presumably Marxist in origin, which you do not explain. This makes your answer much harder to interpret for the general reader.
Sep
25
comment Did the Gallic army besieged in Alesia conduct itself well when expecting relief?
Added point - internal division. If those inside Alesia represented Vercingetorix's personal power base, and the relieving force were allies, he may have felt it necessary to keep his own force reasonably intact, lest he lose all influence amongst other Gauls in the aftermath of victory.
Sep
17
comment Why was Africa colonized last of the continents in the Age of Discovery?
To add to this brilliant answer, I would mention that Portugal had a lot less manpower to sink into militarily dominating territory than Spain did.
Aug
17
comment What Was the Legacy of the Diggers?
I have also got some sources courtesy of the guy who told me about ThereauJohn in the first place: thewildbeast.co.uk/wordpress/2006/07/29/… and there is by all accounts a lot on JSTOR if you have access to that (I don't). The rest is books which I can pass on if you like, message me!
Aug
17
comment What Was the Legacy of the Diggers?
Hi, sorry, had to spend a little while tracking it down - his original name was Thomas Totney, and it is under this name that he is listed in e.g. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Wiki.