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I'm currently studying Aikido and Taiji. I'm informally studying jo and bokken.


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comment Has feudalism been a programmed event for nations in the past?
I could argue that Rome most definitely went through a feudal period implicitly where governors carried out the will of the Emperor, and then explicitly when the Empire was split into administrative districts and dioceses.
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comment Has feudalism been a programmed event for nations in the past?
What is "feudalism"? What is "programmed"? if you mean "is there a period in most states where power is consolidated in the center but partially devolved to local agents?" then the answer is probably "yes", but you've abstracted the question to "What are techniques to control a state larger than your attention".
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comment What legal or moral mechanism ensured Stalin's grip on power?
Re: the edit; only the living cast votes. Those who failed to assure Stalin that their votes would support Stalin were "elected" to the house of the dead, where their votes didn't count. Stalin practiced what Glen Cook called "preemptive revenge".
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comment Was the Italian campaign a strategic mistake?
This is a good example of a question that educates as well as inquires. I'd upvote if the assertions were linked to references/research.
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comment What were the Japanese defenses for an allied invasion of Kyushu?
I would upvote if the assertions in the first paragraph were linked to resources. This is an great example of a question that can educate even if it is never answered.
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reviewed Reviewed Did the Roman Empire extend as far north as the Romans could grow wine?
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comment Did the Roman Empire extend as far north as the Romans could grow wine?
These assertions would have been more valuable if they'd been backed up by research/citations.
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reviewed Close The Chronology Challenge: earliest verifiable date of a historical event?
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reviewed Close Has feudalism been a programmed event for nations in the past?
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reviewed Close What where the causes and consequences of the Spanish armada
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reviewed Close How did people from pre-industrialization era perceive “success in life”?
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reviewed Close What was the role of U.S. involvement in World War II?
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reviewed Close What is the difference between a typescript and manuscript?
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reviewed Leave Open PANDA Source Analysis
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revised PANDA Source Analysis
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comment PANDA Source Analysis
I think this has value on a Q&A site. I might have formatted it as a Q and then answered my own question, but I think it has value. I'm going to offer an edit to address some of the comments.
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reviewed Close When did Sri Lanka and Myanmar separate from India?
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reviewed Leave Open Contemporary objections to the Bill of Rights's 1st Amendment / Declaration of the Rights of Man, art. 10?
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reviewed Leave Open What was the social and cultural role of a “country squire” in Victorian/Edwardian England?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How close were the living standards of India compared to England during the medieval period?