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


Oct
16
comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
I'm not entirely sure; the level of serfdom exercised by the Russian nobility might qualify it as (ineptly) command driven. OP asked about a nuclear power, which scopes the question. All that said, you make a very good point - part of the problem is that the technology to make Russia adequately fertile may not have existed. You also implicitly point out a flaw in the question; the ability to build a nuclear bomb is not commensurate with the ability to feed people.
Oct
16
comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
Have you done any preliminary research into the problems of command driven economies? Five year plans? collectivization?
Oct
16
reviewed Close How did native Americans and European colonists conduct their trades?
Oct
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Who were the Wright brothers competitors?
Oct
16
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Do Real Roman and Greek warriors have big muscles and six-pack abs like in the movie?
Oct
16
revised Do Real Roman and Greek warriors have big muscles and six-pack abs like in the movie?
Fixed wording.
Oct
15
reviewed Leave Open Capitalization of countries names in 1965
Oct
15
comment How come Indians were not mass converted to Islam/Christianity?
Lots of assertions based on some assumptions about what "religion" and "conversion" mean, and the difference between "religion" and "culture". Interesting and thought provoking, but in the absence of evidence, not particularly persuasive.
Oct
15
revised How come Indians were not mass converted to Islam/Christianity?
Normalized spelling and capitalization
Oct
15
comment When did the Greeks stop calling themselves “Roman”?
There is a difference between "Greeks" and "Byzantines". The title is misleading.
Oct
15
reviewed Leave Open Was any Medieval state ever “partially” Roman Catholic?
Oct
15
reviewed Close What was approximate Attila The Hun death toll?
Oct
15
reviewed Close Tiberius Gracchus' strategy after Punic Wars
Oct
14
comment Were the (early 17th C) arrivers/colonists to North America (USA) outcasts from European societies?
What do you mean by "early pilgrims" ? Have you checked the history of Georgia? "The colony of Georgia was truly the vision of James Edward Oglethorpe. His plan to use the new colony as a haven for people in debtors prison grew out of his committee work while a member of Parliament." ? Pennsylvania (religious freedom for Catholics & Quakers)?
Oct
14
revised Were the (early 17th C) arrivers/colonists to North America (USA) outcasts from European societies?
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Oct
14
comment Was any Medieval state ever “partially” Roman Catholic?
I suspect you will find active Jewish synagogues in most of the states. I suspect that you'll also find Islamic institutions in the Balkans for a good portion of the period.
Oct
14
comment Keynesian economics during his era
Could someone answer the last sentence in a bit more depth? Keynes invented macroecon; any discussion of contemporary reception would have to address the notion that Keynes was bringing something new to the table. What were the opponents advocating? I know that Keynes managed other's money for much of his life, and lost a great deal of it twice; what effect did this have on his credibility? There's a fascinating story here.
Oct
14
comment Keynesian economics during his era
Here is the germ of an excellent, insightful answer. This answer is good; it brings me information I didn't have. But it makes me hungry to better understand Keynes. Alas, the only reference is to Robinson. I'd love to see paragraph 2 & 3 expanded.
Oct
14
comment Keynesian economics during his era
@T.E.D, I think you do a disservice. I agree that the question would be better if it didn't reference politics. But there is a significant wing of the Republican party who may accept Keynes for economic analysis, but oppose Keynesian policy. While we could (in some non-SE forum) discuss the intellectual grounds for the disagreement, these are not merely "any old schmoe", they're a group that can cause one of the world's largest economies to halt, or even to default.
Oct
14
comment What effect did the execution of Louis XVI have on French foreign policy?
If I understand French governance correctly, France was legally "personal rule". Consequently with the death of the King, France (legally) had no foreign policy. Lots of traditions, treaties and alliances that were still technically binding, but "policy" was set by the king.