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I am interested in all kinds of history: old-fashioned political and military, social, economic, and last but not least at all - the history of ideas.

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answered Was there any alternative to Caesar's decision to cross the Rubicon in January 49 BC?
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comment Were there any conquests that Ancient Rome undertook explicitly to gain control of a natural resource?
Source, please...
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comment Were there any conquests that Ancient Rome undertook explicitly to gain control of a natural resource?
(Accesible) sources are still lacking....
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Were most African slaves were castrated by the arabs in relation to the whole number?
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comment What mechanisms made Stalinism triumphant in Russia?
A quibble: Soviet economy was not prosperous in the sense that people's quality of life was increasing. It was geared towards producing heavy machinery. So producing 50,000 tractors per year sounds great, but at the same time there was famine and rationing.
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comment What mechanisms made Stalinism triumphant in Russia?
Wow, big question. You did a superb job of summarizing yourself the various aspects/theories so what can be added in answers is mostly references. But the house rules here forbid asking formreferencs so I am not sure you will get answers ;) Perhaps you might want to add some more specialized questions? P.S. Welcome and +1 of course!
Oct
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comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
@MarkC.Wallace Well, Vavilov was just as Russian, wasn't he?
Oct
27
comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
Do you have a reference for this?
Oct
25
comment How did Yugoslavia economically survive the Cold War
What @MarkC.Wallace said. But note also that unlike the Marshall Plan, which did provide assistance, the Soviet Union's relation to its satellites and quasi-satellites was different. Roughly speaking, it did help the undeveloped countries somewhat, but it effectively exploited the developed (European) countries it dominated, under the guise of mutual assistance.
Oct
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comment How did Yugoslavia economically survive the Cold War
A source would be nice.
Oct
23
revised Is there a student of Arnold J Toynbee with an opinion aabout the state and fate of Western Civilization?
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Oct
22
comment How did Europeans really conquer the Americas?
But perhaps some allowance must be made for Diaz exaggerating the odds; blood up to knees is too much of a topos to accept uncrticially. Unfortunately, wedo not have records from the other side to compare to, as is usual.
Oct
22
comment How did Europeans really conquer the Americas?
Are you asking about North America or South America? These are two rather different cases.
Oct
22
comment What would the style of wanted posters be in 1500's
@Nerrolken Which examples from Greece and Rome do you have in mind?
Oct
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Oct
21
comment How important were “columnar” strategies in Japan's invasion of China?
Lots of other things were different too for the Japanese between 1938 and 1944... So I don't think you can just focus on the columnar variable, and assume everything else is fixed.
Oct
20
comment Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
@MarkC.Wallace What the old answer and what was the new one?
Oct
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comment Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
@TylerDurden That's my opinion too, but I'd like to see some disproof.
Oct
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comment Athenian tribute lists
But perhaps you might want to contact Bjorn Paarman (the link given by theodox in the comment to his answer mentions him) - he sounds like the go-to person for this.