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comment What did education look like in occupied countries during WW2?
@Anixx Thanks, very interesting article.
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comment What did education look like in occupied countries during WW2?
@Anixx Can you give a reference?
Jul
28
comment Could a ruler demand a homage from an independent prince?
I think a lot depends on whether there was a prior feudal connection, however tenuous or outdated, or not. If yes, then the ruler/king would be legally well within his rights to demand the re-establishment of homage. If no, then the demand would be more or less tantamount to a threat of war.
Jul
27
revised How much of the success of the Soviet forces in WWII can be attributed to the modernization efforts enacted by the Soviet/Bolshevik leadership?
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Jul
27
comment How much of the success of the Soviet forces in WWII can be attributed to the modernization efforts enacted by the Soviet/Bolshevik leadership?
I think this is a valid quesiton. It's not as counterfactual as may seem, actually. For example, some of the power plants built by the Bolsheviks were actually built from detailed designs prepared under the Czar.
Jul
25
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Jul
24
comment What did Germany do in World War II about the different rail gauge in the Soviet Union?
@PieterGeerkens I've seen this claim in various Russian sources. Here's one, for example: neofit.narod.ru/Pobeda_60/BOB_vymysly.html (the author is very pro-Stalin etc. but he seems to know his technical stuff well).
Jul
23
comment What did Germany do in World War II about the different rail gauge in the Soviet Union?
Another interesting source is here: militera.lib.ru/h/stolfi/11.html For instance, one can learn there that "Gercke, chief of German army transportation, estimated that one railway battalion could change tracks from Russian to German gauge at a rate of 20 km per day."
Jul
23
comment Why didn't Stalin use force to bring Tito into line?
That feel a bit odd. Surely Stalin had enough Soviet troops and would not have needed to rely on his satellites for that? I've a feeling that Tismaneanu might be missing something.
Jul
23
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Jul
20
comment Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
@TomAu Probably not. Here is a picture of Mr. Jarvis and an invitation to send him email.
Jul
20
revised Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
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Jul
20
comment Why did John Ganson vote contradictorily on the 13th Amendment?
@T.E.D. Or maybe the Speaker by custom did not usually vote to preserve his impartiality (but was allowed to if he wanted). That's the impression I gained from the film but I don't know if it's historically precise.
Jul
20
revised Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
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Jul
20
comment Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
Thanks, this is very interesting. Can you perhaps add some references to the 4th paragraph (opening the mail etc.)?
Jul
19
comment Is there any evidence that the book of Isaiah was written before Cyrus?
Guess we'll have to differ on this one.
Jul
19
comment Is there any evidence that the book of Isaiah was written before Cyrus?
Not very likely, I think. He would have told us about them then, the way he mentioned Nicolaus of Damascus for a later period. The burden of proof is on you, I am afraid.
Jul
18
comment Is there any evidence that the book of Isaiah was written before Cyrus?
Josephus was popularizing (and embellishing) the biblical accounts for his audience but as far as I know, he did not have independent sources. So I don't think his text can be used as evidence for anything.
Jul
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revised Is there any evidence that the book of Isaiah was written before Cyrus?
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