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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.

  • "Get the dates right first!" (Me, all the time)

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comment Do Russian students study the barrier to effective decision-making known as Groupthink?
There is hardly danger of groupthink in Russia. The Leader thinks for everyone...
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comment Why did Nebuchadnezzar keep King Jeconiah alive?
The chances of a captive prince to make it back from Babylon to Judea to foment trouble were practically nil. So he was not really running a risk in keeping them alive. As to positive reasons to do so - probably just vanity.
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revised Why was Quantum Mechanics deemed 'counter-revolutionary' by Stalin?
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comment Why was Quantum Mechanics deemed 'counter-revolutionary' by Stalin?
@fdb Under Stalin's regime these two words were essentially synonymous. Anyway, Russian wikipedia has a more detailed description, which I will add now.
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Jul
24
comment What was the official attitude to Cromwell after the Glorious Revolution?
But, presumably, no one would have dared to publish a poem praising Cromwell under James. It is not obvious to me that the new authorities would have had much sympathy for a regicide, especially as both Queens of the period - Mary and Anne - were granddaughters of Charles I, whom Cromwell had killed. However, we can surmise from the book I linked to that by 1707 the times have changed - so I am pretty sure there must have been some act by the government which showed people it was no longer a crime to praise Cromwell, as under Charles II and James II.
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comment Are the quantities of gold that the Roman empire looted vs mined known?
Finding loot data is almost hopeless. See my earlier question history.stackexchange.com/questions/6151/… for some pointers.
Jul
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comment What was the official attitude to Cromwell after the Glorious Revolution?
But I am not asking about today! I am asking about late 17th-early 18th century (a fact that was also reflected in the tags)....
Jul
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comment What was the official attitude to Cromwell after the Glorious Revolution?
@PieterGeerkens I added an explanation. Please have a look.
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comment What was the official attitude to Cromwell after the Glorious Revolution?
But this statue is from 1875. I was asking about the late 17th and early 18th century.
Jul
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asked What was the official attitude to Cromwell after the Glorious Revolution?
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comment Why would the heads of the Manhattan Project have been imprisoned in the event of its failure?
Perhaps it was just a figure of speech?
Jul
19
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Jul
17
comment How many Jewish refugee have been expelled out of Arab lands and when?
@jwenting But I think everybody agrees what it means. There is a point in what you say but whatever was the genesis of the Palestinian people, it seems to exist today.
Jul
17
comment Did Arab policymakers have plans for the Jewish population, in case of victory in 1948 War?
@jwenting Do you mean to say that editions a book published in the 50s or 60s would be recalled and replaced by new, expunged, ones? I find that hard to believe.
Jul
17
comment How regularly did the Romans bathe?
Do you have sources for the statement that they bathed once a day?
Jul
17
comment How regularly did the Romans bathe?
I am specifically interested in the frequency issue. Can you provide some information on that?
Jul
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comment How regularly did the Romans bathe?
But did they bathe, say, every day? Or once a week? Or maybe twice a day?