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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 Why did democracy emerge in what is now Greece?
I don't want to nitpick but your usage seems to imply that democracy outsie of Athens was a marginal or insignificant phenomenon. This is not so. Starting from the 7th century many cities were democratic during some or all of their history. The tug of war between democracy and oligarchy is an important part of Thucydides's story - which would not have been so were democracy marginal.
4h
comment Why did democracy emerge in what is now Greece?
Other cities had democracy too. For example, Argos or Megara. We just know a lot more about Athens.
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comment Why did democracy emerge in what is now Greece?
I am afraid I have to downvote: Greek democracy was special. The notion of the entire (male, adult, unenslaved) population participating in government and making the laws is not something that's found in tribes. Try coming up with examples form elsewhere and you'll see how special that was. (I've once read that Indian villages had something similar - but on a much smaller scale, so that might be one small example). The fact that by modern standards the Greek poleis were very bigoted (against women and slaves, chiefly) should not blind us to their being a real huge step furward in history.
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comment Why is there is a pan-slavic movement?
@Bregalad Putin is actually promoting a notion of a "Russian world" (or perhaps "Russian world civilisation" might be a more adequate translation) which is sort of a modern reincarnation of pan-slavism. I do agree with you that it has certainly degenerated from a genuine, if misguided, idea to an obnoxious vapid soundbite - but that makes it no less strong or dangerous.
Mar
24
comment Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire?
Hear hear, very good abalysis.
Mar
24
comment Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire?
Upon rereading this two years later I think was too rash/harsh and hereby reverse my downvote.
Mar
24
revised Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire?
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Mar
24
accepted Why were the military and civil powers split in the Late Roman Empire?
Mar
24
comment How stable was the Middle East under Ottoman rule?
What do you mean by "stable"?
Mar
22
answered Given Hitler's Austrian ancestry, why did he develop German nationalism rather than Austrian nationalism?
Mar
22
answered Napoleon's exploits in 1785
Mar
21
revised How did people clean their teeth in the past? (Greco-Roman to medieval age)
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Mar
19
answered Ratio of population to military size throughout European history?
Mar
17
comment How can prices be compared over time?
@CsBalazsHungary I did not quite get your point, Can you please elucidate?
Mar
17
comment How can prices be compared over time?
@jamesqf Good point.
Mar
17
answered How can prices be compared over time?
Mar
17
comment Why didn't the Romans use the army to repel the siege of Rome in 410?
I think that it's incorrect to speak of a rump government at this stage. The Western government was still very much of control of its half of the empire, including Rome, Gaul and whatever - but the thing is that the government, such as it was, became concentrated in the staff of the generalissimo of the day (Stilicho, Constantine III, Aetius, etc) while the court of the emperor was impotent and its writ did not run past Ravenna's walls. This was a very bad and unstable situation and it made for an amateursih and short-sighted management but nvertheless it was far from being a rumo one.
Mar
15
comment Why was Benedict Arnold liked by the Tories but scorned by the Whigs?
@MarkC.Wallace Sir Lewis Namier would have disagreed with some of this... :)
Mar
8
comment From Tiberius Gracchus to Julius Caesar
P.S. I did not write "my version" of events, only pointed out a number of crucial factual points which you omitted and which drastically affect any interpretation.
Mar
8
comment From Tiberius Gracchus to Julius Caesar
I submit it to you, sir, that you are very much a fan of at least one dictator - Sulla. ;)