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Jul
30
comment Why did the Germans not encircle and besiege Stalingrad?
I think you mean Kleist. Also, his last word is 'us'. Creepy.
Jul
6
comment How and why did trade unions in America become influenced by organised crime, but unions in Britain didn't?
Note: historically, the sicilian and sardinian mafia had their roots in groups of thugs the landowners used to 'discipline' peasants and small farmers.
Jul
6
comment How and why did trade unions in America become influenced by organised crime, but unions in Britain didn't?
I don't know if it's a good question because I don't know if the assumption is correct. But I'd look into the history and origins of different labor movements, how enabling their organization is to influence by criminal capital. You could probalby compare different unions within the US.
Jul
2
comment Could medieval European merchants travel through the Islamic world?
.. and the other way round muslim traders were active along the lower dnjepr during (and I think before) the time of the Kiever Rus. An interesting question would be how permeable western europe was to muslim traders in the middle ages.
Jul
2
accepted Why did Stalin keep the famine of 1932 a secret?
Jul
2
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Jun
29
comment Medieval Saharan Caravan Navigation
Apparantly, in Mongolia it was considered ( in the early 20th cen) to be lucky or proper to pick up a rock once small ston lighthous (obo) comes into view, and add it to the obo. It's easy to imagine this practice beeing ancient, and helpful.
Jun
27
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Jun
26
comment Are there instances where collective farming has actually brought benefit to the population
oceanspray.coop this company calls it self a cooperative, in my book that means that all assets (including farming land) are owned collectivly by the workers. I'm however not sure inhowfar that applies here still. Also AFAIK Mike Davies 'City of Quarz' mentioned collective farms beeing started early 20th cen in the LA area (of which Ocean spray may be one), maybe look that up. Which begs the question: At what scale are you looking, do indiviaul farms count?
Jun
25
asked What did the Soviets know about the Hunger Plan during WWII?
Jun
25
comment Where can I find open historical map data?
States were not always states, but most important for you, they were not always territorial states. High medievial period, you don't draw a map with poltiical boundaries, you draw a graph showing loyalties (and that will be a tangled mess).
Jun
24
comment Why did Stalin keep the famine of 1932 a secret?
@anixx can you please, please, move this discussion to a better place? Someone pose the question "Was the 32 famine a targeted killing of Ukrainians" and lets look at serious answers.
Jun
24
comment Where can I find open historical map data?
depending on your timeframe, geological borders (coastlines, rivers ...) shifted too.
Jun
24
comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
@FelixGoldberg yes, definitly. Not yet met the person to deny that, but I'm sure I will.
Jun
24
comment Why did Stalin keep the famine of 1932 a secret?
I think this is a good comparison, I'll still wait a bit with the accept to see if others make different points. +1.
Jun
24
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Jun
24
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Jun
23
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Jun
23
comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
An answerable question within the scope of history would be "what did the SU do against the famines, when, and why was it so ineffective?"
Jun
23
comment Why did Stalin keep the famine of 1932 a secret?
Also there's a mix of up and down votes, can the downvoters explain?