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Aug
7
comment “Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.”
@T.E.D. I must be very obtuse. I determined the origin and the contextual words give the meaning. It has nothing to do with Acton. Is there anything else I should have done? Forgive my failure.
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awarded  Yearling
Aug
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answered “Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.”
Aug
7
awarded  Commentator
Aug
7
comment “Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.”
I think that it is not Acton, although it expresses sentiments he might have uttered. The quote is, I think, with insignificant modifications, from Sir Henry Maine, in his ‘Village Communities’ (3rd ed., 1876) p. 238. In this lecture, Maine’s proposition is that the idea of progress has been received by the British from the Greeks and passed on to the Indians.
Jul
29
comment What does “the purpose of history is ideological” mean?
Applying not the Marxist or Sartrean idea of ideology which is, by and large, discredited, but the more subtle modern form of the concept to the Columbus story would require you to examine the interest-pattern of the participants in the events, and the in-built biases of the system that used the voyages to further their power, economic interests, and see if the ‘discovery’ formulation was really an accurate description or something like an excuse or cover-up for a quite different process. 'Ideology' is one of those useful but easily misused terms that should, perhaps, carry a health warning.
Jul
29
comment What does “the purpose of history is ideological” mean?
@leonardo - I think that the point of the question, with all its obvious defects, is made by the old Jewish joke about the arrival of Columbus in America, when one native American says to another: "Thank God, we are discovered!" I could enlarge on the history of ideology and its modern connotations and give you advice on how to approach the issue, but I see that it is now forbidden by the powers.
Jun
3
comment Travel time for African Slave trade
Thank you for the edits, chaps.
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May
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awarded  Editor
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revised Travel time for African Slave trade
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May
31
answered Travel time for African Slave trade
May
19
comment Why have some territorial annexations been rejected by the international community?
@dotancohen: Most PIL textbooks are OK on general principles, but superficial on the exact issue. Probably the most comprehensive discussion is by the editor of Akehurst's Introduction to Modern International Law, Peter Malanczuk, 'Das Golan-Gesetz im Lichte des Annexionsverbots und der occupatia bellica', ZaoRV 42(1982), and 'Jerusalem', EPIL [1990], and 'Israel, Status, Territory and Occupied Territories', EPIL [1995]. See also the so-called 'principle of effectiveness', which I assume the government of Israel regards as its bright hope in the long haul. Good luck.
May
18
comment Why have some territorial annexations been rejected by the international community?
@dotancohen The purpose of your question concerning Golan is a matter of public international law. Of course, PIL questions require a review of history in the form of state practice. On the question of Golan, the history that is relevant is that of the period after 1945. The reason for the circumscription is that the international regime for territorial acquisition is new after 1945. See any PIL textbook. Yes, there are exceptions to the prohibition against territorial annexation [see eg India and Goa] but none of them apply to the Golan. Perhaps this is for the projected law stack.
May
4
comment Borisov aktion of 23 July , 1941
In the transcript of the hearing of USA vs. Ohlendorf et al, the Einsatzgruppen case, Trials of War Criminals [1948] vol 4, page 1, you will find a useful organigram of the organizations and some names of the respective officers. Other information about dates of each officer's responsibility is in the text. The organization was modified over time. Also, in the testimony, you will find different assignments of responsibility over command structure. This may be of some small assistance.
Apr
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awarded  Revival
Apr
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answered How did Churchill and Stalin intend to translate the percentages in the “Percentages agreement”?
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awarded  Necromancer
Apr
15
answered How did the Tutsis win the civil war in Rwanda after 70% of them had been killed?
Feb
9
comment What was the custom/consensus regarding irregular combatants 19th century?
I think these questions -as edited - can now be properly answered.