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Mar
31
comment Battles that took place on the ice
I recall reading an article ~10 years ago that seemed to indicate that the Battle of the Ice didn't go nearly the way popular Russian historical accounts paint it. Don't recall any details, sadly.
Mar
31
comment When has serious unemployment among educated young populations not led to revolution or war?
@Drux - Nothing so advanced. Just a sysadmin (of VAXen, to boot) employed (at least in 1998) by one of MIT's centers. stuff.mit.edu/people/fjk/fjk.html who happens to be a committed Marxist. Too bad he's practicing his Marxist fancies in USA and not Cuba or Venesuela or North Korea, the filthy hypocrit.
Mar
31
comment Roman aristocrat with slave assassins named after him?
+1 if you can cite sources
Mar
31
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Mar
28
comment Kazakhstan and anti-capitalism in the 1990s
A large portion of ex-USSR intellectuals have never relinquished their idealistic beliefs in the ideals of communism and evils of capitalism (being in the "trade" was always considered a put-down, "you can't make money if you are honest" etc...), even if they didn't like Soviet government. When faced with the half-assed "capitalism" being implemented in post-Soviet space (which pretty much combined the worst aspects of capitalism with the worst aspects of soviet/russian mentality), the sentiment is less surprising than you think.
Mar
28
comment Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
@Anixx - that was the immediate method, not the end goal
Mar
28
comment Is one of the causes behind the cultural atmosphere surrounding the Scopes trial, and the concepts about family, “children are the future”?
@T.E.D. - not really. Eugenics is merely a human form of atrificual selection that farmers have been practicing empirically for millenia before Darwin (or for that matter, Spartan ideas about throwing sick kids off the cliff, would be a crude form of Eugenics). Evolution is helpful to bringing scientific explanation to the practice, but not required.
Mar
28
comment The destruction of the mycenaean palaces and the sea-peoples
Do you have any references (textbooks, etc...)?
Mar
27
comment How did Mongolian nomads acquire metal weapons?
"contemporary accounts by Meng Hung of Jin records a vast import of high quality iron from China, since before the days of Jin, there was an embargo on the scale of iron and weapon to the north, but subsequently both were exported in considerable quantities during thje time of Jin. Thus the mongols were able to acquire a large amount of high quality steel that previous nomads lacked." (from some forum, unsourced). Same forum mentioned heavy import from Kazakhs.
Mar
27
comment Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
@TomAu - the decline in Russian power per se wasn't the goal of Star Wars. Tactically, the goal was the qualitative ability to change the MAD equation. Strategically, it was removal of a threat of a global power combining Russia's natural resources and population with European non-natural (economic etc... resources), done by Russia taking control of Western Europe. The latter was temporarily achieved.
Mar
27
comment Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
The question is how much of the impact did the break up of USSR had on any of these charts, vs unrelated causes (e.g. if they would have stayed the same if USSR didn't break up)
Mar
27
revised What were the reasons for the Renaissance / scientific revolution in Europe?
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Mar
27
comment Were the “hussars” that Jan Sobieski used at the battle of Vienna actually elite troops?
@TomAu - in 1683, pistols were... not exactly a great deal of usefulness to a cavalrymen. Especially in such a tactical situation (as opposed to caracole tactics used against formed infantry)
Mar
27
comment Cuban medical internationalism
I'd be interested in officially documented answer, but one possible consideration could be USSR's influence. USSR placed a great emphasis on training high quality primary care physicians (possibly in part to compensate for the sorry state of their medical and pharmaceutical technology), and they - as doctors - were pretty high quality, on average. As an example, pretty much 100% of USSR immigrants in US I know prefer ex-soviet PCPs (totally not due to language - this is true even for those who only use English when talking to the doctor, and ONLY true for PCPs, not specialist docs).
Mar
26
comment What were the reasons for the Renaissance / scientific revolution in Europe?
@JimThio - that's very inaccurate. Given the reloading speed of cannons at the time, they couldn't possibly fight against cavalry without their own cavalry and infantry screening them. This had nothing to do with either leaderhip, OR China specifically.
Mar
26
comment Which European countries did not have a revolution in the aftermath of the French Revolution and why?
@sbi - or, as Lenin pithily put it in 1913, the cause of a revolution is "when the tops can't, the bottoms won't". I should probably translate it so it doesn't sound like BDSM manual though :)
Mar
25
comment Was the N.E.P. of Russia successful in terms of economics?
-1 - without specifying what you mean by "successful", both "yes" and "no" answers may easily argued for depending on your definition of success. It could be a good question if you propose a specific metrics to evaluate against and ask if that metrics was achieved instead.
Mar
24
comment How has enforcement of the USA-Mexico border changed over time?
In addition, the same system is in place in most other non-USA countries. Notably, legally immigrating to Mexico is generally considered to be harder than to USA.
Mar
24
comment How has enforcement of the USA-Mexico border changed over time?
"If a person from Mexico wishes to permanently relocate to the USA, he is effectively prohibited from doing so..." - that's true for people from ALL countries, not just Mexico.
Mar
24
comment Were there any battles in Continental Europe that were decided by “peasants with pitchforks?”
My main difficulty is in finding resources detailed enough to distinguish between things done by peasants vs. kossaks vs. Bashkirs