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comment How is it known that Xenophon saw the ruins of Nineveh?
@Matt - It says that he saw it in Wikipedia, a bunch of Google hits when I researched this, and at least 2 distinct pop history sources I'm aware of. Seems to be enough to judge "common acceptance" :)
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comment How is it known that Xenophon saw the ruins of Nineveh?
The question came while listening to "History on Fire" podcast.
Jan
10
comment Why did Stalin push for the Great Purge against the Red Army in 1936?
@user907860 - It's not about military talent, it's about being famous and having followers. Tukhachevsky had both. Perception is far more important than reality in politics (If Stalin needed to eliminate the most competent brass, he definitely wouldn't have left Zhukov and some of the others alive)
Jan
10
comment Why did Stalin push for the Great Purge against the Red Army in 1936?
I'm quite surprised nobody talked about historical precedences. Stalin knew perfectly well that the main challange to the power of the absolute ruler came from within armed forces, and usually someone who's gloried from battle (see ... well pretty much entire history of Rome :) So, removing the head of officer corps who earned military glory seems like an extremely logical step to prevent any challenges.
Jan
3
comment How frequently were heated metal torture implements used?
@PieterGeerkens - considering that I wasn't aware that the implements were used for medicinal purposes (or more accurately, didn't think of that), I would accept an answer proving that THAT was the most used purpose of this. However, in spirit, the answer is about actual torture or threat of it by applying heated implements.
Jan
2
comment How frequently were heated metal torture implements used?
@KillingTime - You're quite right. That's one reason I left the timeframe open, so an answer can pick one where good sources/records are known on the topic.
Dec
16
comment What year or period do the clothes on Professor Binns ghost belong in?
Also, just to be clear, the question wasn't about Binns. It was about the cloths the picture depicts him wearing - which may very well be anachronistic to the story.
Dec
16
comment What year or period do the clothes on Professor Binns ghost belong in?
" We know that Binns was presen before Dumbledore's arrival" - how do we know that, please? Also, did they actually wear the split lapels? (i'm not sure of my fashion terminology) as early as 1750s?
Dec
16
comment What year or period do the clothes on Professor Binns ghost belong in?
@Semaphore - I've been punished for being too honest and presenting full context and motivations for asking before :) Nothing new :)
Dec
16
comment What year or period do the clothes on Professor Binns ghost belong in?
@Semaphore - But I'm not asking about "phantasy world". I'm asking "what real world style - by age - is this clothing modeled on". I'm pretty sure there's a defined perioed in history when this specific cut was worn by academics/teachers (or anyone).
Dec
16
comment What year or period do the clothes on Professor Binns ghost belong in?
@Semaphore - I saw those paintings circa 25 years ago. In offline museum, and paper books. Can't even remember what they were, never mind post them. Why are you so bound and determine to insist that the question is un-answerable before someone who's acually an expert on cloths in history has a chance to answer?
Dec
16
comment What year or period do the clothes on Professor Binns ghost belong in?
@Semaphore - the fact that I saw fairly similar cloths in paintings depicting real historical things before is how I know.
Dec
16
comment What year or period do the clothes on Professor Binns ghost belong in?
@T.E.D. - But my question isn't "what was the artist trying to depict?". It is "What period are those specific cloths depicted taken from - given the context of being a history professor in Britain". Presumably, people in those circles dressed differently in early 18th, late 18th and mid-19th century
Dec
16
comment What year or period do the clothes on Professor Binns ghost belong in?
@T.E.D. - i'm happy to add context, but how would determining what time period cloths belong to would be helped by knowing who created the picture or what the source is? I added what I think MAY be relevant (British professor, private boarding school)
Dec
15
comment What year or period do the clothes on Professor Binns ghost belong in?
@TheHonRose - the clothing depicted is real, on a real picture. It represents (or is based on, in the mind of the artist) a real historical clothing trend.
Oct
14
comment Challenges Margaret Thatcher faced as a woman?
I don't think this is too opinion based (unlike the closers), but I won't vote to re-open because it is also overly broad and imprecise. Pick up specific possible challenge and ask if it happened and what examples were.
Sep
11
comment Is this true that the Russian economy was efficient during war II?
... meaning that productivity improvements of USSR during WWII was due to draconian Stalinist incentives, NOT due to 'communist approach' as the OP's quote stated.
Sep
11
comment Is this true that the Russian economy was efficient during war II?
@Schwern - poor wording. I meant insanely more compared to what they would be under, say, Brezhnev 70s regime, not compared to Americans in WWII
Sep
11
comment Is this true that the Russian economy was efficient during war II?
Excellent answer, but one thing missing from the analysis is the methods for achieving productivity. E.g. the fact that Soviet workers were insanely more productive, among other things, because the alternative to poor work wasn't - as it was in US - "bad report from a supervisor" in best case and "being fired" at worst - it was "being sent to the front to die" at best and "being shot as saboteur and your family sent to labour camp as family of enemy of the state" at worst. Nothing concentrates the mind as wonderfully as the prospect of being hanged, to paraphrase.
Sep
10
comment Has a government ever been elected with the full 100% of the votes?
"As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?" - Tammany Hall boss William Marcy Tweed (also, see the likely-fabled "it only matters who counts the votes" pseudo-Stalin quote)