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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
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
Mar
24
comment Were there any battles in Continental Europe that were decided by “peasants with pitchforks?”
@TomAu - does this qualify as "winning a battle"? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kazan_%281774%29. They won against the original force, but lost against the reinforcements.
Mar
23
comment Were there any battles in Continental Europe that were decided by “peasants with pitchforks?”
Does Pugachyov's uprising in Russia fit your bill? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pugachev%27s_Rebellion. Also, I seem to recall a bunch of peasants fighting against Poles for Minin/Pozharsky; and against Napoleon in 1812, but would need to dig deep for specific references... it's been a while.
Mar
23
comment When did the incident happen when bounty on rats led people to farm rats?
@DarekWędrychowski - better?
Mar
23
comment When did the incident happen when bounty on rats led people to farm rats?
BTW, this was very eloquently covered in "Freakonomics" podcast couple of months ago, with many other examples of Cobra effect (including, very recently, in USA with opigs on military base :)
Mar
23
comment Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
@choster - Tell that last one to Putin :)
Mar
23
comment What was the practical reason for East Germany to reunify with West Germany?
Reason for whom? East Germans? West Germans? Soviets?
Mar
23
comment Did Gorbachev say that his intention was to destroy Communism?
Of course Gorbie would tell the westerners who he wanted money and help from that he was against Socialism. It's called being a politician. You tell your audience what they want to hear and believe. That has no bearing on whether he was or wasn't.