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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.
Mar
23
comment Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
I don't think Nobel Prize winners (especially in Literature) are a good way to measure power :) Also, GDP is not a good way to measure power of USSR vs. RF, since the changes in GDP likely had more to do with non-breakup issues.
Mar
22
comment Why did Alexander found or rename a number of places after himself?
@coleopterist - don't have good sources at the moment, sorry. Will try later
Mar
22
comment Why did Alexander found or rename a number of places after himself?
1. Alexander was convinced that he was a deity (son of Zeus/Amon). 2. All autocrats are prone to that (Stalingrad, Leninsk, etc...). Alexander was just more extreme about it due to the god delusions.
Mar
22
comment What cultures did, or do, perform human sacrifice on a regular basis?
"ancient jewish culture" - do you mean pre-Abraham? Because technically speaking, he is the first original Jew.
Mar
22
comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
"democracy would have came before deposit-ism or monarchical rule." - which is EXACTLY what happened. Primitive hunter gatherers were significantly MORE egalitarian than most of "democracies" of recorded human history, for a simple and expedient reason that if you aren't advanced enough to have surplus of resources at all, your society can't afford a dedicated "king" who doesn't produce resources and merely uses the surplus. "Germs, Guns and Steel" touches on that to an extent if you haven't read it.
Mar
20
comment Was Swedish king Charles X Gustav's horse killed during Siege of Kraków (1655)?
Good question, but why add the picture? It doesn't seem to add any useful context/info to the question. (this was discussed on SFF.meta a while back, BTW)
Mar
20
comment To what can we trace the idea of “civic responsibility”?
"monopolised by the bourgeoisie" - woe to Louis XIV!
Mar
20
comment What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
@T.E.D. - I view it more as law enforcement than finance. You aren't getting paid for financial acumen, you're getting paid for shaking down someone. You're getting paid for being a hired thug, not for anything finance related. Another close analogy: someone working in bill collection agency. They aren't in "finance" despite their job involving money.
Mar
19
comment What incentives are in place for American soldiers to go fight in Iraq?
,,, especially compared to amount of deaths during same time on the streets of Chicago
Mar
19
comment What incentives are in place for American soldiers to go fight in Iraq?
@Rodrigo you are confusing "Merchant marine" - who are sailors - with US Marine Corps (who are largely - though not entirely - infantry who are deployed via shipborne lift). This stems from the fact that both words have the same original Latin root "mare" (via old French) meaning "sea". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine
Mar
18
comment How would Eastern European emigres have traveled across Eastern Europe to Warsaw in the early 20thC?
+1, especially for "different breadth of rails". Railway gauge (which I believe is the technical term in English) differences is a factor that not many people are aware of.
Mar
18
comment How would Eastern European emigres have traveled across Eastern Europe to Warsaw in the early 20thC?
s/Gdanks/Gdansk/
Mar
18
comment Why did the Germans fall behind the Americans in the development of the atomic bomb after an initial lead?
There were plenty of non-Jewish scientists working on nukes.