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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)
Jul
23
comment Are there any good examples in earth history of two religions co-existing?
@Zither13 - Because people tend to genuinely want to convert, at times. You want to get married to someone of different faith. They are a dominant military power around and you feel your deity abandoned you and theirs works. You are spiritually unfulfilled and the other faith works better for you. Gazillion other reasons.
Jul
17
comment Are there any good examples in earth history of two religions co-existing?
@PieterGeerkens - nope. The prohibition on prozelytizing was always there. The only "expansionism" was national, not religious (e.g. "make the kingdom bigger", not "increase # of adherents by conquering them")
Jul
14
comment Are there any good examples in earth history of two religions co-existing?
Additionally, Sikhist adherents (monotheism) and Hindu. On some level you might throw British Empire in there, as AFAIK any conflicts against British were nationalism based and not religious, but I'm not certain of the latter.
Jul
14
comment Are there any good examples in earth history of two religions co-existing?
Roman republic didn't have monotheism (and as you said, Christians WERE persecuted). Polish didn't tolerate pagans, or even have any at that point for that matter. Lithuania is an intriguing example, however.
Jul
14
comment Are there any good examples in earth history of two religions co-existing?
Actually, for that matter, unless I mis-interpreted answers to this question on Bud.SE, you can't even really call Buddhism "polytheistic", never mind monotheistic, as a belief in a deity is absent from core tenets.
Jul
13
comment Are there any good examples in earth history of two religions co-existing?
Another example would be Armenia (which existed as a Christian nation since 301AD and was predominantely Zoroastrian - which is pretty monotheistic for my taste - for a while before then); and any of the numerous pagans both in and around Armenia.
Jul
13
comment Are there any good examples in earth history of two religions co-existing?
I won't provide an answer (since the question is IMHO offtopic), but presumably, pagan religions in Siberia and Russian Orthodox Church might fit the bill during Russian Empire's Eastern expansion. Another example would be Mongols and any Christian territory ruled by them - such as Russia. While there was, of course, conflict, it was NOT in any way, shape or form of a religious nature, but pure geopolitics.
Jul
13
comment Are there any good examples in earth history of two religions co-existing?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it should be migrated to History.SE
Jul
13
comment Are there any good examples in earth history of two religions co-existing?
Does Buddhism fit "expansionist" and "Hierarchical (single leader atop the organization)"?
Jul
6
comment Why was cricket's popularity in USA a casualty of Civil War?
" his negligee shirt, his white trousers, his gorgeous hosiery" - that sounds like low quality porn film attire than sports uniform :)
Apr
14
comment Why hire Hessian troops?
I'm amazed that such a highly upvoted answer talks about small size without mentioning pre-Napoleonic Ancien Régime army sizes in general
Apr
14
comment Examples of wars without power as a motive
WWI wasn't so much about nobody wanted or not wanted the war, it was about "Germans couldn't afford to shoot second, so they HAD to shoot first" (basically, to pre-empt Russian mobilization and entry into Eastern front before Germany knocked out France).
Apr
14
comment Why didn't Marathas rule Delhi officially?
I don't have an expert historical answer, but this week's Stratfor analysis ("American Empire") called it out very explicitly: many rulers that conquered and relied on direct military rule, lost out quickly. Those that ruled by suborning local power elites to be their agents (Rome, Britain), lasted. Perhaps Marathas figured this out?
Apr
14
comment Did Hongwu Emperor flay 5000 women, and why?
@Anixx - Both, actually - depends on the context :). Flagellation is a very frequent method of achieving that result, therefore people frequently use the term " flay" specifically to refer to whipping until skin is removed (it's the third of 3 meanings in thesaurus). But the original meaning is any skin removal, by any method.
Apr
7
comment What was the first successful mass tank battle of WW1?
@Oldcat - if you never had 50 tanks advance on you, it may not seem like "mass".
Mar
12
comment What are the historical reasons for religious and political negative attitudes towards homosexuality?
@CGCampbell - I think young warriors were also fair game