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Nov
27
comment How did Greece avoid the Soviet sphere of influence?
For Yugoslavia and Albania, as much as it is questionable if they were a part of Eastern Bloc (after, respectively, 1948 and 1961), they surely weren't under USSR command like the rest. Nice overview of Soviet political progress: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Bloc
Nov
25
reviewed Reviewed Writing month with roman numbers
Nov
25
comment How many people were affected by the Golodomor [Famine-Genocide in Ukraine]
OP asked about two things: the numbers and the sources. What question was on your mind when answering?
Nov
24
comment How was Israel able to build a powerful military within days of the formation of the state?
"The Battle" of Tel Hai in 1920 is a peculiar choice of wording: 8 killed vs 5 killed... Thus decisive Arab victory! No kidding, everything is in Wikipedia.
Nov
24
comment What was the societal wealth demographics when the major pyramids were built?
Having great capital leads to having greater capital (hence "capitalism"). But even 500 years ago the positive feedback loop of capital was of no importance whatsoever. It was important to have much land, vasals, and army. If you had money, great, but it didn't led you to have even more money; you had the money so you spent it and had less.
Nov
23
comment What was the worst economic crisis of all times?
+1 Great chart.
Nov
22
comment Did the communication lag become a problem for the ever expanding Roman Empire?
The cursus publicus was a direct predecessor of all modern Western mail, so it feels strange to describe it as "something analogous to US pony express". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail
Nov
22
comment What is so special about the location of Mexico City?
May be of some use: books.google.com/books?id=J_wzOoGtYQoC&pg=PA110
Nov
21
reviewed Reviewed If Bill Clinton was impeached, why did he finish up his second term
Nov
21
awarded  Custodian
Nov
21
reviewed Approve Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
Nov
20
comment How many people were affected by the Golodomor [Famine-Genocide in Ukraine]
@DVK In 6 popular transliteration standards (including Ukrainian's national), the "cold" is "kholod" or "cholod". Quite unlike usual Russian transliterations. There is only one standard (ISO 9) in which Ukrainian "cold" is "holod".
Nov
20
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
20
comment Credibility of “Mao: The Unknown Story”
As much as I do like to read biased books (who doesn't), I only try to mention/cite/recall them where the neutrality is not very important; mostly in small talk. In general, it doesn't matter if a book is properly (or even magnificently) sourced: it is not a reliable source if it is biased. I treat such books as fun reads, collections of dubious anecdotes, and bibliographies of candidates for primary sources (candidates that need re-verification). Inherently, the less a book is scientific, the more it is entertaining. Secondary source is really dull if it's properly written.
Nov
20
revised Credibility of “Mao: The Unknown Story”
fix ambivalency
Nov
20
reviewed Leave Open Underground Tunnels in New York City and Boston
Nov
20
comment No speed limit on German highways - why?
This answer is as good when I substitute "French" for "German".
Nov
19
awarded  Student
Nov
19
awarded  Excavator
Nov
19
revised Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
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