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comment How far should I go back in Russian History in order to understand Communist Russia?
@DVK the numbers of the law enforcement (i.e. the police) today is far greater than during the whole Soviet period. The number of the law enforcement personnel per a unit of population in 2011 is twice greater than in 1953 (at the death of Stalin). They are also more heavily armed, that is they patrol the streets with submachineguns, which was impossible in the USSR (in the Brezhnev's times they usually even had no combat charges in their pistols).
Feb
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comment How far should I go back in Russian History in order to understand Communist Russia?
@DVK to start with, there was no "police" in the USSR, the police was abolished after 1918 and even the very word "police" became prejorative (there were numerous protests when the pro-western president Medvedev re-invented the word in 2011). This is because the Tsarist police was known for its brutality and because the word associated with the Nazi collaborationists. In Ukraine and Belarus there is still no "police".
Feb
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comment Was the ancient Roman King ( i.e. rex) elected for eight years?
@Felix Goldberg I have added some more reasoning from the same author (from a different article).
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answered Was the ancient Roman King ( i.e. rex) elected for eight years?
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comment How far should I go back in Russian History in order to understand Communist Russia?
Possibly you could also take a look at this question: history.stackexchange.com/questions/2354/… Regarding the book of "1984" I do not recommend making any conclusions on this book: it depicts a very untypical "police state". I cannot imagine anything close to it is reality (especially the quick-changing the propaganda and universally-accepted double-think). I think, it is a very artificial fictitious construction.
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answered Does (or did) any monarchy have a limited length of tenure?
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comment Does (or did) any monarchy have a limited length of tenure?
@Felix Goldberg, the Soviet Encyclopedia says it was a (military) dictatorship. The crown was not exclusive to the monarch in Rome: there was a civic crown (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civic_Crown) under the Republic. Also the dominate was not hereditary and the head of state was not single. Basically, not a single sign of a monarchy: no single ruler, no inheritance, limited term.
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comment Does (or did) any monarchy have a limited length of tenure?
@Felix Goldberg thanks, I fixed the term for Dominate.
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answered Does (or did) any monarchy have a limited length of tenure?
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comment Were Roman emperors officially considered kings of Egypt?
The linked Wikipedia article says "Subsequent Roman Emperors were accorded the title of Pharaoh, although exclusively while in Egypt. One Egyptian king-list lists the Roman Emperors as Pharaohs up to and including Decius." So they were considered pharaohs in Egypt?
Feb
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comment To what extent the Jewish theatre of the late Antiquity resembled the Greek one?
So what a performance was in the theater when the incident described in the film happened (such incident in fact took place)?
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comment Were Roman emperors officially considered kings of Egypt?
So the headdress of Augustus in this statue is just symbolic?