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Dec
26
comment Status of merchants in feudal Europe
@Fitri merchants often traded over water paths, that way they often were subject to piracy. The protection could be by hired mercenaries or sailors; or the guards from the merchants' home city. Some cities had formidable armed forces and protected their convoys.
Dec
26
comment Is it true that medieval villages didn't have names?
About what country is the book?
Dec
26
answered Status of merchants in feudal Europe
Dec
26
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Dec
26
comment When and how did people begin to consider slavery immoral?
@Felix Goldberg rex was not hereditary, there were rules on how to choose him: election by the senate, then popular voting, then again senatorial law, enabling the powers. Also auspicies should be in favour of the candidature.
Dec
25
comment Why the USSR insisted on ban of the 1943 German film Munchhausen in Nuremberg?
At any rate the Soviets had negative attitude towards the Romanovs dynasty. If they had positive feelings, it only could be in regard of pre-Petrine tsars.
Dec
25
awarded  Civic Duty
Dec
25
comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
@DVK the US also considers itself a democracy...
Dec
25
comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
@DVK Lysenko formally considered himself a geneticist. It is thus wrong to think that genetics as a field of study was banned in the USSR.
Dec
24
comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
@Felix Goldberg, I believe that the reason why Vavilov was arrested just before the congress was the fear that he would make an anti-Soviet speech. It was based on a letter written by academician Isaac Prezent to Stalin where he alleged that Vavilov would use the genetics congress as a political tribune. The scientific views of Vavilov did not prevent him from becoming the head of the Soviet delegation and the planned chairman of the congress (which was to be conducted in Moscow).
Dec
24
comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
@Felix Goldberg officially Vavilov was charged in that he was one of the leaders of the counter-revolutionary anti-Soviet foreign-based "Labour Peasants' Party" and gave secret data to the White Russian organizations abroad. It is conjectured that the immediate cause of his arrest was the upcoming International Congress of Genetics where Vavilov should be the head of the Soviet delegation and the alleged information that he was planning to use this opportunity as a political tribune against the USSR.
Dec
24
comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
@Felix Goldberg I am answering your question - why Stalin choose Lysenko over Vavilov. Lysenko was the director of Institute of Genetics, if it was prohibited to work on genetics, he should be arrested the first. The idea that Lysenko activity harmed genetics arised post-factum when it became clear that Lysenko was not on the right side.
Dec
24
answered Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
Dec
24
comment Have there been any efforts by the countries of Europe to restore their monarchies?
@DVK lol you are quoting the opponent of the Eurasians who obviously misinterprets their ideology. He says "they support such and such absurd ideas, but we do not agree on this".
Dec
24
comment How did the Chinese Self-Criticism work in practice?
@Felix Goldberg A quote from Azerbaijani author from his 1996 book about the role of intelligentsia in ethnic conflicts: "Problems and conflict nodes both from the past and connected to modernity rise the role of national self-criticism, the sharpness of the reaction of national intelligentsia against those who advocate ideas of national superiority and cultivates hatred and suspicion towards other ethnicities" Here we see the intoleration of racist ideas by the national intelligentsia is viewed as an example of national self-criticism ebooks.preslib.az/pdfbooks/rubooks/mejotprob.pdf
Dec
24
comment How did the Chinese Self-Criticism work in practice?
@Felix Goldberg actually any change of policy could not be done without self-criticism. Is there another way without changing the leadership?
Dec
24
comment Have there been any efforts by the countries of Europe to restore their monarchies?
@Felix Goldberg Yes, there are "Eurasians", I never said that they do not exist. I am aware of them. Eurasians do not counterposit themselves to Europe, they counterposit "Continental", "tellurocratic" culture to "Atlantic", "talassocratic" culture. This mostly means opposition to the Anglo-Saxons, the US and Britain. They advocate the friendship between the (continental) European peoples (to which they think Russia belongs) and those of Central and East Asia such as China, Iran, Kazakhstan.
Dec
24
comment Have there been any efforts by the countries of Europe to restore their monarchies?
@Felix Goldberg we discussed modern parties as pointed DVK, did not we? Regarding Block, his poem "Scythians" for sure was a metaphor (for example, it is quite known and was known to Block that Slavs had no relation to Scypheans). I do not know what quote from Pushkin are you referring to.
Dec
24
comment How did the Chinese Self-Criticism work in practice?
@Felix Goldberg of what exactly?
Dec
24
comment How did the Chinese Self-Criticism work in practice?
@Felix Goldberg I explain what was in practice. Do you know better?