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Apr
27
comment What treatment did Allied Jewish POWs get when captured by the Germans?
@HorusKol mitchellbard.com/articles/pows.html
Apr
25
comment Did the Germans have enough bombers to conduct “strategic” bombing of the Soviet Union?
I don't think "beyond" is a good word here.
Apr
9
comment Why were people from the Asian Steppes able to militarily dominate Europeans on a repeated basis?
"As Napoleon and Hitler showed, invading Asia from Europe was far more difficult" - when either Hitler or Napoleon were invading Asia?
Apr
9
comment What was the biggest cause of Holodomor?
Maybe this may help: history.stackexchange.com/a/5658/466
Apr
5
comment Were major foreign films allowed in the USSR?
Paradoxically, they bought movies from Socialist countries very rarely, more rarely than from Capitalist countries.
Apr
4
comment In post-WW2 Soviet Union, did most people have bank accounts?
@DrZ214 I have corrected the interest rate. It was actually 2% rather than 0.5%. Also there were fixed-term deposits with 3% interest.
Apr
4
comment In post-WW2 Soviet Union, did most people have bank accounts?
"the word "bank" was apparently missing" - formally they were a subsidiary of State Bank.
Apr
4
comment In post-WW2 Soviet Union, did most people have bank accounts?
@Matt in Russia "deposit" means an account opened for certain term, without ability to take partial sums before the end of the term. So no, these accounts were not deposit accounts.
Apr
4
comment In post-WW2 Soviet Union, did most people have bank accounts?
@Felix Goldberg what bank in Russia allows checks? I do not know any even today. It is totally American thing. Do you claim there are no bank accounts in modern Russia as well? Checks are simply not a thing existing in Russia. I ignored the part of the question about "checking accounts" because I simply do not know what it is.
Apr
2
comment In post-WW2 Soviet Union, did most people have bank accounts?
@DrZ214 No, there were no ATMs ever, and no plastic cards. All accounts were kept using the savings books. Since about 1970s they started to use printers to print the records in rather than writing with hand.
Apr
2
comment In post-WW2 Soviet Union, did most people have bank accounts?
@CGCampbell it is personal knowledge most relevant for Brezhnev times till late 1980s. But the system was mostly unchanged throughout the whole existence of the USSR, and moreover, it was inherited from Tsarist Russia. Sberkassa (now Sberbank) was instituted in 1841.
Mar
31
comment When did Greek historians stop believing Greek mythology to be historical fact?
@Alex give an example which would not be later in the text explained as a natural event or as a metaphor.
Mar
31
comment When did Greek historians stop believing Greek mythology to be historical fact?
@Felix Goldberg when Paris disappeared from the duel it is said he was covered by a goddess. But no one around saw any miracle, just the opposite, people started to search for him as if he fled, and indeed, it was later confirmed: he actually just fled and was inventing the excuses.
Mar
31
comment When did Greek historians stop believing Greek mythology to be historical fact?
@Felix Goldberg In a third case Athena speaks to the masses as a well-known general, occupying his body (one can say he was speaking so good as if Athena was occupying his body). Never the gods appear to the masses in their true look. They only speak to people privately as if they were their "inner voice".
Mar
31
comment When did Greek historians stop believing Greek mythology to be historical fact?
@Felix Goldberg I have read it and I can say that Homer carefully keeps people and gods separate from each other. In many cases it is transparent that "gods" are used as a metaphor. For instance, in the beginning it is said that Appollon attacked Greeks with his arrows, but immediately it is evident that an epidemic of a desease is meant. In another case Achilles is stopped by Athena when he wanted to kill Priam at a council. But Homer says she was visible and heard only by Achilles, so it is again a metaphor for self-constraining.
Mar
31
comment When did Greek historians stop believing Greek mythology to be historical fact?
In Iliad gods also do not directly interact with people. They either speak to people under false names (as known military leaders) or do things covertly or appear in dreams, or visible only to one of a group of people, or interact with each other etc. I think acting gods are a literary device in Homer.
Mar
6
comment Building a house in the middle age in europe (specifically germany)
Wrong, most people lived in wooden houses in Europe. Since prehistoric times. There is no suitable "mud" for construction in Europe.
Mar
6
comment Why was Apple not able to compete with Microsoft in the home PC market?
@jamesqf this is most likely because Windows is closed design while all supercomputers have unique architectures that need modification of the operating system. And also, licensing. Windows is licensed per processor, and some supercomputers have thousands of processors.
Mar
6
comment Why was Apple not able to compete with Microsoft in the home PC market?
@pugsville What functionality you mean is lacking in Windows that exists in Unix and do you mean Unix realizations like Linux are bug-free?
Mar
6
comment Why was Apple not able to compete with Microsoft in the home PC market?
Windows a toy compared to Unix? Are you joking?