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Jan
14
comment Why does the monarchy of Belgium still exist after Leopold 2?
@soliloquyy Thank you for the info. I have rephrased a sentence in the post. But sorry, even such autocratic monarch as Russians ones were not dictators. There were some laws above them. (about marriage or throne heirs, for example) So, they were not dictators, as I see it.
Jan
14
comment Why does the monarchy of Belgium still exist after Leopold 2?
@FelixGoldberg From my school program I remember a witness description of mass murder of a whole village in Vietnam about at 1860-ties. And German genocide of some african ethnics. (Herero and Hottentots). And what about Indian wars in USA? With the use of biological weapons?
Jan
14
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Jan
14
answered Why does the monarchy of Belgium still exist after Leopold 2?
Jan
14
comment Why does the monarchy of Belgium still exist after Leopold 2?
I think, it is very hard to guess the correct numbers in these situations. These guys didn't like the correct statistics for their crimes. But I do remember the info on Leopold II's genocide in Belgian Congo in our history books at school.
Jan
9
comment Why didn't the silk road run north of the Black Sea?
Marco Polo returned by Silk Way to Cafa. From the North of the Black Sea :-)
Jan
9
comment Why didn't the silk road run north of the Black Sea?
Are you sure that these cities can explain the placing of the Silk Way? Maybe on the contrary, there were cities because of the existence of the Silk Way? And so, they can't explain the placing? After Vasco de Gama both way and cities degenerated fast enough.
Jan
9
comment Historical examples of significant no man's lands between states in perpetual conflict
@RISwampYankee try to look for the info on Ivan the Terrible and Crimean Tartars - you will get the info on these conflicts. The Wild Fields themselves were empty these times and so there are no much information on them
Jan
9
answered How common are major cities not built by abundant water?
Jan
9
comment How many hours per day did a Sumerian farmer sleep?
@defaultlocale Yes. In Russia before electric lightning, woman massively spinned during the dark time. It doesn't take much light.
Jan
9
answered Historical examples of significant no man's lands between states in perpetual conflict
Jan
9
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Jan
9
answered Why didn't the silk road run north of the Black Sea?
Jan
1
comment Are there any communist leaders without a record of acts we consider as a crime (against humanity)?
@astabada And? Where is equality between Marx and Lenin? Or for you, Nizsche should really answer for Hitler's crimes?
Jan
1
comment Are there any communist leaders without a record of acts we consider as a crime (against humanity)?
@astabada "The only practic crimes they did were these of Engels as usual capitalist of those days and Marx, when he sometimes published articles of Engels as own works" Where had I compared Lenin and Marx? Your text is a standard commi lie, nothing more.
Dec
29
answered How many Russian people did Tsar Ivan IV (“the Terrible”) kill?
Dec
29
comment How many Russian people did Tsar Ivan IV (“the Terrible”) kill?
bibliotekar.ru/istoriya/117.htm - 7 mln up to the end of the century, hist1.narod.ru/Science/Russia/Crisis.htm - 9 mln at the middle of the century. The last work names one more explanation - limit of the usable natural resources.
Dec
27
comment How many Russian people did Tsar Ivan IV (“the Terrible”) kill?
@spyder 1. I had not said that I believe in these numbers. I have said that these numbers are not contradictory. 2. Your numbers have a bit narrow span - I would say rather 5.5-9 mil. 3. Yes, most of specialists insist that the population of Russia during Ivan The Terrible years became about 1/5 smaller, simultaneously with huge increasing of the territory. They only can't decide what was the main reason of mass deaths - epidemies, killings and enslaving by Tartars, or killings by tsar. And this problem cannot be solved here.
Dec
26
comment What is the purpose of the bridge to the Russkiy island?
+1. I think that the reason was to have one more possibility to steal several billions of dollars.
Dec
26
comment Why did the USSR give Crimea to Ukraine?
@T.E.D. Absolutely true. I had very close friends in Ukraine in 86-91 years. They were members of the nationalistic movement in the western Ukraine - the centre of the Ukrainian nationalism. And having anti-SSSR views I said they should look for independence. And they argued, they didn't expected or even waited for any independence except some more cultural autonomy.