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BA in History and Political Science; BS in Computer Science; JD


Aug
24
comment What legal or moral mechanism ensured Stalin's grip on power?
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Aug
24
comment What legal or moral mechanism ensured Stalin's grip on power?
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Aug
19
comment Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
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Jul
25
comment Counterfactual reasoning and analogical reasoning
To add to what @Mike said, another problem is that historians do not always know the bounds of the problem domain they are working with because it is nearly impossible to nail down all the inputs to a historical situation.
Jul
25
comment Has anyone ever been punished for Project MK-ULTRA?
This answer is long on conjecture and short on facts.
Jul
22
comment Did the Germans purposefully arrange to send Lenin to Russia to start a revolution?
@fdb very true, which is why I qualified the sentence to focus on ending Russian involvement in WWI.
Jun
25
comment A world in the moon?
This question seems slightly off. I think you need to anchor it more in historical belief maybe by rewording it.
Jun
20
comment Occupation of Iran in World War 2
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Jun
7
comment Why Russia didn't embrace Western culture and principles?
I believe the reference to Peter the Great that the OP was making was to Peter the Great's affinity for Enlightenment principles even if he did not fully put them into practice.
May
8
comment How did Nazi Germany finance itself during WW2?
You have not included quite a few steps necessary to support your position that money being a fiction allows Nazi Germany to finance themselves. I'm not saying you are right or wrong, but you need am much more fleshed out answer. Perhaps you could expand on the theoretical aspect of money (unit of account, store of value, medium of exchange), and how government control of the money supply would be important if you have to self-finance things as a government. Additionally, expand upon the monopoly on violence that a government wields.
Apr
10
comment How did the United States penal system evolve?
I think this could be an interesting question if you framed it more to focus on the historical issues at play, and if you chose either: 1) why the US has capital punishment, or 2) why the US has such a high prison population. The question in it's current form is not really workable.
Mar
31
comment During the Great Depression, roughly what proportion of Americans lived below the World Bank PPP $1.25/day poverty line?
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Mar
31
comment During the Great Depression, roughly what proportion of Americans lived below the World Bank PPP $1.25/day poverty line?
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Mar
22
comment Warship Identification Needed
Those are Ford Model Ts on the road next to the ship. I'm not sure what year they are, but they don't look like original ones, so you are probably looking at some time from the 20s - 30s I think.
Mar
22
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
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Jan
27
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@EmilioGort so in the picture you posted the man is holding up his ration card at a store where he can get the supplies he has been allocated. Is that correct?
Jan
27
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@EmilioGort will you please explain what is going on in the picture you posted? Thank you.
Dec
18
comment How were the borders of small European principalities maintained or secured?
this question is a bit broad as currently worded. can you focus it some? right now you are focused on territoriality, travel restrictions, and popular opinion.
Nov
21
comment Has a foreign power ever sought to compel another country to abide by international law by means of that country's internal judiciary?
fair enough, but the answer is still no. countries do not do that for the legal reasons laid out above. Well, let me be more precise. I know of no COMMON LAW countries that do that. I suppose CIVIL LAW countries may be different, but the principles of sovereignty are fairly uniform across civil and common law countries, and have been since the time of Grotius.
Nov
21
comment Has a foreign power ever sought to compel another country to abide by international law by means of that country's internal judiciary?
@LennartRegebro that doesn't change the analysis, or the answer. France has never sued the US in US courts to force the US to do something, etc.