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revised Were there any attempts to assassinate Joseph Stalin?
elaboration and addition of Beria's claim to have murdered Stalin
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answered Were there any attempts to assassinate Joseph Stalin?
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comment In current times is it impossible to win a war if the people of invaded country are determined not to lose?
There is a logical problem to this question (although I realize this may be a translation error). A powerless country can never win any conflict, because they have no power. Its also a difficult question to answer because it really depends on the difference in power between the actors and a host of other factors. In general though, it certainly isn't an "if and only if" sort of situation, because it is certainly possible for a population to be fully committed to a war and still lose. Even occupied virtually indefinitely if the invader has the will and resources.
Apr
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comment In current times is it impossible to win a war if the people of invaded country are determined not to lose?
I agree with this, in Afghanistan and Iraq its more a case of "winning the war, and losing the occupation".
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Apr
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comment Has a book ever caused the ousting of a dictator?
However, as I argue above, no matter how powerful the emotional content or the level of insight it would be all for naught without the efforts of the abolitionists and the popular sentiment of the times (which was rapidly becoming more abolitionist). Had it been published say 25 or 50 years earlier there is a very good chance it would have very little impact. One could even argue that it is much less likely that Harriet Beecher Stowe would have been moved to write the book had she been born 25 to 50 years earlier.
Apr
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comment Resources on the History of African Civilization
little confused. Do you mean The Penguin Atlas of North AFRICAN History?
Apr
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comment Are there any communist leaders without a record of acts we consider as a crime (against humanity)?
There have been numerous communist and socialist parties with large followings, and a high degree of political power. Good examples include the CP's of India, Italy, and Japan (the latter of which was one of the few legitimate challengers to the generally inept liberal democratic party). It's difficult to provide any definitive statement about socialism overall as it has developed into many diverse and often contradictory currents resulting in a high degree of factionalism. You seem to be under the belief that state socialism is the only 'communism' there is.
Apr
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comment What was Lenin's major criticism of or differences with Marx?
@sbi Absolutely. I've been reading John Reed's "Ten Days that Shook the World", and he goes into great detail on the conflict between the mensheviks and so-called moderate socialists against the bolsheviks. This goes back to the concern of having to proceed through each "historical stage" as the former factions felt that Russia needed to complete a (bourg.) political revolution before proceeding to a (comm.)social revolution. Yet, in the face of the reactionary pressure on the Petrograd Soviet by the cadets, the mensheviks declared they would not support the former in repressing the latter.
Apr
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comment Are Americans More Obsessed With the Military Aspect of History? If so, why?
@sbi I would argue that most countries are not formed on genocide per se. Many are founded on war, and I would argue that the European settlers simply had such an advantage due to technology (and disease) to turn a territorial war into a genocide. While the settlers motive may not have been morally justified to many of us, it is unfortunately a common human impulse to consider one's own supposed cultural superiority to be justification for oppression and war.
Apr
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comment What happens after a widespread social chaos?
@Russell I don't see that in what I have written. I do mention the need for establishing a "system of just governance". What this means is entirely dependent on the specific political desires of a population. In the west (such as revolutionary France) political freedom is typically a central component of such desires. The point is less what type of government is formed but if it is responsive to the demands of its people.
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revised What was Lenin's major criticism of or differences with Marx?
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answered What were the operating principles of Japan's MITI during the 1950s and 60s?
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comment Has mercantilism ever been successful?
Your question seems to be coming from a very American perspective of economics, its particularly evident from the quote "An overwhelming majority of mainstream economists view trade restrictions as a net loss to society", in which you are noting a 2006 study from ONLY American economists. The truth is that this is not the predominant view of ALL economists and is mostly based on the very politicized cold war atmosphere that American economics developed in. I would note that US economists regularly ignore similar US manipulations of trade. I do appreciate that you are questioning this.
Apr
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comment How would slaves have addressed their masters in Ancient Greece?
Welcome to the site Onion. Great work on your first answer, but there are some points which might lead to improving your answer here. To go off what previous posters have noted there are differences between modern Greek and ancient Greek (I'm certainly not an expert on this, but I do believe the difference is quite vast). Is the reference you are using in the connotation of King? Also is the reference a modern Greek translation of the odyssey or an ancient writing (I also am not aware if there are any as I don't believe Homer wrote any of his works, although I could be wrong on this).
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accepted What was the response of the general Iranian public to the modernization policies of Reza Shah?