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Jun
23
comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
@FelixGoldberg I actually don't think I was criticising your answer, which on a more mature reflection I've changed my vote on. I'm glad you enjoyed Nove/Millar. Reading Conquest-era scholarship recently I came across the commutation of taxes on the peasantry in 1917-1921, which was exactly the social surplus that the resolution of the scissors crisis required, and exactly the right to leisure and self-control that the peasantry had won in 17-21 ( marxists.org/archive/strauss ) Strauss makes the good and obvious points about MTS as a failed repressive structure.
Jun
23
revised Is history always written by the victors?
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Jun
11
reviewed Close Absolute rulers who voluntarily resigned their power
Jun
11
reviewed Close Paradigm change in power: from military to economic in Europe
Jun
11
reviewed Close What does the case of Louis Napoleon tell us about the passport regime in 1830s Europe?
Jun
11
reviewed Leave Open What was the practical reason for East Germany to reunify with West Germany?
Jun
10
revised In exchange for forbidding strikes, did Napoleon guarantee high wages?
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Jun
9
reviewed Close How did modern border security and crossing bureaucracy develop?
Jun
9
revised What is the name of the theory that says an early discovery can stop technological development?
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Jun
3
comment The value of spice trade during the age of exploration
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because before a unified world system and productive capitalism questions about "relative worth" in today's terms are meaningless. Wage-price series don't exist before generalised wage labour, GDP has no meaning when "production" doesn't exist, prices relative to useful things ("gold") are meaningless because of the changing social use of gold and money.
Jun
3
revised Why was a convicted Nazi war criminal buried with military honours?
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May
30
reviewed Reviewed The average price of Škoda Favorit in Poland around 1991
May
28
reviewed Close Why was East Asia more religiously tolerant than Europe in medieval time?
May
27
comment What was the first broadcast television programme?
The most correct answer may hinge on theoretical definitions of "broadcast" and "television programme"
May
27
comment What was the political consciousness of a 15th century English peasant?
That'd be 16th century wouldn't it?
May
26
reviewed No Action Needed What is the earliest evidence of contact between Ireland and Egypt?
May
26
comment What was the political consciousness of a 15th century English peasant?
I suspect this is answerable given that we've got Lollardy and the revolt slightly later.
May
26
comment Estimating gross domestic product in ancient times
And theyŕe theoretically faecal.
May
26
comment Estimating gross domestic product in ancient times
GDP doesn't make sense outside of capitalism.
May
22
comment Did people use to marry much younger during the last millennium?
Too broad. I suggest you specify median age of marriage in southern England (good data sets).