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I do labour history, wikipedia and cow clickers. I also do "internet culture."


Oct
17
comment The Needham Question: What stunted China's technological and proto-scientific advancement?
Thankfully on this point, we have scholarly speculation on the counter-factual (much of the speculation is, "This is like asking why your name isn't on page 3 of the newspaper.") So it is well answerable from fixed scholarly opinion!
Oct
17
comment The Needham Question: What stunted China's technological and proto-scientific advancement?
Clarified. First time we've actually had the Needham question proper put.
Oct
17
revised The Needham Question: What stunted China's technological and proto-scientific advancement?
needham question
Oct
17
revised The Needham Question: What stunted China's technological and proto-scientific advancement?
needham question
Oct
17
comment What was the Nove / Millar debate, how is it important to the historiography of the Soviet Union?
Even if I can, I like to give other people the first shot. Plus I'd want to look up a few papers that I don't quite have time for yet. It'll be answered ;)
Oct
16
asked What was the Nove / Millar debate, how is it important to the historiography of the Soviet Union?
Oct
16
comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
Most of the answers here seem uninformed by the Nove/Millar debate. ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/27065/… public.econ.duke.edu/webfiles/treml/millar-n.293
Oct
16
comment False notions regarding the Catholic Church in the Medieval Ages
This question appears to be off-topic because it is an ideological screed.
Oct
15
comment Was any Medieval state ever “partially” Roman Catholic?
I'm voting on a question, not a person, and I regularly change my votes on edited questions.
Oct
14
comment What was approximate Attila The Hun death toll?
It isn't merely that I don't know the answer: I know that this has no answer.
Oct
14
comment Was any Medieval state ever “partially” Roman Catholic?
Per Mark, the question is formed based on incorrect assumptions. Also there were multiple Papacies and repeated organised "heresy"ies.
Oct
14
comment What was approximate Attila The Hun death toll?
I am closing this as too broad as it is a question that cannot be answered by historical techniques. Recent major reports on preventable mass killing emphasise the triviality of numbers, and the field has turned towards analysis of individual massacre. An answer cannot be given to my best understanding of the discipline and expert activity in the area.
Oct
14
comment What is the current U.S. monetary standard?
Without wishing to expand a discussion, you might enjoy Dave Graeber's Debt about the role of "states" (repressive class apparatus) in forcing monetary relations in the long duration.
Oct
13
comment What is the current U.S. monetary standard?
The instruments of the US government would seem to be "assets" in some definition, and the latent threat of force of US arms backs that fiat. Needs more theoretical consideration.
Oct
13
comment What is the current U.S. monetary standard?
Care to define "value"? Marx has a sustained definition. I'm not aware of any other definition that's sustained in that way. (Kudos to the marginalists who decided to elide the problem of value and research their own issues btw.)
Oct
13
comment Keynesian economics during his era
IIRC "politics" se covers macro
Oct
13
revised Why is Toledo not the capital of Spain anymore?
edited tags
Oct
13
comment Why do (almost) all countries have a flag, coat of arms, anthem, national holiday etc.?
Seems to be a request for the history of nationalism.
Oct
12
reviewed Satisfactory Pre-WW2 location of Skalat
Oct
12
reviewed Needs Improvement Why did Central and South American nations participate in WWII?