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


Mar
3
comment How did the human capacity to manipulate the physical and social world change in Europe between 1400 to 1700?
Counterfactuals are generally an indication of lazy problem specification. Compare the poorly specified "Great Divergence" with the well specified "Needham Question". Needham resulted in 28 book length parts of Science and Civilisation in China. The Great Divergence resulted in a bunch of curiously argued single author monographs. Needham asked, "What was Chinese economics, sociology, knowledge and material culture?" The Great Divergence asked, "Why isn't China 'The West'?" Counterfactuals should rarely be tolerated.
Mar
3
comment How did the human capacity to manipulate the physical and social world change in Europe between 1400 to 1700?
Fixed the progress problem for you. Fixed the unanswerable problem for you. Had to limit it to Europe to make it answerable. (Other questions in relation to China or India would be possible)
Mar
3
revised How did the human capacity to manipulate the physical and social world change in Europe between 1400 to 1700?
added 460 characters in body; edited title
Mar
3
comment What was the fighting style & equipment of troops in Eastern Europe & the Baltics in the 13th Century?
This question appears to be off-topic because it lacks sufficient precision to be answerable.
Feb
27
comment Was the penal system used to colonise Australia?
There's an extensive historiography on whether Australia was intended to be colonised at all (Ford, L. (2010) Settler Sovereignty comes quickly to mind as something recent in the terrain.)
Feb
27
comment Was the penal system used to colonise Australia?
Could be improved by being sourced.
Feb
25
awarded  Revival
Feb
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on vexillology tag wiki excerpt
Feb
24
comment What major approaches to “class” as a theoretical category do historians commonly use?
Good comment. Wikipedia's article doesn't reflect historiographical uses; is reductionist; generalist; fails to adhere to high quality sources (and thus doesn't meet its own NPOV policy); suffers from NPOV policy; and, going back to the first point, doesn't draw out the peculiarly historical uses of class. I think there's space for this answer largely due to the appalling quality of wikipedia's answer, and wikipedia's inability to write answers on humanities and social sciences theoretical topics at high quality.
Feb
24
comment Who did the middle class in ca. 1850- ca. 1900 France constitute of?
This question history.stackexchange.com/questions/11814/… may be of use (eventually). Please help me make it a better question if you have an interest.
Feb
24
asked What major approaches to “class” as a theoretical category do historians commonly use?
Feb
23
comment Who did the middle class in ca. 1850- ca. 1900 France constitute of?
My reading of Bourdieu is that the $100/h as economic capital would allow the owner to actualise their social and cultural capital[*1] in their "taste" or "distinction" for their sub-fraction of the bourgeoisie generally. To wear white collar shirts ironed clean and frogged, black suit in current style, to keep a dependent wife in finery. Incomes and occupations actualise distinction and taste, as does culture and social place. So someone on $20/h could express the same place as the owner, or an alternate "middle class" fraction; or not. *1= Bourdieu's use of "capital" is atypical here.
Feb
23
comment Who did the middle class in ca. 1850- ca. 1900 France constitute of?
Thanks! "Class" is unfortunately a big powerful tool that is often hidden beneath multiple incompatible theories, and "narrative." Gives me an idea of a question, actually.
Feb
23
comment Who did the middle class in ca. 1850- ca. 1900 France constitute of?
I'd suggest trying to find University course guides for the object of your interest, and look at their reading list. University textbooks should be superior to high school textbooks (if still radically deficient). After that, look for the "monographs," the single author research books in the reading list. For example, if you were interested in the English Working Class I'd probably suggest Hammond & Hammond's Town Labourer or Engels English Working Class in 1844 or E.P. Thompson's Making. These should appear in a reading list on UK industrialisation.
Feb
23
answered Who did the middle class in ca. 1850- ca. 1900 France constitute of?
Feb
23
comment Who did the middle class in ca. 1850- ca. 1900 France constitute of?
@Ovi might, for example, try reading for the point at which "class" is introduced, search "class" in the index, or quote small portions of the text where class is discussed to help us. Answers will be wildly different depending on which schema of class is in use.
Feb
22
comment Who did the middle class in ca. 1850- ca. 1900 France constitute of?
As there's no way to know which system of classes is under discussion from the question, the question is currently unanswereable. Your book should make clear from its own wording what it means, if it doesn't, I would suggest your book is junk.
Feb
22
reviewed Reject suggested edit on U.S. Marine Corps and Why does the Navy’s army need its own air force?
Feb
22
answered When has serious unemployment among educated young populations not led to revolution or war?
Feb
20
comment Was the take off of neural computing research in the 80's due to Japan?
As I've previously said, this question goes to the reason a research programme was launched in a computer science discipline. Until HPS/STS scholars get around to historicising computing research funding in the US in the 1980s this question won't be answerable historically. Trivial searches indicate this hasn't yet happened. However, as the question goes to a disciplinary question in a computing science field, you will almost certainly get results there. As such, this question cannot be answered historically.