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


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revised Did Ben Franklin actually make any tofu?
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Feb
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reviewed Close What is the history of Cartography?
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comment Was COMECON involved in economic imperialism and if so, to what extent?
On top of this was a layer of military imperialism, such as the Soviet control of Hungarian nuclear resources. This lay outside of COMECON or war repatriations, and did stunt growth. However, the failures of Stalinist concentration on heavy industry and forced destruction of productive small-producer dominated sectors and a poorly managed growth plan all were more important in the 1950s recession than military resource imperialism.
Jan
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comment Was COMECON involved in economic imperialism and if so, to what extent?
It is worth noting that some COMECON nations had multiple economic relationships with the Soviet Union. Hungary had normal COMECON relationships and pre-COMECON relationships, including the failed Hungarian/Yugoslav steel production plan. But Hungarian as a former Axis belligerent had specific war reparation obligations to the Soviet Union. Both Trianon revisionists and Hungarians generally considered these to be exploitative and to specifically stunt Hungarian growth. (I believe the destruction of handicraft, small agriculture; and, the 1951 recession were worse).
Jan
28
comment When did Australia declare war on Germany in WWII
Now that's impressive, and impressive research and reasoning, and bounty worthy (as soon as this question goes eligible). Australia never declared war independently upon Germany, but became independent for foreign policy purposes already at war with Germany.
Jan
28
accepted When did Australia declare war on Germany in WWII
Jan
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comment When did Australia declare war on Germany in WWII
The Australian government famously enjoys losing history wars with the scholarly public. I see no reason to reverse a hundred and seventy years of scholarly convention in favour of a state's preferred narrative.
Jan
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comment When did Australia declare war on Germany in WWII
Fails to show basic research regarding Australian sovereignty, independent foreign policy, and reading the question.
Jan
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asked When did Australia declare war on Germany in WWII
Jan
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why was France granted an equal status among victors of World War II?
Jan
16
comment How did the Soviets decide what to annex in WW2?
Regarding the second part, it is very unusual for Poles to beg to be incorporated into a state involving Russians when that state was widely recognised to be dominated by Russians. It shows the breadth of Stalinist type party opinion. Regarding the first, this is of course unfortunate, a fulsome archival history is what the archives themselves cry out for (at least these organisations made, kept and preserved their archives and will in time be known for exactly what they were).
Jan
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comment How did the Soviets decide what to annex in WW2?
Almost everything, given the CPSU(b) and the Soviet Union itself kept meticulous archival records of high committee discussions, and were document producing organisations. We know, for example, that there was internal debate within the Polish party over incorporation into the Soviet Union. You'd be looking for post-archival monographs and journal articles on the topic.
Jan
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reviewed Satisfactory Population disparities between New York City and Boston
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reviewed Needs Improvement What is the significance of roof charms outside of the Forbidden City?
Jan
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reviewed Needs Improvement When the term “president” was used the first time?
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reviewed Satisfactory How did the Dutch East India Company (VOC) have so much revenue when they only control small part of Indonesia?
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reviewed Needs Improvement How did ruffs become fashionable and then went out of fashion?
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reviewed Needs Improvement To what extent did the CPC avoid fighting with the Japanese?