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


Nov
15
comment Were new forms of communication and media usually condemned similar to how television/video games are now?
I'm not sure this question is historically answerable but it seems to hide a historically answerable question. It may be aided by specifying specific new media forms. I'd recommend newspapers, wood block prints, broadsheets and film.
Nov
14
comment What was the purpose of Nazi extermination camps?
I'm not an intentionalist relying on a "plan," "In all instances, policy and execution evolved in relation to the concrete situation."
Nov
10
comment What was the ideological and philosophical underpinnings of World War II?
That would depend on how seriously one takes one's Marxism, and, on the matter of "Imperialism" one's reading of Lenin; or, whether one is willing to throw a bedcover over the mess during inspections.
Nov
10
comment What was the ideological and philosophical underpinnings of World War II?
Given my answer which could reasonably be interpreted to be snide I am reluctant to edit the tags to add "world-systems-theory", as such an edit could be viewed as unconstructive or a conflict of interests.
Nov
10
comment What was the ideological and philosophical underpinnings of World War II?
Questions at a certain level of abstraction get answers at a certain level of abstraction.
Nov
9
comment Impact of the Berlin Wall to GDR
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a counterfactual. Rephrased regarding the purposive nature (social, political, urban) of the wall it may be on topic.
Nov
6
comment What was the character of the Sylva Sylvarum that differentiated it from previous works?
"We can have misinterpreted the mechanism that caused the phenomena of which we made observations, but there exists an immutability to 'the things' that drove/underlaid the occurrences." I still have to recommend more, much more, philosophy of science. It isn't a wrong conception, but it isn't a conception that can be demonstrated to be correct.
Nov
5
comment What was the character of the Sylva Sylvarum that differentiated it from previous works?
"Science (as we think of it today), and knowledge in general, doesn't change." I commend to you the works of Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos and Feyerabend as a start on disabusing you of this assumption.
Nov
5
comment What are the oldest primary sources of recorded history in china?
Primary source is a term describing the relation of the historian to the source. Historians generally only have access to existent copies, even in my relatively modern work (1950s) I'm mostly looking at yellow red or blue carbons.
Nov
5
comment Are there any extant original first-century manuscripts of any of Josephus' works?
On reflection, good migration. Fundamentally a question about source provenance of a historical source.
Nov
2
comment What were the cultures of peasants in China during the Hundred Schools period (600-221BCE)?
I'll split this and leave this particular question as the question on marriage customs for @Semaphore answering.
Nov
2
comment When did waving become a part of human interaction?
Per meta we are experimenting with answering historically unanswerable questions as unanswerable. As the question has changed I will be deleting this answer within a couple of days.
Nov
2
comment Are there historical sources from Chinese travelers about Europe?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is an open ended source request.
Oct
29
comment What mechanisms made Stalinism triumphant in Russia?
Too many questions, needs to be split.
Oct
26
comment What race were the invading Turkish armies of Anatolia?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a request for pseudo-science.
Oct
25
comment What is it called when a Corporation purchases the rights to something to prevent it's production, to increase profit
Suggested migration to politics.se, as they're willing to cover non-historical macro economics.
Oct
23
comment The land of gold described in Genesis
This answer seems to answer the mythological question "Where is Havilah?" Not suited to this board. It does not answer the historical question, "Did people conduct expeditions to locate this mythic land?" Compare: "Where is Atlantis" to "What expeditions have people made to locate Atlantis".
Oct
23
comment The land of gold described in Genesis
This looks answerable historically: it is about the reception of the text by historically knowable groups.
Oct
22
comment What was the average percentage of taxes in Europe during the Middle Ages?
I disagree strongly with your inflation's validity, but appreciate that you argued why you were using that inflation.
Oct
22
comment What was the average percentage of taxes in Europe during the Middle Ages?
A gentle reminder that duties, tithes and rents ought to be considered alongside "taxes." There was no uncomplicated method of extracting from peasants or the third estate more broadly.