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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
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.
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
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).
May
20
comment Why did wheat become the dominant food culture?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the question is both too broad and primarily opinion based. It asks for a hypothetical speculative comparison stripped of any historical content.
May
16
comment Why have some territorial annexations been rejected by the international community?
Your question needs to be a hell of a lot tighter and not ask "why" questions of states in general, since this requires a political theory in the form of political science. There are at least three questions in your examples, and post-UN is way too broad for a single question, let alone post-Westphalia.
May
16
comment History of scientific regression
This is a request for a list.
May
16
comment Noah Versus Utnapishtim
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because not history.
May
15
comment Would Plutarch be considered a historian by modern standards?
Feel free to provide your own answer. Mine's based on professional practice as I experience it.
May
15
comment Would Plutarch be considered a historian by modern standards?
@jamesqf there's a lot of professional credit for historians in detecting attempts to mislead or falsify on the part of other historians. Historiography as a social process of making ideas is quite doubtful of the ideas it produces.
May
15
comment What was Ghulam Ahmad's relationship with the British authorities in India?
>Does such evidence exist?
May
15
comment Employment statistics in Germany since mid-19th century
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is an open ended source request.
May
15
comment Historical African Demographic and Agriculture Data
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is an open ended source request.
May
15
comment What was Ghulam Ahmad's relationship with the British authorities in India?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because its a source request.
May
14
comment Historical Death Toll due to Disease
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a reference request.
May
14
comment How did messages in art, entertainment, etc. influence perception of Canada?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a source request.