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


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comment Why are modern tanks regiments called cavalry?
Simplistic and lacking in sources.
3h
comment Why are modern tanks regiments called cavalry?
Question needs improvement. Its assumption that tank regiments are called cavalry is to a significant extent wrong in relation to UK's 1 & 2 Royal Tank Regiments which lack "cavalry tradition." Australia makes a similar distinction army.gov.au/Who-we-are/Corps/… with "cavalry" being used for armoured scouting units, and "armour" used to describe tanks, and "light horse" describing motorised and mechanised infantry. "Its complicated."
Mar
19
comment Are there instances where collective farming has actually brought benefit to the population
@RazieMah Both the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China were heavily classed systems. I'm not sure of your point. Your failure to gesture at the theory informing your opinion of what "is" and "isn't" collectivisation leaves the term open. I believe it can apply to feudal production relations where distribution is relatively more vigorous, like monastery or waste strip farming which I'm sufficiently familiar to comment on. There is no "pure" social formation.
Mar
18
comment Are there instances where collective farming has actually brought benefit to the population
Hammond & Hammond are pretty adequate for my second paragraph. The first can be found in the research project around Posten into Saxon and Norman land use; excepting the monasteries, which is patently obvious from resistance to Henry VIII.
Mar
16
comment Mouse as an Ancient Remedy - Official Critique
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a source request. A kind of question explicitly excluded by the rules for this stackexchange.
Mar
14
comment In WWII, why did people not run away from executions?
One argument is that the required character of resistance was rare: Defiance (film); Primo Levi If not now, when? Though given Levi's novel was from 1986, I'd suggest its more likely to be about Italian revolutionary politics in the 1970s. The same question applies to Soviet POWs being starved to death in 1941.
Mar
10
comment Did any other countries try to breed a race out like what happened in Australia?
Given the high level of commentary interest, and rapid commentary, and the politicised nature of this historical issue, I have protected the question.
Mar
4
comment Roman navy propelled by animals instead of human rowers?
This is very close to a close for speculation.
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
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
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
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
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.