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comment Where can I find more information on the Katyn massacre?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a source request.
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comment How did Aristotle define Life using his elemental system?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a history and philosophy of science question and will be better suited to that stackexchange.
Apr
30
comment Borisov aktion of 23 July , 1941
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this looks like an open ended source request.
Apr
30
comment Did the British plan or try to kill Gandhi?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a counter factual. Correct by asking what the British policy towards controlling Indian civil disobediance was
Mar
30
comment Why did the Soviet Union's economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?
1914 Russian Empire is often used as a base rate to construct "illusory" growth. Given the different ruling class investment and consumption preferences, the radical changes in consumption, I'm not sure what a good relativity is though. Accurate coal tonnage produced and imported might be a relevant one? More trustworthy than the money-as-capital price series inside the Soviet Union.
Mar
30
comment Why did the Soviet Union's economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?
+1. I really doubt the claim about relative economic freedom. Gosplan still existed, and after 1957 the plans became less disconnected from reality. "Labour productivity" as bizarre as it may sound to some is more likely (Haraszti, A Worker in a Worker's State), largely in the erosion of secondary benefits for workers leading to more hours exerted towards plan. Combine this with the capital stock of 1914 finally being modernised by replacement and the growth is explicable. Between 1929 and 1945 "economic freedom" existed through universal management perogative, unbound by plan.
Mar
30
comment Why did the Soviet Union's economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?
There's plenty of dispute. Please cull your screed.
Mar
23
comment What is the historical basis for the Exodus?
I'm sorry that you seem to think that I have made a particular argument. There is analysis on this by moderns who claim to be historians: making such an analysis (imo) is unreasonable due to lack of sources. My argument has solely been that your question does not fit the history stackexchange as it is not using historical reasoning. A historically reasoned answer would rely not on attacking the story as "beggaring belief," but on attacking the story as being found only in limited texts, in fewer texts than you expect, in texts of questionable quality and distance from the fact.
Mar
23
comment What is the historical basis for the Exodus?
"Plain logic" is not an acceptable historical technique, largely because it is an invention of an individual's mind, and not the result of the careful analysis of the documentary records of the past.* Population movements were incredibly poorly recorded before modernity, and particularly earlier than 600BCE. Arguing that only one source attests this, and that the source was compiled around 600BCE is closer to historical reasoning. *(Though on stackexchange we generally prefer reasoning cemented in the textual analysis of historians' textual analysis of the documentary records of the past).
Mar
23
comment What is the historical basis for the Exodus?
This answer could be improved (to the minimum standard really required here) by using the methods of historical argumentation rather than argument from first principles.
Mar
23
comment What is the historical basis for the Exodus?
Seems to be a better match with biblical hermeneutics. The question identifies the limited textual basis for interrogating Exodus as history, a source basis that is too narrow to be sustainable. Additionally, the archaeology requires such detailed interpretation, and our current understanding of pre-Temple Judaism is indicative, that the text of Exodus is highly unlikely to match any actual people movements: archaeology can't provide a "second text" here. Can't be answered historically (imho). I also suspect the concept of "historicity" thrown about in this field is theoretically dodgy.
Mar
23
comment 1850s steel technology advance before the Bessemer converter
This also looks like a place to start in relation to steel volume and price: wiki: Crucible steel production in England given the scale up claimed
Mar
23
comment 1850s steel technology advance before the Bessemer converter
Provisional reading around the wikipedia indicates that pre-Bessemer processes weren't scalable in process: they were scaled by replication. Also this source may be of use: Landes, David The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present
Mar
23
comment 1850s steel technology advance before the Bessemer converter
Your chart isn't of the best use given part your question relates to price (or potentially value), and your chart relates to volume. I'm also suspicious of your assumption that changes in the technical relations of production necessarily resulted in increased production prior to Bessemer. Why not changes in the social relations of production: labour productivity and/or capitalisation under existing technical relations.
Mar
23
comment What did farmers/laborers use for boots before modern rubber existed?
The context in the question of the development of industry, modernity and modern farming techniques makes me sure in my selection of a class based definition specific to agricultures transformation into a modern industrial capitalist industry.
Mar
23
comment What did farmers/laborers use for boots before modern rubber existed?
There might be a very good question available in a late early modern European shoe debate.
Mar
23
comment What did farmers/laborers use for boots before modern rubber existed?
@PieterGeerkens While there's much to admire about restoring nascent Dutch agricultural capitalism to its proper place in historical narratives of capitalism, I went for the simplification (perhaps improperly). Regarding my interpretation of the hours, I should improve this answer to indicate that the list of responses are partial. Given my beliefs regarding the range of poverty amongst vagabonds, waste settlers / squatters and cotters I'd still stand by barefoot as an answer for some peasants as a standard year round state. I will be modifying my answer to take account.
Mar
16
comment What is the average price, in silver, for a loaf of bread through history?
1) It is obviously "all of it." 2) I have amended the answer. 3) A society where bread isn't consumed as a commodity won't have a stable price. Athens was always its hinterland, Rome was always the latifunda and Egyptian fields.
Feb
24
comment What was the prevalence of ethnic minorities in 15th century Bohemia?
Might want to rewrite to remove the anachronisms.
Feb
18
comment Did the USSR use trotskyism as a bogeyman in the post Stalin period?
Zinoviev was rehabilitated in the 1980s also: infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/… as was Kamenev: russiapedia.rt.com/prominent-russians/politics-and-society/… . Furr (2) claims Trotsky and Sedov alone were the keys not rehabilitated. ( clogic.eserver.org/2009/Furr.pdf ). There's a lot to doubt in Furr's analysis, but not in his sourced narratives.