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Feb
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comment When does a d.r.v. take a value very close to the mean?
@Suvrit Yes, sort of. These are the volumes of all $n \times k$ submatrices of a fixed $n \times m$ matrix.
Feb
25
asked When does a d.r.v. take a value very close to the mean?
Feb
25
comment When was the "New Kingdom" of Egypt first called that?
The fact that Reich is usually translated as Empire might complicate the issue a bit.
Feb
24
asked Who were these two conspirators against Titus?
Feb
23
asked Was it ever claimed by a scholar that the Byzantines intentionally missed the battle of Civitate?
Feb
23
comment To what extent was Prohibition supported by the American public?
One has to be very careful with Literary Digest polls - historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5168
Feb
23
reviewed Leave Open Did pirates really drink a lot of rum?
Feb
23
answered Why was the government expenditures of the Roman Empire very low compared to modern governments?
Feb
23
comment Why did the USSR preserve the national republics?
Theorized by whom? Do you have a reference for this theory of Stalin's intentions. I'd also suggest leaving Crimea out of it - as recent events have shown this is a highly politicized matter as to what exactly is its "culture" and what sort of "legitimate ties" it has with various countries. A look at the map at least shows that, if nothing else, it has territorial contiguity with Soviet Ukraine and not with Soviet Russia so the issue is far from as simple as you make it out to be. Otherwise, nice answer, +1.
Feb
23
revised How was Ivaylo's Bulgarian peasant army able to repel the Mongols?
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Feb
23
comment How big a factor was the failing economy to the downfall of the Roman Empire?
This is rather too summary a verdict - why exactly were the barbarian incursions so devastating in the 5th century? Recall that Rome took many blows (from barbarians and even more self-inflicted) in the 3rd century yet survived that crisis very much intact. The barbarian invasions/sacks/etc brought down (Western..) Rome because they contracted the tax base which limited sharply the ability of the government to raise Roman troops which then brought along more incursions - vicious cycle. So the economy is a major factor, once you take a careful stock of the situation.
Feb
21
comment How big a factor was the failing economy to the downfall of the Roman Empire?
just as good Romans as your Cornelii of old. And the Pannonian military emeperors of the late 3rd century (from Valerian to Dicoletian) who restored and reassembeled the empire as best as they knew were pretty good Romans too. And come to think of it, what are exactly "the original Latins"? Do you count only the guys who allegedly built Rome in 753 BCE with Romulus & Remus or also their half-Sabine children? And what about Samnites and Etruscans who were conquered and integrated into the Roman elite? Or the other peoples of Roman Italy? "Originality" is actually quite an arbitrary label.
Feb
21
comment How big a factor was the failing economy to the downfall of the Roman Empire?
Sorry, -1. This explanation is completely wrong. First and foremost, it fails the Eastern Survival Test: the Eastern Empire was just as ethnically diverse than the Western (even a bit more so, actually) but yet it did not fall and continued strong. And there are more problems with your argument: the Cornelii etc were all gone already by 100 CE or so (more like by 69 CE). And there was nothing very bad for the empire about that - a continuous rejuvenation of elites is not a bad thing for the survival of a state, it's a good one. The new senators from Gaul in the 1-2 centuries were
Feb
21
accepted What role did Fourcroy play in Lavoisier's execution?
Feb
19
comment What caused scientific and cultural decline of East Roman (Byzantine) Empire?
I don't think that Justinian prohibited mathematics - afair, he defined as "mathematicians" people who played dice - and perhaps other games of chance & skill - professionally. I don't know what was the term for mathematicians, though.
Feb
11
comment Why did the USSR preserve the national republics?
@kubanczyk Doesn't the PRC date from 1949? Perhaps they had a different quasi-puppet government for Manchuria?
Feb
11
comment Why did the USSR preserve the national republics?
@andy256 Meaning?
Feb
11
comment Why did the USSR preserve the national republics?
(Apropos, such a brazen mislabelling of one's flagrant acts of aggression is quite similar to Russia's present crypto-invasion of Ukraine - which is not suprising since modern Russian policymakers actually are looking back to Stalin for inspiration)
Feb
11
comment Why did the USSR preserve the national republics?
@Joe I am pretty sure that kubanczyk is being a bit tongue-in-cheek here, or rather that he is describing the official Soviet line (or its idealized self-image, if you like). Of course the Soviets invaded Finland, but they set it up to look like they were just helping a friendly (puppet, out-of-state...) government by its own request and after it had been provoked. As he goes on to say, "all of this staged". So I'd urge you to reverse the downvote.
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