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Why didn't Hannibal attack Rome after the Battle of Cannae?

Hannibal Barca defeated 8 Roman legions in the Battle of Cannae. At that time Carthage also had control over Hispania. Why did Hannibal not seize Rome at that time?
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Why was there never a tachanka-style cannon or crossbow?

There seems to be a clear line of progression for many weapons. For example, in the west, crossbows were mounted on carts by the Roman empire, while in the east, they were mounted on camels. The ...
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Was there anything positive about the 3rd Reich [on hold]

I can't think of a single takeaway from executing on Generalplan Ost that anyone has ever found as "moving in the right direction." Is there an opposing view or is this just an Historian's conceit on ...
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Did Albert Einstein really receive this rejection letter?

I saw this image on facebook and I usually take what's posted there with a grain of salt. I have reversed image searched and googled, but with no luck. I'm curious about the authenticity surrounding ...
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1answer
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When was the name of the Mexican war changed to Mexican-American war?

I learned recently (by having an answer marked wrong in Pub Quiz) that the conflict which was called the Mexican War when I was in school is now called the Mexican-American War. My question: When, ...
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Why is Neolithic bad but Neogothic good? [on hold]

I am speaking in the pejorative sense but what is the difference between feeling bad by being called "Neolithic" as opposed to good when being called "Neolithic"?
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How come all the major WW1 rifles were bolt action?

The main disadvantage of bolt action is that one has to remove the right hand from the trigger which leads to slower rate of fire. Neither lever nor pump have this problem. Rate of fire was viewed as ...
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Did Sturmabteilung (SA) commit serious crimes before 1933?

Wikipedia says: Their primary purposes were providing protection for Nazi rallies and assemblies, disrupting the meetings of opposing parties, fighting against the paramilitary units of the ...
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1answer
55 views

How much were builders of Colosseum paid?

I am currently doing a project on Ancient Rome and was wondering how much the builders of the Colosseum got paid? I understand they were mostly slaves, but were they given anything? Did they also ...
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290 views

On what accomplishments does Theodore Roosevelt's present day reputation rest?

Teddy Roosevelt appears on Mount Rushmore, and Wikipedia's Historical rankings of Presidents of the United States page reveals almost unanimous love for Teddy. But why? From what I know about his time ...
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1answer
74 views

Why haven't bankers gained as much power in China as the Medici got in Europe during their height?

While the monotheist religions had bans on loaning money, Buddhism doesn't. Why didn't bankers manage to consolidate power in China during the Middle Ages?
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Origin/reason for reversed flag on right shoulder?

Virtually any time the American flag is depicted or flown, it has the orientation seen in the following image, with the stars in the upper hoist (left) quarter of the flag: However, when the flag ...
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Identify WW2 ammo

I found some ammo, which I think is from World War II. The cartridges are stamped WRA 42 and DEN 42. I do not know what the big piece is. It has a stamp: N2117 III Does anyone know what the big ...
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What role did Lucky Luciano play in faciliting South Europe invasion?

On the night of July 9, 1943, 160,000 Allied troops landed on the extreme southwestern shore of Sicily. After securing a beachhead, Gen. George Patton's U.S. Seventh Army launched an offensive into ...
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Long time to reach news in Thirty Years' War

The Thirty Years' War broke out with the Bohemian Revolt in May 1618. Spain was being ruled by Habsburgs, and it was involved in the politics of HRE. Once the news of the revolt reached Spain, they ...
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Do Sicilians carry genes of Africans? [on hold]

Yesterday I saw True Romance movie, In this movie, father of lead actor says this words to main villain: Sicilians carry genes of Africans because of Sicilians married them always in history. So How ...
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The Mystery of the Native American Cities

When we hear the term "Native American", cities don't usually come at the top of our minds. Nevertheless, we have found Native American cities that collapsed before the 15th century. Cahokia ...
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Is google ngram viewer anti semitic? [on hold]

If I didn't know any better... I'd say the holocaust was invented in 1960! Of course it happened though https://books.google.com/ngrams
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1answer
289 views

Did genocide occur in the Football War?

In the Football War between El Salvador and Honduras, the El Salvador claimed that genocide had occurred in Honduras. However, was anybody actually prosecuted for these actions, or were these claims ...
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3answers
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Are there military commanders other than Khalid ibn al-Walid who have never been defeated?

I was reading about Khalid ibn al-Walid, a commander in the Muslim's era. What is interesting about him is that he was never been defeated in any of the hundred battles that he encountered. Are there ...
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6answers
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Why did Sun Tzu believe you shouldn't wait besides a river when eager to fight?

In Sun Tzu's Art of War, Chapter 9 (The Army on the March), Verse 5, Tzu says If you are anxious to fight, you should not go to meet the invader near a river which he has to cross. My thinking ...
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4answers
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Why could China keep most of the lands it conquered after 17th century but European powers could not?

If we look at the map of Ming dynasty, we see a much smaller China. Most of the northern and western part of today's China was conquered during Qing dynasty. In contrast, many European powers have ...
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3answers
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Why is China a member of the UN Security Council?

The United Nations was formed at the end of world war II, to maintain peace throughout the world. Within the structure of UN, Security Council is ranked above all. There were only five permanent ...
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1answer
36 views

Australian Head of State [on hold]

Under the Australian Constitution, who will become Australia's Head of State if the British monarchy is suddenly dissolved or overthrown and Britain becomes a republic?
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2answers
83 views

What activity would convey the Burma railway & Hanoi Hilton POW project?

I am a junior in high school, and I have to give a large history exhibition at the end of the year. As my topic, I chose to compare the POW camps following the construction of the Burma railway during ...
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1answer
152 views

What historic event can be compared with Brexit? [on hold]

The Great Britain just voted to leave the European Union. What (peaceful, if any) seccesions from major empires/unions of similar significance has happened thru out history? Looking at the nominal ...
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1answer
220 views

What would my 2x Great Grandfather and his unit in the British Army have been doing in South Africa between 1900-1902?

My 2x Great Grandfather, James Walter Juden, served in the Royal Sussex Regiment from 1889 to 1902. I have a copy of his service records. Which I have downloaded from FindMyPast, the images can be ...
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1answer
190 views

What would my 2x Great Grandfather and his unit in the British Army have been doing in India between 1891-1897?

My 2x Great Grandfather, James Walter Juden, served in the Royal Sussex Regiment from 1889 to 1902. I have a copy of his service records. Which I have downloaded from FindMyPast, the images can be ...
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10answers
6k views

Lost battles - under which conditions does the losing party actively commemorate a battle?

I am trying to understand under which conditions battles are predominantly remembered and commemorated by the losing party (who acknowledge their defeat), not the victors. This is not who gets to ...
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0answers
100 views

Language used on a dagger hilt, supposedly of Persian provenance, ca. 1700-1750

Could anyone guess what language is used in the sign made on this dagger hilt, supposedly of Persian provenance, and dated approx. 1700-1750? A fellow translator asked if I knew, and naturally I ...
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5answers
1k views

Spanish-American war from Spain's perspective?

What did the Spanish-American war look like from Spain's perspective? Did the general population support the war? What were the reasons why Spain lost, was the general public aware of these reasons ...
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3answers
218 views

How did the KPD relate to the German state during the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact?

Between August 1939 and June 1941, Germany and the USSR had the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. During this time, many USSR-oriented communist parties in Europe and North America were (forced to be) rather ...
3
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3answers
280 views

The fate of children fathered by US Soldiers in the UK during WW2

As allied nations speaking a common tongue, I imagine there were a great number of liaisons between British women and American soldiers, airmen and sailors. Most British men were serving overseas. ...
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1answer
262 views

Why did England and Portugal cheap out on the Battle of Aljubarrota?

One of the most important and famous battles in the Iberian Peninsula took place in Aljubarrota. There were two main parties: Castille (With Aragonian, French and Italian support) Portugal (With ...
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1answer
157 views

How can you see what rank a British redcoat is?

This page displays 'U.S. ARMY RANK INSIGNIA The Later Revolutionary War Era - 1780'. Is there a similar guide for the British as Wikipedia's rank insignia for the Continental Army? I know of the ...
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335 views

Why didn't the Great Awakening spread to the Spanish Colonies?

Since I have begun paying more attention to early South and Latin American history it made me wonder about the extent of the religious movement in the British Colonies that we call the Great Awakening;...
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4answers
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How did former Spanish colonies in the Americas become so fragmented?

If we only consider countries that are connected by land, there are 16 Spanish speaking countries in the Americas, totaling 11,301,072 km2 in area. That's only slightly larger than Canada (9,984,670 ...
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Is there an historical name, or an example “character” from history, that encompases a sycophant?

I'm trying to see if there's a noun for a type of person that exemplifies a sycophant, and particular if there's a good example of such a person from history. In Lord of The Rings, Gruma Wormtongue ...
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2answers
320 views

How much contact did Sub-Saharan Africa actually had with the rest of the world since the beginning of civilization?

The book 'Guns, germs and steel' introduced me to the fact that the Sahara desert actually isolated Sub-Saharan Africa from the developments elsewhere since the beginning of civilization until ...
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What are some factors that led to the fall of the Western Roman Empire [on hold]

In both the short and long term, what are the trends, forces, decisions and events that led to the decline and fall of the western Roman Empire?
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How was the Mohenjodaro/Indus valley civilization discovered? [on hold]

There are plenty of documentaries/articles on Harrapa culture. They tell that it is quite old (2500 BC), before Buddha & Jesus were born. Also, they were quite ahead of their time in terms of ...
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2answers
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Did the Nazis vaporize Jews? [on hold]

Nuremberg trial: "A village, a small village was provisionally erected, with temporary structures, and in it approximately 20,000 Jews were put. By means of this newly invented weapon of ...
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1answer
229 views

What East German laws and regulations were extended to the West after unification?

Legally speaking, the reunification of Germany in 1990 was not a merger of two equal states resulting in a new country. Rather, it is better characterized as the absorption of the German Democratic ...
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8answers
995 views

What went wrong with India's scientific development as a society?

India had been among the "leaders" in scientific research spanning Mathematics, Medicine, Chemistry and others. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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7answers
983 views

Is there a relationship between Portugal and Spain being able to discover the New World and the Moor occupation?

This documentary circa 01:07:20 discusses the Renaissance in Toledo. To me that seems plausible. The knowledge and culture brought by the Moor seems a much better catalyzer to escape the dark ages' ...
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1answer
199 views

Why did it take Rome so long to supress the Spartacus Revolt?

I've been thinking and why did it take Rome so long to suppress the Spartacus Revolt, and what did Marcus Licinius Crassus do differently than other Roman Generals, as he was able to defeat Spartacus &...
2
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2answers
361 views

Historiography of the black death

Most of the primary sources from that time attributed it to Jewish well poisoining. When did the currently popular theory of the black death develop?
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When and how (why) did the idea that gender is not biological start [on hold]

In my understanding the gender originally was based on the organs, there was cross dressing but it was considered a man dressing as a woman. And latter this changed and gender became something ...
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2answers
239 views

M4A1 sherman vs Stug III ausf. G what were the odds in favor of sherman?

We've all heard stories after stories of how a lone tiger or panther made a practical scrapyard of shermans ambushing all day. But i can't find enough information on what happened when a sherman ...

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