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historical name(s) for area between Syria and Mesopotamia?

Apologies if this is "really" a geographical question, but I suspect it must have been addressed by scholars of the past millenium of Middle Eastern history, not least because it is so central to a ...
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Who is ISIS/ISIL, Really? [on hold]

For the past 6 months or so (probably longer), I've heard a lot about ISIS, and I know that they are involved in military actions in Syria, but I am still confused as to what their true purpose is. If ...
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Why would staff officers carry swords during combat, in World War II?

I realise one purpose as ceremonial, as depicted in Lieutenant General Hatazō Adachi's surrender (eg this picture), but when Isoroku Yamamoto was killed, his white-gloved hand [was still] ...
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59 views

Anti-personnel use of blowguns

The wikipedia entry for blowguns currently states that blowguns were historically used to hunt small wild game and only rarely used as an anti-personnel armament. This made me wonder if there are any ...
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33 views

What would have been the historic consequences had Catherine of Aragon produced a living male heir? [on hold]

I'm watching BBC's Wolf Hall at the moment, and finding myself wondering how different history would have been had Catherine of Aragon produced a male heir that lived. Here's a few thoughts on it. ...
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Why and since when military exercises are considered acts of aggression?

One hears often that this or that country performed military exercises in this or that region in the context that implied these were threats, almost acts of aggression. I wonder why and since when it ...
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93 views

What do they do with corpses after a battle?

In the ancient time (maybe Roman era) when a war finishes, when an army killed (yield) another army, generally speaking what do they do with the corpses? My question is specified to a war in a ground ...
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45 views

Was there ever a visit by a person from India to a noble in Scandinavia? Is there a painting of such a visit?

When is the first recorded visit by a citizen of the Indian subcontinent to Scandinavia? I'd also like to know when the first such visit was recorded.
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Is there a painting from before the colonization of the Americas depicting travelers from far away visiting European nobles?

Is there a painting from before the colonization of the Americas depicting European nobles being entertained or given gifts by travelers from far away places, such as sub-saharan Africa or India? I'm ...
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Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?

Why did Native Americans die of European diseases while Europeans didn't have serious diseases from the New World? I read that most Native American victims of colonization in the new world died of ...
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3answers
573 views

When was the “New Kingdom” of Egypt first called that?

When was the New Kingdom of Egypt (c. 1550BC to 1077BC) first called "New Kingdom" (or something cognate)?
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80 views

post slavery segregation outside of the US

Other than the USA did any other countries practice a codified form of segregation after abolishing slavery?
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Who would win in a fight, Xi Jinping or Mao Zedong? [on hold]

While this question may not appear so historical, it is actually very much so. Its intent is to ask, and could be rephrased as, "What were the fighting abilities of erstwhile CPC Chairman Mao Zedong, ...
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0answers
74 views

What was the prevalence of ethnic minorities in 15th century Bohemia?

What was the prevalence of what we in contemporary western culture would consider "ethnic minorities" (Africans, East Asians, South Asians, Latinos, etc) in the population of early 15th century ...
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302 views

The monumental/architectural sculptures of Petra - has there been any research on the likely craftsmen who executed them?

The Nabatean people who founded Petra are described as a pre-Islamic Arab people. Centrally located on the spice trade routes, they achieved fabulous wealth and settled in the city of Petra. A recent ...
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2answers
120 views

Why women in English-speaking world commonly assume husband's family name after marriage, but women in China do not? [on hold]

In English-speaking world, it is a common practice that women assume their husband's family name after marriage. This seems to be a practice that somewhat reflect patrilineality. In contrast, ...
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55 views

Was cyrillic script actually invented by Methodius rather than Cyrill? [on hold]

Many sources say that Cyrillic was invented after Cyrill's death. Is that true? If so, why it is called Cyrillic, rather than "Methodic"?
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48 views

Who were these two conspirators against Titus?

Suetonius has this to tell us in Chapter 9 of his biography of Titus: When two men of patrician family were found guilty of aspiring to the throne, he satisfied himself with warning them to ...
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0answers
60 views

Was it ever claimed by a scholar that the Byzantines intentionally missed the battle of Civitate?

I have seen a claim to this effect in a popular article but it strikes me as very very odd. So - Was it ever claimed by a scholar that the Byzantines intentionally missed the battle of Civitate? ...
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40 views

Copper and Bronze Age Burials in Western Europe

Can anyone estimate the number of high-prestige burials that have been found in France, Spain or Portugal which date from, say, 3000 BC to 1000 BC/ For example, supposing that there were 2000 persons ...
2
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2answers
135 views

How was Ivaylo's Bulgarian peasant army able to repel the Mongols?

So this peasant in Bulgaria named Ivaylo says he's tired of all these Mongols and gets together a peasant army. How was this roughshod force able to repel the Mongols when so many others have failed?
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Did pirates really drink a lot of rum?

In every movie, cartoon, comic or any other fictional sources I have read or watched that involves sea pirates, it is always shown that their favorite beverage is rum. I want to know why sea pirates ...
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0answers
16 views

What is Liberal Democracy? [migrated]

The Liberal Democrats are a social-liberal supporting party in the United Kingdom. The third largest party in the UK is the Liberal Democrats.This is because of number of seats in the quarters of ...
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3answers
243 views

Why was the government expenditures of the Roman Empire very low compared to modern governments?

I was trying to compare the military spending of the Roman empire in the 1st century with modern military spending and how much of a burden that was to Roman people. The Wikipedia page of the ...
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95 views

Why does Europe use a similar alphabet, but Asia does not? [migrated]

Why is it that in Europe, most written languages (Spanish, English, German, ect.) use very similar alphabets (Latin), while in Asia, which is similarly geographically close to one another as in ...
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40 views

Was malaria worse on Hainan Island than elsewhere in south China?

I’m reading William Skinner’s “Chinese Society in Thailand” (1957). He notes that of the various speech-groups from different parts of south China that came to live in Siam, the Hainanese were one of ...
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3answers
133 views

What has prevented the United Nations from failing the same way as the League of Nations? [on hold]

The League of Nations proved to be incapable of controlling the Axis Powers in the 1930s and was subsequently replaced by the United Nations after WWII. What has kept the United Nations together ...
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59 views

Are the conditions for a third world war developing with Vladimir Putin taking the role of Adolf Hitler? [on hold]

The Russian people appear to support Vladimir Putin to a much greater extent than in the, so called, western democracies. Despite periods when the Russian civil service, pensioners and armed forces ...
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1answer
2k views

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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1answer
66 views

How did women's roles and rights change during the early Republican period in China?

How did attitudes towards women and their role within the family unit and greater society change under the Chinese Republican government? What rights did they gain? Did they generally benefit from the ...
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1answer
68 views

Ships:Biggest One Ever [closed]

What was the biggest merchant ship ever created that dwarfed existing ones and still is considered a behemoth today?To clarify,It can be a Merchant vessel or a naval warship.(Also can be a list too)
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32 views

Percentages of Religions Among US Armed Forces Enlisted Personnel [closed]

What are the comparative percentages of Christians, Jews, Moslems, and other religions US citizens currently serving in the United States Armed Services? How do these percentages compare to the ...
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1answer
85 views

Codes:Hardest Code Ever [closed]

Which is the strongest/code that is unbreakable and exists? I have recently been reading a book called: The Code Book" by Simon Singh and It doesn't specify what was/is the most unbreakable code ever ...
0
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1answer
84 views

How did the Declaration of Independence end up in the United States? [closed]

From what I understand the Declaration of Independence was largely disregarded by the English leaders. So, why did it not just get lost in mounds of paperwork like happens to unimportant documents ...
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4answers
2k views

Was there a constitutional mechanism to overturn the election of Adolf Hitler?

In March 1933 Hitler received 44 % of the votes during the elections and became relatively fast a dictator. Were there any constitutional or other legal mechanisms in place through which this ...
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3answers
128 views

How big a factor was the failing economy to the downfall of the Roman Empire?

How large a factor was the economy failing and Rome facing bankruptcy to their downfall when you compare it to the likes of political corruption and the rise of Christianity?
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43 views

How to calculate the total number of human deaths not due to natural causes?

Can we roughly estimate the number of people who've been killed by other humans? i.e. purposeful direct killing in acts of war, terror, conquest, etc. But not old age, natural disasters, diseases, ...
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1answer
315 views

Were there any pilots that declined to carry out the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Were there any pilots that refused (or politely declined) to take part in the operations of "Fat Man" and "Little Boy," knowing the destruction these would cause? Similarly, were there any scientists ...
2
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1answer
46 views

Thoroughbred horse history on British Islands prior to 1686

It is well established, but oft overlooked, fact that almost all thoroughbred horses on the British Islands trace their ancestry to a single stallion, called Darley Arabian, brought to Britain by one ...
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2answers
59 views

How was Chinese Communism connected to the New Culture Movement?

Looking for ways that the New Culture Movement was associated with Chinese Communism or the Chinese Communist Party.
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1answer
99 views

What happened to the French royal navy during the french-revolution?

Similar to my other question about her colonies I am interested in knowing what happened to the french royal navy of the period. Some ships must have been at sea and only learned the news as they ...
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1answer
64 views

Is the Budarsinghi Temple really 5000 years old?

There is a small Hanuman temple about 30 kilometers south of Hubli in my home state of Karnataka in India. Below is the image of Lord Hanuman's idol. The idol certainly looks quite old, but the folks ...
4
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1answer
63 views

What happened to the french overseas colonies during the beginning of the french revolution?

While I understand that Paris and then most of France got swept up in revolutionary fervor. What happened in its far flung colonies, such as the Antilles, India, North America, Africa and even ...
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1answer
50 views

Where did the Gabare Jahangiri Dynasty assert authority?

Where did the Sunni Muslim dynasty assert authority?
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Is there a way to determine where specific Quartermaster Depot companies were based in WWII?

My father-in-law was a master sergeant of a Quartermaster Corps Depot Company during the Battle of the Bulge. I would like to find out where his depot was located (and I'm assuming it moved from time ...
2
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1answer
130 views

How much do we know about Emperor Ashoka?

A recent Indian Tevevision series is showing a detailed a life characteristic of Ashoka's childhood. Though its a work of fiction, I would like to know how much of that is actual fact, and how much do ...
1
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1answer
53 views

WW 2 US Army Discharge Papers — Codes

On the World War 2-era WD AGO Form 53-55, which was the four-page honorable discharge form, there is a code or reference in Box 32 (Battles and Campaigns) which on my father-in-law's form says ...
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How was the transfer of personnel from British women's military services managed?

In the 1990's,the former women's services - WRNS, WRAC, and WRAF - were disbanded and women absorbed into the regular services. Whilst women still cannot serve in combat roles, they are armed and ...
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Who was jailed along with Wajid Ali Shah?

It is a known fact that when Nawab Wazid Ali Shah was arrested in 1856 he was taken to Alipore Jail (Calcutta). Some of his Vazirs (Ministers) were also with him in jail. Can someone throw some light ...
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42 views

Did the reformation have an impact on the agricultural revolution? [closed]

The reformation resulted in property being sold to wealthy citizens, and then a lot were rebuilt into housing. This extra housing must have caused a substantial boom in regards to the possible ...

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