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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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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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Are there military commanders who have never been defeated like Khalid ibn al-Walid?

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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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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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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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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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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How was the Mohenjodaro/Indus valley civilization discovered?

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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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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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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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 &...
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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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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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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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What was the climatic reason for Alexander the great's defeat [on hold]

Were there any climatic reasons for Alexander the great's defeat in India?
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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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What are some examples of Machiavellian colonialism theory being applied in the past and in the present (in the form of western intervention) [on hold]

In the long term, were any of these colonization attempts successful? I have tried researching this problem but I can not appear to find any significant examples of Machiavelli and/or Realpolitik ...
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The trial of Socrates

I have stumbled upon I.F Stone's book "The Trial of Socrates" at a huge discount, and as someone who developed an interest in history and philosophy I took it. When I came home and read some reviews ...
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How does technological revolutions show evidence that history repeats itself? [on hold]

How does old technology, dating to even the 1400's for example show proof that history tends to repeat itself?
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Are all religions traditionally said to have been given through a few? [on hold]

By traditionally, I mean: assuming said religion is right. Basically are there religions (not only the larger ones) that claim it was given through mass revelation? I ask this question because I just ...
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What were the factors behind the lowest AAA corporate interest rate in U.S bond history during 1946?

https://www.quandl.com/data/MOODY/AAAYLD-Aaa-Corporate-Bond-Yield The lowest AAA corporate bond yield in U.S history happened in 1946 based on the quandl chart above. Amazingly, it was even lower ...
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Can a king remove his siblings from the line of succession? [closed]

I'm at a bit of a feud with one of my friends recently over the question above. In the Dungeon and Dragons game that we play together the elder son who was next in line for the succession to the ...
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Tocqueville and the phrase “The great experiment”

The line "The great experiment" has become famous for being used by Tocqueville for describing the birth of modern democracy in America. It is supposed to be in the last paragraph of the first chapter ...
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Non Altered European Castles

I recently paid a visit to Leed's castle, and was disappointed by the extent to which the manor had been refurbished and modernized. Importantly: What castles in Europe are accessible to the public ...
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126 views

What is the name of the king whose brother has been raised as a girl?

i remember reading about a prince (probably french) who has been raised as a girl to avoid him fighting against his brother for the throne, a few years ago. To be honest, the story seems intriguing ...
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68 views

GDR citizens stood to be executed as they made their vain bids for western freedom [closed]

Does "western freedom" in the following context mean "to free up the western Germany" or "freedom in the style of western countries"? Which historical event is it referring to when it says "GDR ...
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Were there ever Taoist missionaries?

Taoism is not generally known as a proselytizing religion these days, but was there ever a time when Taoist missionaries were found?
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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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331 views

Using a lance while on a charging horse against ground based enemy

In historic light cavalry, if a rider was using a lance, how many times could it be reused? How long before it became a liability by getting someone stuck on the end of it, or got snagged on a body ...
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Why did India use Soviet military hardware during the Cold War?

A former British colony, I'd have thought that India would use Western military hardware during the Cold War. In fact, they fought shoulder-to-shoulder with British soldiers against the Japanese. ...
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What were all the countries of the First, Second and Third Worlds, when WWII ended? [closed]

What were all the countries of the First, Second and Third Worlds, when WWII ended? That is, using the World terms in their Cold War formulation. The term Third World arose during the Cold War to ...
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Did the US government ever burn corn?

I remember hearing and/or reading at some point that the US government burned corn (or destroyed it) at some point. Not because there was anything wrong with the corn, but rather because by buying it ...
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What would've been different if Hitler was able to take the Soviet Union [duplicate]

What would've been different if Hitler was able to conquer / sack Moscow & take the Soviet Union during WW2, prior to losing in North Africa & the beaches of Normandy? I've found - https://...
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According to the church fathers (or other eminent theologians), does Caesar Augustus take any symbolic role in Christianity? [closed]

Is Caesar Augustus given any symbolic role in Christianity according to the writings of any church fathers or eminent theologians? The reason I ask is because it would seem highly symbolic that the ...
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Could Hitler have won WW2 after losing the beaches of Normandy [closed]

I'm quite interested in WW2, and was thinking about the beaches of Normandy and what wondering about the following Could Hitler have won WW2 after losing the beaches of Normandy and what were the key ...
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My concernce about the tag 'nazi-germany' [migrated]

This is a meta post, but I have less then 5 reputation, so I cannot on meta. I am german and in my opinion nazi-germany might be historicly correct, but it sounds that germany and nazis are still ...
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232 views

Origin of “The grass did not grow where Attila had passed” [closed]

Legend says that where Attila's horse passed grass did not grow again. For example, a variant of this quote can be found on Biographay.com's entry on the man. What was the first use of this phrase or ...
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How blockadable was the Strait of Gibraltar before Operation “Torch?”

I'm going to take it as an article of faith that if one power, e.g. Britain, controlled both the Rock of Gibraltar to the north, and the Algerian coast to the south, that this country would be able to ...
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120 views

Prevalence of smallpox among the Norse in Northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland

The Norse are the only people that - we can verify today - had pre-columbian contact with the New World. While it's clear that their settlements didn't last, it does appear that they interacted with ...
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Why didn't Germany blockade the Strait of Gibraltar during WW2?

The Strait of Gibraltar, at its narrowest point, is about 14 km wide. Why didn't Germany blockade it during WW2? It seems to me that only a handful of submarines and destroyers could do the job. Wasn'...
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269 views

Why have both July and August 31 days?

Is there a reason why months alternate between 30 and 31 days? 365.24/12 = 30.23666; there are many ways to allocate the .2366 days among the months. Why was this chosen? Is there a reason why July ...
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How dependent was Nazi Germany on Iron ore from Sweden?

From the wiki article on Swedish iron mining during WW2, there are a lot of uncited claims. I'll quote the most outstanding of them here: In the year before the war, Germany received 22 million ...
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1answer
75 views

List of Roman Imperial Coins ~0 CE/AD

I'm trying to find a list of Roman Imperial Coins that were used around 0 CE/AD. Most of the my searches turn up lots of shopping pages. After sorting through tons of listings, I can find lists that ...
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1answer
85 views

List of Lend Lease deliveries by years

Does someone know where I can find a list of the deliveries to the USSR by the "Lend Lease Act" of the United States 1941 to 1945 by year? Most books like "Russia's Life-Saver" by Albert Weeks do ...
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130 views

Were the Stalin March Notes a missed chance for the unification of Germany? [on hold]

If yes, why did Adenauer reject the offer then? What about the opinions of the US, GB and France? I heard they were afraid that Adenauer would lose his majority and therefore miss the chance of ...
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43 views

How were the prophecies of Biblical prophets such as Isaiah first published or disseminated?

I read the Old Testament but I don't understand how a prophet such as Isaiah would have first put forth his prophesies. Did he speak to a crowd, and someone took down his words? Or did he write little ...
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Did any black athletes other than Jesse Owens win any medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics?

When looking over the famous 1936 Berlin Olympics, I found out that Hitler snubbed not Jesse Owens, but another Olympic winner (though I don't doubt that Jesse would've been snubbed by him in the ...
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154 views

New Explanations for the Fall of the Roman Empire [closed]

What is the likely role of emphasis on military (vice commercial) culture on the gradual decline and eventual dissolution of the Roman Empire?

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