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Was Hitler “really” responsible for starting Word War II?

I have seen a lot of documentaries about Hitler and World Wars. I'm just being curious to know whether Hitler was the real source behind the "havoc" initiation or it was just due to "dirty politics". ...
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Which had a healthier economy, the Roman Republic or the Roman Empire? [duplicate]

I'm interested in whether the Roman Republic or the Roman Empire had a better economy in each of their golden ages with respect to the people at large. Say, between 400 and 300 BC for the Republic and ...
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Was the government of the Roman Republic or the Roman Empire wealthier?

I'm interested in whether the government Roman Republic or the Roman Empire was wealthier in each of their golden ages (the times they were most prosperous). Say, between 400 and 300 BC for the ...
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10 views

What kind of political institutions existed in Sakai, Japan in medieval times?

I'm especially interested in what government bodies were elected and by who. Dates and sources for extra points.
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Did the Roman Republic or the Roman Empire have a healthier economy? [on hold]

I'm interested in whether the Roman Republic or the Roman Empire had a better economy in each of their golden ages. I'm also interested in comparisons between both each Roman government, each set of ...
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41 views

indentification of world war military items [on hold]

I have obtained a few old military items and I need help identifying them. These items are holsters, and ammo clip holders.
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80 views

What were the deities that existed in Mecca before Mohammed's time? [on hold]

During the time of Mohammed, hundreds of religious idols of various deities in Mecca were destroyed. The justification given for their destruction was that the disparate values represented by the ...
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How could Roman Empire conquer whole Mediterranean after 2nd punic war in just 200 years? [on hold]

I know that after the victory over Hannibal, Rome was suddenly in control of Western Mediterranean Sea. But despite of the fact that it has lost huge numbers of soldiers, peasants, farmers, civilians ...
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What percent of the Roman Republic's population were citizens in various centuries?

Does anyone have any sources mentioning the percentages of citizens at various times, or the populations of citizens and corresponding total populations so I can calculate percents? I looked at dozens ...
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1answer
68 views

Who is this person?

I came across with the following picture, which is a little blurry and unclear. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything about it. Can anybody help me ?
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32 views

Historical information about dustmen in Edwardian England

I'm helping a middle schooler who was assigned Shaw's Pygmalion. I found a nice write-up about flower girls but now I need something about dustmen. For example, why does Alfred Doolittle, dustman, ...
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42 views

When was the first pentecostal church created?

When and where was the first pentecostal church created?
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1answer
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What percent of Sparta's population were citizens in various centuries?

I've found sources saying that Sparta's population was about 3% citizens, but obviously that number fluxed over time, and given that at one point the Spartan Empire was about 80% helots, it makes me ...
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134 views

Computer business in 1969

Mad Men, season 7, episode 4, describes the computer business in 1969 as follows. IBM would lease computers to businesses, but would do so only for short leases, and would replace them with newer ...
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What does 'a long train' mean in the Declaration of Independence

As a child I always imagined a bunch railroad cars, yet from my understanding the railway system didn't really appear until the 1800's. And, if there was no steam engine to pull the cars, the only ...
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127 views

During the American Civil War, were cavalry units issued horses?

When a cavalry unit was raised during the Civil War, were the men issued with horses or did they use their personal horse? For example, 1st Arkansas cavalry (Union) was a western unit made up ...
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106 views

Which Union General identified the defensive value of Cemetery Hill?

Who was the first Union general to realize the significance of Cemetery Hill during the battle of Gettysburg (1863) as a defensive position: Buford, Reynolds, Howard, or Hancock? They each claim to be ...
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1answer
76 views

What was the first regular airline service to pass low over urban areas?

These days, living in a big city, it's a complete non-event to look up into the sky and see a plane passing overhead. It happens several times every day. Therefore it's quite amazing to thing that at ...
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2answers
107 views

What was the first map of Antarctica having a shape based on real evidence?

Antarctica was the last continent to be discovered, and the first confirmed landfall was on January 24, 1895. However, most discussions of "early" world maps seem to peter out well before that, such ...
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3answers
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How Effective Were German SS Units Compared to Non-SS Heer Units?

As World War Two progressed, Hitler ordered the formation of more and more "SS" or "Schutzstaffel" divisions. I am aware that these units often had priority for reinforcements and supplies, but how ...
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161 views

Magic armies examples in history?

Are there any examples of attempting to use magic in history? Note that I don't mean magic is real. I mean that some crazy commanders could THINK it is real and try to utilize it in battle. For ...
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When was France fully liberated?

Speaking of metropolitan France (the 'Hexagone' + Corsica), when was France fully liberated of German occupying forces at the end of World War II? We all know of the D-Day landings in Normandy in ...
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36 views

Struggling Icons and their dogs [on hold]

Is there a story of famous historical icons of the 20th Century that overcame immense struggle and adversity while owning a dog that may have helped them. Has anyone ever heard a story like that.
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29 views

Kipling's the white man's burden/Lin Zexu's Letter of Advice to Queen Elizabeth on Colonialism [on hold]

In which ways do Kipling’s The White Man’s Burden and Lin Zexu’s Letter of Advice to Queen Elizabeth relate to the problem of colonialism?
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89 views

Did cakes exist before the discovery of sodium bicarbonate?

I recently learned that baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) was only discovered in the 19th century, which made me wonder - did cakes as we think of them exist before that?
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How much would votes sell for in early America?

I am reading an essay by Alfred F. Young right now in which the author mentions that Gouverneur Morris said of enfranchising those without property: Give the vote to people who have no property ...
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1answer
98 views

What was the motivation behind prohibiting hunting in King's forests?

One of the typical pop culture motifs surrounding the Merry Men stories is the concept of them poaching the game and being hunted by the Law (or at least, Wardens) for that. This seems rather ...
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69 views

What gift did Saladin send to Richard when he was ill?

What gift did Saladin send to Richard when he was ill? This is a question I got asked in m H|W and I didn't find it. Please, can anyone help me?
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110 views

Is it fair to say Napoleon was the most powerful man on earth? [on hold]

In 1805 when Napoleon Bonaparte was Emperor of France is it fair to say that he was the most powerful man in the world? I believe United Kingdom had the largest economy and fleet but not the greatest ...
3
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1answer
90 views

Did any of these artists ever meet?

Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Raphael) and Donato Bardi (Donatello) are some of the most prominent and influential artists of the Renaissance period. Three of the four ...
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104 views

Soviets, their war equpment and performance in WWII [on hold]

If the Soviets excelled in their military equipment, why were the Germans able to inflict such heavy casualties on them through-out the war?
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98 views

Has being a single mother been always stigmatized?

Being a single mother was obviously a big economic disadvantage. And in the times when the Christian church morality dominated every day life, being a single mother was obviously a proof of a sin. But ...
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1answer
134 views

Why were Greek philosophy and sciences taken up by medieval Muslim civilizations, but not contemporary Western Europe?

Greek-based philosophy and sciences were taken up in the medieval Islamic world. A lot of these works were translated into Arabic, and were later developed further and these contributed to the ...
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2answers
172 views

Did von Manstein push for mass production of late models PzKpfw IV over Panther or Tiger?

I read this claim somewhere, but cannot possibly find the source of it - did Erich von Manstein prefer large numbers of medium tanks PzKpfw IV over small numbers of heavy tanks?
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1answer
99 views

How is it known that Xenophon saw the ruins of Nineveh?

It seems commonly accepted that Xenophon saw the ruins of Nineveh during the Ten Thousand Retreat. In the days of the Greek historians Ctesias and Herodotus, 400 BC, Nineveh had become a thing of ...
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76 views

How many warriors (troops) did feudal vassals have to provide to the king? [closed]

In a medieval feudal system, how many knights and warriors did a vassal have to give to the king in time of war?
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74 views

What divided the Roman Catholic church from the Orthodox church? [closed]

What incident or reason divided the Roman catholic church from the orthodox church of Russia. And who decided the differences between the two churches and faiths?
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Cape Of good hope consequences [closed]

Was there any political controversies or troubles between the mamluks and Portuguese or any other countries because of the discovery of cape of good hope
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1answer
66 views

Country/Area joins war after claiming neutral then attacking [closed]

I don't know a whole lot about wars or the history of, so this is possibly an easy question. Has there ever been an instance where a country or area that declared neutral, but instead of joining a war ...
2
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70 views

Did North African countries have a police in the 18th/19th Century?

This is just a derived question from my other question about firefighters. I wonder if there have been special forces for security like what we call police nowadays or at least nightwatchmen in ...
4
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72 views

Who where the firefighters in Muslim North Africa in the 18th/19th Century and how were they organized?

As we know that the Romans already had some forces for keeping their cities secured and safe: The Vigiles who were what we now may call police and firefighters together! And as I failed to find some ...
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155 views

What evidence is available of the Nazi nuclear weapons program? [on hold]

What evidence is available of the Nazi nuclear weapons program?
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1answer
104 views

Accidental wars [closed]

I'm curious to know if there have been any armed conflicts that are generally regarded as full blown wars (i.e. not border skirmishes) which were started accidentally. By accidentally, I mean ...
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2answers
106 views

System of Government where the Same Family Cannot Inherit

I have been trying to find evidence of a system of government where one of the principles it works on would be to hinder the creation of effective political families (thereby allowing people to ...
2
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2answers
187 views

Why was there a reference to the Battle of Hastings in Harper Lee's novel?

I am unfamiliar with details of European history; how is the Battle of Hastings relevant to the historical background in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird? Chapter 1, Paragraph 4: Being ...
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1answer
115 views

When was the last time the Catholic Church excommunicated a government official for political reasons?

The Roman Catholic Church has a long history of excommunicating people. These days it is mostly constrained to excommunicating bishops who break with doctrine. The Pope regularly sends letters to ...
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53 views

Illegal election or coup d'état that brought to the same result than a regular election would have [closed]

The point of a coup d'état, or the implementation of irregular/illegal procedures during a vote, is obviously to force a better outcome for the people behind it than they would obtain by following the ...
3
votes
1answer
115 views

What did the Allied WW1 propaganda for the Germans say?

I recently came across this passage of Mein Kampf where Hitler praises the effectiveness of WW1 Allied propaganda over the German people: At first the claims of the propaganda were so impudent ...
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1answer
61 views

WWII documentary series with end credits that used a diorama

I remember a series about World War II where the end credits were shown over a camera that panned over a diorama that show the progress of the war that started with normal scenes that slowly ...
3
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2answers
173 views

What motivated revolutionary France to declare war on Britain in 1793?

France declared war on Britain in 1793 (War of First Coalition). What was its motivation for declaring war? It was already at war with many European powers at the moment, and it was not likely in a ...

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