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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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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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131 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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337 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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248 views

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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86 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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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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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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How widely were Ramadan observed among Muslim slaves in pre-civil war America?

Muslims made up an estimated 15%-30% of Africans enslaved in the United States before the civil war. Is there a general sense of how widely the fast of Ramadan was observed among them? There were ...
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In the 1920's, why did the German government fire working women if their husband was employed?

To cite this german speaking site: Hatte eine Frau trotz der wenigen Stellen einmal eine Anstellung erhalten, war ihr diese nicht auf Dauer sicher. So gab es zum Beispiel aufgrund der schlechten ...
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152 views

What was the official reason for not invading France until the middle of 1944? [duplicate]

As I understand it, Stalin was urging the western powers to open a second front in France ever since Barbarossa begin in 1941 June. What was the official reason for waiting until 1944 June? They ...
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Piece of cloth in bullets in pistols around the pirate age

While seeing the series Black sails, there's an episode where two guys face each other in a pistol duel. While preparing the weapons, it is clearly seen that the assistants put a piece of cloth ...
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177 views

Why China government used military and tanks against students on Tienanmen Square in 64 incident? [closed]

Refer to Tienanmen Square protests of 1989 that happened on 1989 June the 4th. The students at the Tienanmen Square were just a bunch of confused kids, mired in internal bickering, rapidly loosing ...
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How come La Réunion and Mauritius were uninhabited ?

How come the Mascarenes islands, La Réunion and Mauritius (and Rodrigues), were uninhabited until Europeans arrived ? Many islands off the coast of Africa remained uninhabited until the arrival of ...
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97 views

What Coin is This?

This is my first question on SE so please let me know if this should be somewhere else. Years ago (maybe 15), my grandfather gave me this coin and I have no idea what it is or where it came from. Can ...
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274 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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130 views

What were China's thoughts on the possibility of a nuclear exchange, during the Cold War?

What were China's thoughts on the possibility of a nuclear exchange, during the Cold War? We know, sorta, what the Soviets, and Americans thought, what about China?
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112 views

Did Japan perceive their hypergrowth as stable and unstoppable as the United States did?

Did Japan perceive their hypergrowth as stable and unstoppable as the United States did? Or was it commonly known to the man on the street that it would fail?
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Why was Copernicus not persecuted by the church, but Galileo was?

The Catholic Church's persecution of Galileo Galilei for embracing heliocentrism is very well known today. He was subjected to the inquisition and spent the end of his life in house arrest. However, ...
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Did medieval Icelanders use runes?

The land-taking of Iceland took place while Norse culture used runes. It was in the midst of transitioning from the Elder to the Younger Futhark. The runes are closely identified with the Old Norse ...
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The rule of the Pythogoreans [closed]

I've heard a claim that that Pythagoreans during the life of Pythagoras wielded a significant amount of political power. To what extent is this true?
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138 views

Were women directly involved in national state affairs in Indian kingdoms?

Movie or TV drama from India show that in kingdoms of India, such as Mauryan, women are directly involved in nation/kingdom affairs, they have significant influence. Was it true or it's just ...
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Group term for the Celts around the Alps?

Usually when I'm trying to find something about the Celts along the Danube and North Italy, I have a hard time. What is their group term (like Gauls, Britons, Celtiberians)? Do they belong to Gaul? ...
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In the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, was there any secret agreement on the timetable, if any, of taking the spheres of influence?

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact included a secret agreement to divide Europe between Germany and USSR. I'm wondering if this secret agreement included timetables for those takeovers, or if they were ...
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1answer
143 views

What were the key difficulties for the Romans in the conquest of Germanic tribes? [duplicate]

Rome had expansionist policy from its early days since the Dacian conquest by Trajan. During these several centuries, Rome took on powerful and established powers such as Carthage, Macedon, Selucid ...
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Was there a constant 'fear of the bomb' in the Soviet Union and America during the Cold War?

Was there a constant 'fear of the bomb' in the Soviet Union and America during the Cold War? Or were there times where there wasn't such a fear? Possibly during the Nixon-Brezhnev détente, or ...
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Is there a book, in or out of print, that lists diaries from soldiers who fought in the American Revolution? [duplicate]

I am trying to compile a list of diaries, letters, reminiscences, and autobiographies of those involved in the American Revolutionary War (i.e. important players, soldiers, women)? I have made a ...
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1answer
151 views

Most advanced illiterate society

I got to thinking some more recently about the interrelation of societal advancement and information availability. That got me wondering about the limits. In short, what is the most advanced society ...
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205 views

Are big states more likely to cause wars? [closed]

Over the course of history most bloody wars were caused by big Kingdoms and Empires, or so it seems? I know a lot of history, especially European and it appears to me that most bloody and horrible ...
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1answer
109 views

The 2011 Libya action by France, UK, US was supported by a UN resolution - but was it subverted for regime change? [closed]

The 2011 Libya action by France, UK, US was supported by a UN resolution authorising enforcement of a no-fly zone - but is there any evidence that the resolution was used as a pretext for the larger ...
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Divine Right of Kings: Why?

I know this question is too broad and I expect it to be closed: that's fine. But I lack the specific History background to be able to ask a better question at the moment (too many other pots in the ...
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Is the EU the world's first supranational political union? [closed]

Is the EU the world's first supranational political union?
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Why does clock time start in the middle of the night?

Loosely related: Why of all units is Time standard? It's pretty obvious why 0:00/12:00am is called "midnight". What is the history behind setting the 0 time in the middle of the night as opposed any ...
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211 views

Were there any ancient cultures that accepted homosexuality? [closed]

Original question was this: Were there any ancient cultures (say more than 500 years old) that were accepting of open or partially open homosexuality in either men or women? For the purposes of this ...
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510 views

WW2: Did US marines and soldiers really go into action with unbuckled helmet chin straps?

(Note: links go to realistically portrayed scenes of WW2 combat.) I am watching Youtube clips of WW2 miniseries, like The Pacific and Band of Brothers. Based on a non-scientific survey of these ...
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1answer
123 views

Did colonists “resign the power of voting” and have no more right to govern themselves than the Cornish people?

What exactly made the Americans believe they were different than the Cornish people besides the distance which divided them from England? Wasn't it the settlers' own free decision to move from ...
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2answers
161 views

Why and how did Macedon support Carthage in the Punic wars?

I understand that Rome accused the Kingdom of Macedon to have supported Carthage in the first and/or second Punic war, and that was the reason of the Macedonian wars. Is this true, or was it just a ...
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1answer
59 views

In 1700-1900 England, how were 'manners an end in themselves and not merely a means to achieve propriety by conformity'?

What does 1 mean: 'manners were [...] by conformity'? I know little about English history. How does 1 justify or mitigate 2; because to Anglophones in 2016, 1700-1900 English (e.g. Sheridan's opening ...
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149 views

Was the British Empire financially capable of maintaining India as a colony after WW2?

In India, it is generally accepted that Indian Independence from the British was the culmination of the 190 year long freedom struggle; from the armed conflicts of the mid-1800s to the more peaceful ...
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89 views

Which country traces its roots back to the oldest civilization? [Reliable sources only] [closed]

I've searched a lot to find any reliable and trustworthy source of information about this and found this on this very site. My questions is, can we essentially agree that the oldest countries by ...
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1answer
291 views

Was slave labor used in rebuilding the White House?

Michelle Obama recently gave a graduation address in which she said. every single day ... I wake up in a house that was built by slaves While slave labor was used in building the white house, ...
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172 views

Did medieval Europeans really walk around barefoot in winter?

Luaan posted a comment on a question, as follows (emphasis mine): Take an old-school shoe with no rubber, and you'll see that it's extremely slippery on wet surfaces - medieval Europeans went ...
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Did the ancient Greeks ever climb Mt. Olympus?

We all know that the ancient Greeks believed that their gods lived on top of the mountain Olympus (and some of them in other places like the Underworld). But Olympus - they knew where it was (between ...
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1answer
80 views

Was Fascism capitalist or communist or as many say, was it a “third type” of ideology? [closed]

Was Fascism capitalist or communist or as many say, was it a "third type" of ideology? I have searched wikipedia and other sources but due to different opinions, I am confused.
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50 views

How did physical exercise originate in the Western world?

This is a list of mentions I found with my short googling: The yoga exercise technics were well-known in Asia as a both physical and mental health cure for a long time. According to Wikipedia, ...
6
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1answer
644 views

Was electricity free in the Soviet Union?

Did people receive free electricity in their homes in the Soviet Union? If so, how was it rationed out? Were there any quotas on how much you could use?
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295 views

What was it like for German Jews after WWII?

A movie I saw recently referred to the experience of German Jews who survived concentration camps and came back to live in German cities. It never occurred to me before how uncomfortable, or even ...

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