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Is there any country(former colony) in the world that obtained independence and then again tried to join its colonist ruler?

Is there any country(former colony) in the world that fought for/obtained independence and then again tried to join its colonist ruler? I guess an African country did so. Can anyone tell me?
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What factors prevented the legality of secession being pursued via the courts prior to the outbreak of the Civil War?

I've seen references to Lincoln's political maneuvering to prevent the question of secession from being brought to the supreme court in the days preceding the conflict, presumably for fear a ruling ...
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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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Did the Persian Empire really finance both sides of the Peloponnesian war?

I thought that the Persian empire was an enemy of these states and I've read somewhere that the Spartans indeed won the Peloponnesian war with the help of the Persian empire but in an answer here it's ...
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What is the historical reason for 18 years being the most popular age of adulthood?

Most countries define the age of adulthood at 18 years. Why is this? Was there some historical precedent set in ancient rome/greece or something like that? Why 18 years and not some "nicer" number ...
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Why did Gen. Lee (Civil War) surrender to the U.S?

I am sure, from different sources, that his men were willing to fight to the death, even if they were surrounded. Also, if they were willing to fight in the first place, because the issue was so ...
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Why of all units is Time standard?

I'm an American science student, and as such have to constantly fight with the Metric and English unit systems. One thing that a couple other students and I were wondering is why, of all the different ...
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Could Constantinople have fallen in 1453 even if the city had used Greek fire?

Constantinople repelled the sieges of 678 and 717 with Greek fire. Why was Greek fire used in the earlier period and not against the Ottomans? Did the Ottomans have "antidotes" against Greek fire ...
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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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When did the modern discourse of equality develop?

I know that racial segregation was gone by the end of 1968, and that New Zealand allowed Women to vote in 1893, from which most of the world followed. But, the thought of a world where everyone, ...
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Why did Germany have so many important scientists and thinkers around the turn of the 20th century?

I got an impression that Germany at the turn of the 20th century had a lot of very important thinkers and scientists, who created foundation for lots of modern theories and philosophical concept. ...
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Why are German and French languages so different?

My understanding (which could be wrong) is the following: During and before the period of the fall of western Rome (roughly 400 AD), the Franks and the Alemanni were tribal people who moved around a ...
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Native peoples of North and South America impressions of Europeans

Are there any records from the Native people's of North and South America, of what their perception of Europeans were? I know that many of the groups of people Europeans encountered were not literate ...
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1answer
35 views

What is a 'general strike'? [on hold]

What does "general strike" mean when talking about the main crisis in Weimar Republic when they failed to pay the reparations?
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968 views

How do historians verify historical claims?

What are some common methods to verify historical claims?
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0answers
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What was the stand of K Kamaraj about anti-Hindi agitation of 1965?

What was the stand of K Kamaraj in anti Hindi agitation in 1965? What were his actions to stop the people from riot? And whether the leaders from Congress in Tamilnadu supported the Hindi imposition? ...
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How did Urdun come to be called Jordan?

In the Middle East, everybody calls this country something more like "Urdun" or "Ordon". How did it come to be called "Jordan" in the West? What is the history of the name of this country?
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89 views

Who's this Egyptian woman?

I was wonder who this woman was. It isn't Nefertiti, so I was wondering if this was Isis or Cleopatra or perhapse anyone else, I'm unsure. The symbol on her head is a snake and she's just holding a ...
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2answers
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How were the territories added to (and thus the limits set in) the Holy Roman Empire

I've seen a similar question but not with the answer I'm looking for. During its existence, HRE had limits including and excluding territories that did not follow any criteria according to the ...
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156 views

What role (if any) did lend-lease equipment play in the Second Battle of El-Alamein?

I'm specifically thinking military materiel and its significance in the outcome of the Allied victory. Thanks in advance!
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1answer
66 views

Has an entire generation of a young children in a civilization ever been orphaned and raised as loyals?

In a movie I watched a ruler kills all of the adults in a kingdom in order to raise the young children (who were too young to remember or at least understand the event) as loyal soldiers. Has ...
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1answer
43 views

What was said about Vermont in the Paris negotiations of 1782?

In November 1782 the Preliminary Articles of Peace between Britain and the United States were signed. They specified where the boundaries of the United States were. I have two questions: (1) Did ...
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1answer
111 views

Did a US Territory Gaining Statehood by Itself Bestow Citizenship to Anyone Who Was Present?

Heinrich Schliemann in his Autobiography wrote (p.18): Ich befand mich noch in Californien, als dasselbe am 4. Juli 1850 zum Staate erhoben wurde, und da alle an jenem Tage im Lande Verweilenden ...
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259 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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Was the divinity of Roman Emperors taken as seriously as the actual Pagan Gods by other religious communities?

Apotheosis of Roman Emperors and their close relatives after their death was a common practice in the Roman Empire. I understand that it wasn't a meaningless ritual, there was an elaborate Imperial ...
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1answer
203 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
76 views

Countries involved in World War 1(the Great War) [on hold]

I can get a list of countries which were involved in World War 1 as Allies but I can't find list of countries who supported Germany in World War 1, basically I can't find list of countries which were ...
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1answer
155 views

Did some Roman/Pompeiian houses have atria for slaves?

According to Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_the_Vettii) the House of the Vettii brothers had two atria, one specifically for slaves. Servants' quarters are to one side off ...
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1answer
77 views

What is the other ancient Indian magic trick described by Adi Shankaracharya?

It is well-known that the so-called Indian rope trick is alluded to by the ancient Hindu philosopher Adi Shankaracharya in this section of his commentary on a Hindu scripture called the Mandukya ...
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Why hasn't US/Church apologized on Doctrine of Discovery yet? [on hold]

Whenever we open the American History, the ugly chapter of Doctrine of Discovery opens up. Although there have been some criticisms and calls for it to be abandoned, why hasn't US President/Congress ...
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0answers
66 views

Genuine historical unexplainables

What are some open questions in history that are baffling or defy rational explanation without being in conspiracy/crank territory? There are too many articles on the net crafted by cranks and ...
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2answers
93 views

How were the prime ministers of Japan selected during the Taisho era?

During the Taisho era in Japan, how was the Prime Minister selected? Were they appointed by the Emperor? elected by the Diet? chosen by the Privy Council? I'm finding lots of information on how ...
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0answers
22 views

What is the origin of Kula Devata or Family Deity?

In India, every house has something called Kula Devata or Family Deity. What is the historical reason for having such Family deity, and on what basis are family deities assigned to families? Is there ...
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5answers
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Why was the bald eagle chosen as the national bird of the United States?

The bald eagle is a grand and beautiful bird of prey that once frequently soared majestically through the skies of the American wilderness. It is also very important in American Indian culture (See: ...
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1answer
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A question about an inscription inside the Jefferson memorial

This is a follow up to my question here. There, I asked about an inscription inside the Jefferon memorial that says: God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be ...
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2answers
383 views

How much armor did elephant units wear?

I often hear stories about enemies defeating elephant riders by axing the legs of the elephants. Does this mean that the commander of the elephant army did not put enough armor on the elephants' ...
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2answers
431 views

What were the animals on the Coat of Arms of Edward IV of England?

(Asked after reading this answer in SciFi&Fantasy SE): I think that whole Stark (York) and Lanister (Lancaster) feud is reference to War of Roses. Both houses descended from house Plantagenet ...
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8answers
960 views

How to rebut Holocaust denial argument?

I came across a Holocaust denier who claims that there is a plaque outside Auschwitz which says that the Nazis murdered 1.5 million people there (mostly Jewish). However, the plaque used to say 4 ...
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1answer
108 views

Were there any elections in the First French Empire?

I know Napoleon's senate was appointed, but what about the lower house? Were there political factions like in the first republic?
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5answers
725 views

Why do (almost) all countries have a flag, coat of arms, anthem, national holiday etc.?

A number of official symbols are used by virtually all modern nations. These include: National flag1 Coat of arms National anthem National Day Given that it is often difficult to get even two of ...
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0answers
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How does medieval art reflect society in the Middle Ages? [on hold]

I'm doing a humanities project on the middle ages, and we were assigned to find out how medieval art reflects medieval society. The project is due soon, so quick responses are appreciated!
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1answer
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The nature of the Preliminary Articles of Peace of 1782

The Preliminary Articles of Peace appear to be identical to the peace treaty usually said to be dated 1783 and ratified in 1784. Since they are verbatim the same, what is the difference between the ...
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2answers
143 views

How much did a good sword cost in Medieval Western Europe?

I realize the title is probably too broad to answer, so I'll narrow it down a bit: Sword types: Viking swords, and/or Arming swords Quality: Pattern welded iron/steel, crucible (or pseudo-crucible) ...
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6answers
16k views

Were there Samurai equivalents in Korea or China?

Considering that the Samurai class had its distant roots in Chinese political structure, did China or Korea have a similar warrior class?
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2answers
278 views

Why did leaders seem to overlook diseases in their campaigns?

During military campaigns in the 19th century many soldiers died of diseases. Why did the military leaders not seem to pay as much attention to the importance of supply to the army? Let me give some ...
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2answers
151 views

At what point did noblemen stop being the backbone of the military? [on hold]

During the Dark Ages one of the primary responsibilities of noblemen was to engage in warfare. It was a large part of their education, and a nobleman was expected to be able to win easily against a ...
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1answer
639 views

What is known about how many Ulfberht swords exist?

For those who don't know, the Ulfberht sword was a Viking weapon of the finest quality, made with exquisite skill from the best materials available. They were produced between 800 and 1000 CE in ...
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6answers
9k views

Why didn't Great Britain give the colonies voting rights?

The thirteen colonies rebelled after "No Taxation without Representation", and Great Britain probably could have appeased them for quite some time the same way they did Canada (who stayed with Great ...
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2answers
255 views

Was George Wallace's American Independent party (1968) “the same party” as Strom Thurmond's Dixiecrat party (1948)?

The party that nominated George Wallace for president in 1968 (the American Independent Party) seems very similar to the State's Rights Democratic Party (aka. Dixiecrat) that nominated Strom Thurmond ...
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5answers
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Why didn't America finish Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War?

I have read To Die in Babylon by Harold Livingstone and it shows how powerful USA is, but some parts are not clear to me. Saddam thought Iraq is prepared for the Americans and it turns out not. At the ...

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