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What was the available level of agricultural technology in late 2nd century China?

How would you characterize the situation of the agricultural technology around the time of the Yellow Turban rebellion (A.D. 184-205), when technological breakthroughs were yet about to come?
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What is the controversy about Kim Il-Sung's early political career?

While reading the Wikipedia article on Kim Il-Sung it states Several sources indicate that the Kim Il-sung name had previously been used by a prominent early leader of the Korean resistance, Kim ...
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Who wrote the Treaty of Versailles? [on hold]

The Treaty of Versailles was signed at the Palace of Versailles on the 28th of September 1919 between Germany and the Allied Powers. The Treaty of Versailles had nine main points that historians ...
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What are the intentions and methods behind computer aided history? [on hold]

Some historians use particular software to enhance their working on historical issues. I can only guess what the purpose and methods of those software are, certainly to facilitate the work with a ...
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What are the typical anthropometric characteristics of the skeletons from ancient china? [on hold]

The first mentioned chinese dynasties are xia, shang and zhou. Xia and shang might be problematic because of their mythological character in historiography. Anyway, my question aims to the discovered ...
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Where the did the concept of “smear campaigns” originate?

In the US political system there have been campaigns against and for certain candidates, and this goes back to the first Presidential Elections, where both sides used to have editors of newspapers ...
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Why is dynastic history emphasised in China? What schools of thought drive this historical narrative? [on hold]

What is the reason for this peculiar ordering of the historic timeline, are there other systems of ordering the timeline based on other historic categories, events etc. ?
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What is the last historical mention of people worshipping the Roman gods?

Today, there are many polytheists and neopagans who worship the ancient Roman gods. They are, however, a very new development, and not the descendants of an unbroken line stretching back to the Roman ...
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Is there an equivalent in chinese history to the spartans?

One thing the spartans are known for is their militaristically flavored way of life. Militaristic Decisions about their further life started as soon as childbirth, when it was decided whether to keep ...
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What was the ratio of German to Soviet losses on eastern front during different stages of the war?

I've read somewhere that the ratio of Soviet to German casualties on the eastern front was 1.4 for the whole war. But what about data for different stages of the war? (this ratio wasn't constant after ...
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What are the written sources for chinese history? [on hold]

I ve no idea how many sources there are, but certainly there are a small number of written sources that are exceptionally important for historiograhy. Could you provide this thread with the names of ...
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Why did Hitler hate Jews? [duplicate]

why hitler and his Nazis and germans hates the Jews, Why hitler has provoked people to hate (if he really provokes) jews. And why did he spend lot of time and money to kill the jews instead of doing ...
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Taiwan & Blood Type [on hold]

Why do websites in Taiwan ask for my blood type when I try to sign-up as member/user? One site does not even get it right. You have one choice only, either A, B, AB, O, or RH-.
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When did the Great Purge start?

In what month of what year did the Great Purge begin in the Soviet Union? Wikipedia's individual page says it it started in 1934, but if I Google search for "Great Purge" and "1934," nothing much ...
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When did private fighting become a capital offense in Japan?

In "Might Makes Right: Just war and just warfare in early medieval Japan", Karl Friday mentions that bushi (warriors) who violated decrees banning fighting were exiled or imprisoned under pre-Edo ...
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Were there any conquests that Ancient Rome undertook explicitly to gain control of a natural resource?

Was there ever a case when Rome conquered a territory solely for the purpose of gaining control of a specific resource (spice, ore, timber, etc....)? I'm looking for something backed up by historical ...
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What was the size of surface of a cereal crop needed per man per year during the Dark Ages in Western Europe?

If I'm a peasant during the dark ages, what surface (in meters (<- I am in advance on my time)) I need to farm to get enough cereal (for bread and brew) ? how many cereals (in kg (<- again, I'm ...
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What mechanisms made Stalinism triumphant in Russia? [on hold]

What mechanisms would you guys think made Stalinism triumphant? Firstly, what do you guys think, was Stalinism totalitarian? Was Stalin the absolute ruler over the totality of society and politics? ...
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What were the individual soldiers motivated by during World War 1?

A history book will tell you that the First World War was started due to the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and a tangled mess of alliances and defensive treaties criss-crossing ...
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What preparations went into the Tehran Conference of 1943?

The Tehran Conference during World War 2 was a hugely important meeting, and perhaps more importantly, a hugely dangerous proposition. Having all those leaders together in one place risked utter ...
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Were most African slaves were castrated by the arabs in relation to the whole number? [on hold]

For different reasons black slaves were castrated by their arab masters. Searching for further information on this topic i could not find anything about exceptional rules. For instance my assumption ...
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When became turks finns? [on hold]

As you know turkish language is similar to turkish language, because finnish language derived from turkish, but changed a little so turks can nowadays only understand about 20 percent of finnish. What ...
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Is there any evidence of post-landbridge travel across the Bering Strait?

During the era of the landbridge across the Bering Strait, evidence suggests that people traveled from Asia to North America by foot, becoming the first humans in the Americas and the ancestors of the ...
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How long would it take the turkish army to conquer germany? [on hold]

Turkish army is similar powerfull to us-army and chinese-army. But that does not quantify how long in a real word scenario it would take to conquer germany.
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How would you explain to someone with a low IQ what an ideology is? [on hold]

In lyrics about turan and how turks founded the chinese dynasty there is a lot of mentioning of ideology. it is a word often heard but i can not understand its meaning in history, the wikipedia ...
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What toilet facilities were available at large formal gatherings in 19th century America?

I have seen many woodcuts and engravings of large groups of 19th century partygoers dressed in their finery enjoying themselves at parties or balls. Sooner or later in any gathering, nature calls. ...
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When were domesticated animals tethered on a pole with a rope?

Domestication of plants and animals are thought to have happened during the neolithic period, roughly between 13000-7000 years ago. Now I'm interested of the history of using rope and central pole to ...
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Why did Germany not attack Turkey during WW2?

Most of us might have heard something about the Geo-strategic position of Turkey. She connects two continents to each other and provides a bridge between the relatively advanced Europe and the ...
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Were any Egyptian pyramids designed to be half an octahedron?

Are there Egyptian pyramids which were modeled to resemble half an octahedron? Do the angles of some pyramids correspond to angles of an octahedron? For those who don't know what an octahedron is: ...
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Why did Spain not participate in World War I?

Spain was losing influence in America for the previous 100 years, and there was a recent Spanish-American war. So how could have Spain remained neutral? Why could Spain not find a place in the ...
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What are modern theoretical approaches towards history? [on hold]

There were/are different ways to describe history and what the most important forces are behind history. some say "history is the result of great men", some "history can be only understood under the ...
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Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?

He violently persecuted genetics. Why? Here is one notable example: Vavilov repeatedly criticised the non-Mendelian concepts of Trofim Lysenko, who won the support of Joseph Stalin. As a ...
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What aspects of Soviet life were not controlled by Stalin?

Stalinism controlled social life through propaganda, political life through the use of political crime and the politicization of life and the workers life, with proletarianism dominating all aspects ...
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When does chinese history begin taking modern historiographic requirements into consideration? [on hold]

I would like to know when and why a certain time and its historic sources might fulfill the requirements of modern understanding of history.
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When did it become openly known that Wilson supported the Balfour Declaration?

According to this source he agreed with the declaration about one month before it was published. ...
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Why didn't Gengis Khan invade India?

Gengis Khan conquered more land than anyone else but after looking at a map of the Mongolian empire I noticed he never invaded India Why might he have chosen not to do so?
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When was the term “Dravida” first used and what is the context with which it was presented? [on hold]

The term Dravida has been found in many contexts across language, people, architecture, politics, culture etc. While I find various material in various contexts, I am not able to find out the answer ...
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What are other obvious samples in history where political/religious leaders try to shape religion to their need

This question is inspired by What were Hitler's religious beliefs? So they have well documented records on how Hitler actually tried to change/replace christianity. What other similar records ...
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Were there in the USSR monasteries decorated with Soviet orders?

Were there in the USSR monasteries decorated with Soviet decorations, particularly, the Order of the Red Banner?
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Why did Hitler not invade Sweden?

I was looking over a map of where the Nazis invaded and they never attacked Sweden. I was wondering why since it seems like a much better strategic move than invading Russia. Why might they have ...
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How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?

Are there any sources or reports which explain how close the country was to collapsing under the Nazi assault? By 'collapse' I mean 'completely lacking either the willpower (as seen by France in 1940 ...
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To what extent were religious groups persecuted in the Soviet Union?

I understand that many churches were destroyed and even many priests arrested and executed, but how widespread was the violence across the entirety of the Soviet Union?
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What races are being depicted in this American WWII cartoon?

No racial intolerance - it causes dangerous disunity. We're all Americans! The cartoon, recently publicised by this tweet, has seven children dancing around a US flag. The child in the yellow ...
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Where and when stuntman Ian B. Jamieson performed in Poland in '80?

I've these 3 old pictures of mine: So my question is: Where and when stuntman Ian Bruce Jamieson performed in Poland? Some known details: The pictures are from around 1986 taken in Szczecin, ...
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What is the edition/version of this book (Pensées De Pascal)?

Full Title: Pensées De Pascal précédées de sa vie Par Mme Perier, Sa Soeur Suivies D'Un Choix Des Pensées De Nicole Et De Son Traité De La Paix Avec Les Hommes (This is all one of the first ...
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What race were the invading Turkish armies of Anatolia? [on hold]

I only ask because the vast majority of Turkey speaks an Altaic language, but they look completely different from Turkic-language speakers in Central Asia, i.e. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Altai Republic, ...
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When did the parole of prisoners of war become unacceptable?

Prisoners of war in earlier centuries, especially officers, could be given temporary or permanent freedom in return for various conditions: A parole. This overlaps with the modern civilian use of ...
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What Happened to Hacker Culture After 1970?

"Hacker Culture" centers mainly around being really good at something for its own sake, especially in programming. I've read a lot about it, but what I read suggests that Hacker Culture no longer ...
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Were there international Islamist movements before the US started supporting islamists in Afghanistan? [on hold]

Were there international Islamist movements before the US started supporting islamists during the USSR's war in Afghanistan?

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