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Nov
6
comment Were the heavy war reparations on Germany after World War I the main cause of its hyperinflation in 1923?
Don't have time for a full answer now, but it wasn't only the reparations. Germany had supported all its war effort through loans, and thus the Mark was declining even before the end of the war.
Nov
3
comment Is there any evidence Chairman Mao restricted or confiscated guns?
@LennartRegebro Why? At its core, it's a history question. It could work on Skeptics, but I don't see why it's off topic here.
Nov
3
comment Is there any evidence Chairman Mao restricted or confiscated guns?
@EvanCarroll If you google "Mao gun control" you'll find quite a few sources (of questionable value, but enough to show that you've at least tried researching your question before posting it).
Nov
3
comment Is it true that Spartan soldiers fought naked?
@DVK Heavy cavalry was introduced in Ancient Greece by the Thebans, around 370 BC, with great success. They effectively ended the Spartan hegemony in a single battle (Leuktra), with their heavy cavalry being a major factor in their win.
Nov
2
comment What happened to the wealth of the Rothschild banking family?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothschild_family#Modern_business
Oct
31
comment Why did Xerxes choose Hellespont over Bosphorus?
@LennartRegebro Sure, I only mentioned the actual width at the Hellespont bridge because I was bored to look for the width of the Bosphorus one ;)
Oct
30
comment Why did Xerxes choose Hellespont over Bosphorus?
The lengths of the modern bridges are irrelevant. The length of the proposed bridge at the Hellespont may be 2Km, but that's the total length, which includes elevated interchanges and tolls. The actual distance of the crossing at Çanakkale is 1.4Km.
Oct
23
comment Is history always written by the victors?
This isn't correct. First, the Greeks won the Greco-Persian Wars, you can't really claim the history of the battle was written by the losers just because the Greeks happened to lose there. Second, I'm not aware of any notable source that claims there were only 300 defenders at Thermopylae. The number is the number of (free) Spartans that fought in the battle, not the total of the defending Greeks.
Oct
21
comment What actual proof is there for Carthaginian child sacrifice?
@JeroenK Well, not always: Is history always written by the victors? ;P
Oct
15
comment Which sources should I believe regarding CV-8 Hornet?
Voting to close. I'm afraid your question isn't exactly clear, and from the parts I understand it seems to be more about conspiracy theories than factual history (therefore, off topic for this site).
Oct
13
comment First-hand sources for medieval urban life in central Europe
I think there's a difference between asking for reference material and primary sources, @SamuelRussell. This is indeed a list-y question, but I don't think we risk ending up with a huge list of everyone's favourite book (which is what the guideline is trying to prevent).
Oct
13
comment First-hand sources for medieval urban life in central Europe
The broader definition of Middle Ages spans 10 centuries, answers about the 5th century will be very different from answers about the 15th. Could you please narrow this down a bit? Also, some geographical limits would be helpful.
Oct
7
comment How many Axis troops fought on D-Day?
I'm with @LateralFractal on this one, and already voted to re-open. However, it would be very helpful if all the information from the comments were moved into the question, especially the various estimates. user2976 please update your question to tell us what you found in your sources and to include what people found for you in the comments.
Oct
6
comment Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
You are forgetting Peter III of Russia, who reigned between Elizabeth and Catherine. Although his reign was short lived, he withdrew from the Seven Years War and restored relationships with Prussia (and Frederick). When Catherine took the throne, Prussia was Russia's ally.
Oct
5
comment What happened to the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church accumulated over the ages?
@LateralFractal There used to be an Economics.SE where this question would be on topic, but unfortunately it closed due to lack of interest / activity.
Oct
1
comment What was the first political document that invoked the interest or betterment of humanity?
This is a good answer, provided you've read The Republic. For all our visitors who haven't, a (short) paragraph explaining why you think The Republic qualifies as an answer to the question would be very useful.
Oct
1
comment Is Kemal Atatürk responsible for Armenian Genocide?
Being (partially) responsible and the one who may have ended it aren't mutually exclusive.
Sep
29
comment Why wasn't the American civil war fought between slaves and masters?
@user1709088 I wasn't offended by your question. I voted to close it because it didn't seem like you've done any research on your own before you asked it. A quick look at the related wikipedia article would have sufficed, and if you've read it you would have known that slavery wasn't the only reason for the war, or even the main one (as with any war, money was the main reason). In the future, please take some time to research your questions before you ask them. 10-15 minutes browsing wikipedia would be enough to get a basic idea of the topic.
Sep
26
comment Organisation of mercenaries
What better example? There's absolutely nothing in your "answer" that's answering the question, except a link to a random forum, full with unreferenced oneliners.
Sep
26
comment Organisation of mercenaries
And how's that even relevant? Should I answer all the questions on the site with examples from ancient Greece, cause that would be what a Greek would know best?