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Nov
26
comment Where did Batista announce his resignation?
I think it was the Havana Hilton, which later became Castro's headquarters, but I can't seem to be able to find any sources. There wasn't any big announcement, Batista told a couple of people and then sneaked out.
Nov
22
comment How did Castro gain control over the Cuban military and police?
Thanks @mgkrebbs.
Nov
17
comment How did Castro gain control over the Cuban military and police?
@TomAu The majority of the rank and file of the Cuban army was pro Batista when Batista came to power. Batista, with his at times completely nonsensical behaviour, managed to lose their support in the following years. Or, if you will, Castro managed to make them switch sides.
Nov
17
comment How did Castro gain control over the Cuban military and police?
@LennartRegebro Castro disbanded the army, indeed. But disbanding the army is just an order, if the army was in a position to resist, they could have just refused the order.
Nov
6
comment Were the heavy war reparations on Germany after World War I the main cause of its hyperinflation in 1923?
@curious Ah, but other countries didn't resort to borrowing (at least not as much as Germany did). France, for example, supported its war effort through taxation (creating war time taxes, etc).
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.