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Evaluate the role of two leaders in the emergence of two absolutist states in Early Modern Europe [on hold]

I need help fast can someone answer the question below Evaluate the role of two leaders in the emergence of two absolutist states in Early Modern Europe.
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Have any astronauts or cosmonauts died in space?

When I lived on the Space Coast I overheard gossip that one or more cosmonauts died in space. Is there any truth to this? I’m not asking about deaths from those disasters like Challenger, Columbia, ...
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Why do we go to war? / Could slaver happen again [on hold]

I mean ok, I'm not dumb and there are important reasons for some wars but some are just dumb, is there not another answer that could possibly save our people. What if in the future we came up with ...
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What is the historical significance of spoilt votes?

In discussions about voting, it is often claimed that voting with an intentionally spoilt ballot sends a message to the candidates while not voting at all signifies indifference and your concerns as a ...
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Were there any times in the past century when traumatic events within companies led to large mergers with their rivals? [on hold]

Any times in the 20th century or later when two large rival companies merged into one because of something traumatic or untimely within them. What kind of events trigger things like this to happen?
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Where was the Battle of Clontarf recorded? [on hold]

The Battle of Clontarf is a battle in Ireland between the Irish and vikings, but where is this information recorded and in what books? How do we know this information?
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How and when did the Tarim River / Basin get its name?

I recently posted a question on Linguistics:SE asking for a proper etymology of the name "Tarim" as in "Tarim Basin", as well as the name's possible connection with Tocharian (Please see the ...
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What problems did the United States faced after becoming independent? [on hold]

What problems did the United States faced after becoming independent? Did any other countries after World War 2 face the same problems? I have been able to find some problems that the United States ...
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Why does Russia have so many cities in Siberia and Far East?

If one takes a casual glance at the Russian population census data, he or she would be astonished to find that a significant part of the Russian population is actually not concentrated west of the ...
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Was the west bank of the Nile farmed in Ancient Egypt?

This seems like a simple question, but I couldn't find an answer that would have used the detail I was hoping. So, the background: I've been going through Bob Brier's 'The History of Ancient Egypt' ...
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What kill ratio would Nazi Germany need in 1945 to win? [on hold]

What kill ratio would Nazi Germany need in 1945 to win? I am guessing around 100 to 1. They actually came close to this I think in aircraft.
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How many of the secret agents betrayed by Aldrich Ames were executed during Gorbachev's tenure?

Basically, I've always been a big fan of Gorbachev and, knowing that the CIA spies spying on the USSR were betrayed right before his arrival on the Soviet political scene, I was wondering if he had ...
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Is there any historical evidence of a significant population of middle eastern people in iron age Northern Germany/Southern Scandinavia?

In at least two of John McWhorter's works, he argues that the Germanic language group was heavily affected by a significant group of people speaking a Semitic language. The works are the book "Our ...
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Was Lithuania civilized or tribal before Christianization in the 14th century? [on hold]

Was Lithuania, in the period before Christianization in the 14th century, civilized like the "Holy Roman Empire" or tribal like Samis? Is there any illustration showing how they looked?
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When did we stop diluting wine?

In ancient Rome, wine was drunk diluted with water, as discussed in this question. When did it become common practice not to dilute wine, but to drink it as is? I tried to look, and found nothing ...
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How many British people died due to war/trading activity in the East India Company (EIC)

Are there estimates that give an approximation of the total number of casualities per year or at least per decade (e.g. in the way Wrigley and Schofield report outmigration numbers in their Population ...
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Who, if anyone, was the first astronaut to return to earth in a different vessel?

I assume, with the advent of the ISS, it is common for astronauts to return to earth in a different capsule to the one on which they arrived. (I may be wrong) but do we know who the first person or ...
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Where did John Adams write of the night he shared a bed and an argument with Benjamin Franklin? Did Franklin write of it as well?

The BBC News article Viewpoint: Why Trump may win his legal fight over border wall it says: American politics have not been so bitter and divided since Benjamin Franklin and John Adams were forced ...
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Books about fall of the Roman republic

I found it surprisingly difficult to find highly recommended books about the later years of the Roman republic. Can you recommend some books that concentrate on the fall of the republic, the causes ...
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Key points for a speech on Capitalism [on hold]

I was given an English task in which the teacher has asked us to do a presentation/speech on Capitalism. The thing is he didn't specify which aspects (historical, economical and the political) we ...
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Has anyone created a binary calendar?

Wondering if anyone has ever tried to make a calendar where everything is a power of 2, so maybe the day is divided into 16 and the hour is divided into 64, etc.
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Did Woodland period Native Americans seek/value gold prior to European Colonization?

Did Native Americans actively or passively seek out and/or value gold prior to the arrival of Europeans? Presumably they were not actively mining for gold. But did they seek it out (perhaps in river ...
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Why did Radio stations put 3 minutes limit for program a song in 1970's? [on hold]

There is a dialogue in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) movie which has 1970 storyline: Not possible. Anything over three minutes...and the radio stations won't program it, period. Why did Radio ...
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How did the Reign of Terror and Robespierre influence the world? [on hold]

More specifically, how did the Reign of Terror and Robespierre, transform a society, influenced international relations, etc. I want to know some of the long term and short term effects. I know ...
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Is the scarlet letter 'A' a real historical thing?

I've heard someone say something like: It's not a scarlet letter, it's not a mark on your forehead you keep for life. Obviously this was said in terms of permanency of a badge of shame, or ...
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What are some Chinese sources testifying the extreme weather events of 535-536 CE?

The Wikipedia page Extreme weather events of 535–536 lists under "Documentary evidence" that: Low temperatures, even snow during the summer (snow reportedly fell in August in China during the ...
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Good books for overview of world history? [on hold]

I suppose I would describe myself as someone who has only a casual interest in historical detail but I'm interested in understanding how different periods in history fit together. Specifically, I like ...
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Well poisoning: time frame until usable again? [on hold]

How long did it take for a well to be usable again after removing the carcass from it? Did it make the well unusable for years?
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Is this movie “History of the World: Every Year” credible?

I love history and one thing, which was showed to me recently in a university course, helped very much to arrange things in my mind. I'm talking about a video of the map world year by year - History ...
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Did Francis de Sales try to bribe Theodore Beza?

Source. The relevant quote. Money, all-powerful in this poor country, seemed to him so irresistible as an argument, that he went to Geneva to try and buy over old Theodore Beza, by offering him a ...
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What caused Thomas Paine to put such a high priority on independence of the Thirteen Colonies? [closed]

He was raised in England and lived there for a long time. I know that he met with Benjamin Franklin in London, but what could Franklin possibly say to completely turn him against his homeland? I ...
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Question about Native Americans and their reputation [closed]

I've read a few books by James Fenimore Cooper and have researched the first pilgrims of America and the pioneers that explored the continent. In my opinion, the savage reputation the natives received ...
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Was the Weimar Republic referred to as such by contemporaries?

Recently I've noticed the tendency to refer to certain areas which were historically under that administration as the Weimar Republic (e.g. Wikipedia: Helmut Kohl 'Born Helmut Josef Michael Kohl, 3 ...
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Where did the stereotype of Asians being bad drivers came from and how did it expand? (if it's not an internet phenomenon)

I'd like to know the historic start of such a stereotype and how it expanded, if it is really something that comes from before and it's not just some internet phenomenon (which may be). I'm linking ...
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Did families heading west ever settle along the Oregon Trail (instead of at the final destination)?

The history of the Oregon Trail is well known, in that thousands of people used the trail (and other similar routes) to emigrate to western areas of the United States. What isn't clear to me, however, ...
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When did England make a statute that barred foreigners from inheriting the throne?

According to Iain Moncreiffe in his book The Highland Clans, he says this. “By the fourteenth century it had become common law (in both England and Scotland) that a person who was not born in the ...
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What are some of ancient maps created from a single perspective?

Years ago I read that other civilizations had maps like that of the Herodotus, naming lands or peoples according to cardinal directions but without referring to them as continent or ethnicity. But ...
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Were communists opposed to Jews in France?

After reading the very insightful question to what extent were the Jewish persecuted during the Soviet Union and its first two answers reminded me my high school History classes to the extent that the ...
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When transcendentalist gets married, as many of them have, does that mean that they are no longer true to their beliefs? [closed]

According to transcendentalism individual should value power of individualism, independence and personal freedom. Although, many of the transcendentalists have been married which brings up the ...
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What was the importance of the Hetch Hetchy Valley? [closed]

The building of the Hetch Hetchy dam caused a large amount of controversy and debate. At the time, Hetch Hetchy was an isolated, seldom visited subalpine valley, visited intermittently by gold ...
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Did Napoleon III reserve a special set of aluminum cutlery for special guests?

Slate (2010): the minor emperor Napoleon III reserved a prized set of aluminum cutlery for special guests at banquets. (Less favored guests used gold knives and forks.) I see the above claim (or ...
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How long does trace back the way of writing through pronounciation as seen in the Journals of Peter Pond?

Peter Pond, a great cartographer at his time in the 18th century, was a man who had little knowledge about the grammar that we are currently using. The way he wrote down his thoughts is somewhat ...
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Has any other land cartographer travelled more mileage than David Thompson? [closed]

In a book A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land by Adam Shoalts, the conclusion of the life of this great explorer is put as follows: "David Thompson, born a poor ...
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Was Rachel Carson the first person to discover the environmental impact of fertilizers? If not, why was she the first one to talk about it publicly? [on hold]

Rachel Carson was a marine biologist, environmentalist and a writer who alerted the world to the environmental impact of fertilizers and pesticides. When she discovered the impact of pesticides and ...
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Were John Muir's ideas about nature and equality challenged during his lifetime? If so, what were the main arguments?

John Muir strongly believing that God made all living beings, from biggest mammals to microscopic creatures, equal on this planet. He was also nature conservationist and believed that people damaged ...
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Isn't G.H.W. Bush's speech on inaugural address offensive and provocative on those who are not religious? [closed]

At the very beginning of his speech he says that he's first act as a president is a prayer. "I ask you to bow your heads" and then continues his speech with gratitude. As being a leader of such great ...
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Did explorers from different countries map North America's lands in packs? How did they divide and claim the newly discovered land for their country?

While many countries sent explorers to the New World to claim the uncharted lands, find gold and trade, did explorers in North America work in groups even though they were from different countries? ...
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Why did the Queen of Hawai'i surrender, when two thirds of the registered voters were in favour of signing the new constitution in 1893?

While drafting a new constitution, the Cabinet refused to sign it, even though two thirds of the native Hawaiians were supporting it. The fear of bloodshed made her surrender. When the Queen would ...

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