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What is the earliest example of the usage of 'Nazis' to refer clearly and exclusively to the National-Socialists?

The term 'Nazi' is now commonly explained as being an abbreviation of 'National-Socialist'. That was not always the case. The use of the term Nazi is a well-established convention in English. It ...
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What was life like in the 1920s to 1930s in Bruno, Saskatchewan?

What was the population, demographics, and types of services that they would have had? Looking for an overview of that whole area during the 1920s and '30s. Would most babies been born at a ...
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Did ancient Germans take pride in leaving the land untouched?

I remember reading something along those lines, perhaps in the De Bello Gallico. Can anyone provide source material to confirm this? EDIT: I think the claim was also that the tribes there were ...
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When Lehman Brothers collapsed, what happened to their clients?

For example, let's say a teacher held $10,000 in the account and another $10,000 in shares of other companies (LEH acting as a broker). Was the teacher able to get her money back after the Lehman ...
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Why did the French not invest much in the stock market prior to 1990?

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_d%27%C3%A9pargne_en_actions says: Le PEA a été créé en 1992 afin d'encourager l'investissement en bourse des particuliers, notoirement bas en France. Google ...
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Did the Axis engage in trade with other countries during the war?

In Europe, Germany had occupied several countries while actively being at war with the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and the United States while Japan had been expanding through most the ...
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Why was the IRT Flushing line built with three sets of tracks, instead of two or four?

Why was the IRT Flushing Line built with three sets of tracks, instead of two or four? (If you don't understand this, please see the addendum below) More generally, when are trains lines typically ...
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What is the source for this Leonardo Da Vinci quote?

"Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world."  Where exactly does this Leonardo Da Vinci quote come from? Was it part of a larger paragraph - if so ...
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Hugh Dowding v. William Sholto Douglas? [closed]

Would Hugh Dowding have been a better tactician against the London Blitz (night bombing) as compared to William Sholto Douglas?
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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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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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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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Why does Russia have so many cities in Siberia and Far East? [closed]

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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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Well poisoning: time frame until usable again? [closed]

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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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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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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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? [closed]

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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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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Why did the Kingdom of Hawaii remain stagnant during an invasion?

Back in 1893, the Marshal of the Kingdom of Hawaii was tipped that an imminent coup was coming, therefore the Marshal requested the Kingdom to be put under martial law. The queen denied the request ...
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Did the citizens of US really back the declaration of war on Japanese Empire as it was implied by F.D. Roosevelt in his Pearl Harbor Speech? [closed]

December 7th, 1941, was the date that was to live in infamy, as mentioned by F.D. Roosevelt in his Pearl Harbor speech. Overall, the speech was quite straightforward in its goal: assurance to the ...
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Largest congressional letter writing campaign in US history?

In the United States, there is a system where folks can write letters to their representative and senators in congress to bring attention to a particular issue, sometimes as a timely event or a hot-...
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Was the US debt free in 1776, as Thomas Paine claimed in “Common Sense”?

In the pamphlet's fourth chapter “Of the Present Ability of America, with Some Miscellaneous Reflections” Paine wrote that the US had no debt. However, "Common Sense" was published in 1776, by which ...
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What was Peter Pond's life like earlier and why did people think he was capable of murdering two people and being violent? [closed]

There aren’t many documentations left of Peter Pond's life, although one of the things he is accused of are two murders. According to the article "Map Maker of the Northwest", it is said that he ...
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What are some of the earliest examples of welfare states?

I was reading about Welfare States and came across this on Wikipedia: Emperor Ashoka of India put forward his idea of a welfare state in the 3rd century BCE. [...] The concepts of welfare and ...
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Which countries/empires other than European/US saw an active movement to abolish slavery?

Note: There is a similar question about ancient times, prior to 500 AD. So I'll fix the timeline for this question from 500 AD to the time of abolition of slavery in USA. I've learned (despite best ...
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What was the evidence against Peter Pond who was accused of ordering John Ross’s murder?

In 1786 Peter Pond, a map maker, returned from his expedition. John Ross had a dispute with him, because Ross came to compete with Pond. In 1787 John Ross was killed and the accused man, who ...
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Did Jamsetji Tata write a letter to Swami Vivekananda?

Many sites 1, 2, ... claim that Jamsetji Tata wrote a letter to Swami Vivekananda on 23rd November, 1898.  Is it true that Jamshedji Tata wrote such a letter?
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Do we have any evidence of humans being outcompeted/extirpated from an environment by another animal? [closed]

I'm not quite sure how far back the reach of History SE travels, but I thought I'd push my luck! As the question asks really. Do we have any evidence that suggests homo sapiens or any of our close ...
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Was Gajah Mada of Raijua descent?

I first encountered the claim at a presentation by Geneviève Duggan at the Jakarta Institut Français d'Indonésie, in which she relayed a book of 2005 by Robert Riwu Kaho, probably titled Orang Sabu ...
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Is the following claim concerning the loss of classical Latin literature substantiated?

I first came across an uncommonly precise claim that "94% of classical Latin literature was lost during the transition period of late antiquity" while listening to Peter Adamson's History of ...
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World War II Standing Orders

I remember reading that Hitler had a standing order in place that if anyone should capture Clark Gable, who was flying in bomber crews over Germany, that Gable must NOT be harmed and must be brought ...

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