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What authority did the Catholic Church have over European Monarchs 900AD - 1450AD

I recently described the Catholic Church as a super power during the Middle Ages and was surprised a respected member of the board (LangLangC) objected to that characterization and thought the ...
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How could I determine the value of a a 1921 Yuan Shikai Chinese silver dollar? [closed]

I have a 1921 Yuan Shikai Chinese silver dollar. What is the history of this coin, and how could I determine the worth/value of my coin?
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Role of religion in the dark ages? [closed]

What role did religion play in the daily life of communities in the Dark Ages, hundreds of years after the fall of the Roman Empire?
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How have African countries kept the boundaries divided by colonists and countries unified for decades, despite the many ethnical groups and conflicts?

How have sub-Saharan African countries generally kept the boundaries divided by the previous colonists and kept countries unified for decades, despite the many ethnical groups and conflicts between ...
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Can anyone identify the regiment and rank from this WWI photograph?

I am trying to identify the person in this WWI era photograph. I believe it may be my great great uncle John Hunt Marshall born Dec 29 1893 in Motherwell, Scotland. He graduated with a BSc from the ...
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Have any countries peacefully merged into one country? [closed]

Have any countries peacefully merged into one country? I am particularly interested if a modern example exists.
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Who is depicted in this Soleimani propaganda image?

While reading news and analytics about Soleimani and the fuss his death made, there is a teaser image, where I cannot identify the shown persons. The news is in German, which can be found on telepolis....
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Does Iran or Saudi Arabia have more regional influence in the Middle East? [migrated]

I have read about the Iran-Saudi Arabia proxy conflict and I would like to know who has more regional influence in the Middle East in terms of political and cultural influence, Iran or Saudi Arabia?
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Why were so many more Jewish men than Jewish women killed during the Holocaust?

On the Wikipedia page Jewish Women in the Holocaust, it says: Of the estimated six million Jews who were killed1 during the Holocaust, 2 million of them were women.2 Conversely, this means that ...
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Why was Saturnino Martín Cerezo honored by the Spanish government?

Saturnino Martín Cerezo (page not available in English) a lieutenant in the Spanish army, was involved in the famous Siege of Baler, in which a small contingent of Spanish soldiers held out against ...
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What was the military background of the Irish company at the Siege of Jadotville?

During the Siege of Jadotville, the Irish "A" company under Quinlan's command and UN mandate seems to have fought pretty well. It is especially mentioned in the linked article a good capacity in ...
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Which pagan story inspired the Massacre of the Innocents? [closed]

In the New Testament, the "Massacre of the Innocents" is the incident in the nativity narrative of the Gospel of Matthew (2:16-18) in which Herod the Great, king of Judea, orders the execution of all ...
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How many G8 mercenaries were executed by African countries? [closed]

How extensive was the use of white mercenaries in the post-colonial troubles in Africa? : AskHistorians Several American and British mercenaries were executed after being sentenced to death by ...
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Why weren't mercenaries from G20 countries prosecuted, or lose their citizenship? [closed]

How probable was losing citizenship for these mercenaries? I'm referring to just those mercenaries who did return to their native country. See the embolded sentence. Why did G20 country intentionally ...
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Were the countries that gave the mercenaries to support the rebels held accountable? [closed]

E.g., in the 2016 movie The Siege of Jadotville, Francophone Caucasian soldiers were fighting along Africans. ELI5:The French Foreign Legion and the Siege of Jadotville : explainlikeimfive But ...
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Why was René Faulques so honored by France if he attacked for a dictator against ONUC? [closed]

I'm interested in second opinions to this r/ELI5. I just finished watching the 2016 movie The Siege of Jadotville in which a group of Irish soldiers under UN orders defend a town against a group of ...
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What was the point of tricking kids into joining various pointless competitions where only very few will ever win anything? [closed]

Growing up in the 1990s, all kinds of comic magazines (e. g., Donald Duck) for kids had these "competitions" advertised by the magazine itself, or by an external company buying ad space (full page). ...
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When did humans develop the ability to sail any direction regardless of wind direction?

When did humans develop the sail technology and skills to be able to use the wind to sail in any direction, including using techniques such as beating to effectively sail into the wind? I checked ...
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Were Israeli-Arab conflicts in the Cold war testing grounds for NATO and Warsaw Pact equipment?

During the Cold War, Israel and it's Arab neighbors often came into conflict with each other and fought a number of wars during which Israel often used weaponry from the West (USA, UK and France) ...
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Is there a database of ancient/current names of cities?

I am working on map of Ancient Etruscan civilization and I can't identify the exact location of Spica city. Based on minimap from Wikipedia page about Etruscan civilization, the city should lie about ...
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Was Yahweh a god in a possible Edomite Pantheon?

I understand from the Bible, from the Wikipedia articles Yahweh and Yahwism and from lectures of various scholars that polytheism was practiced by at least some religious leaders, priests, kings and ...
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What is the minimum safe speed when dropping depth charges?

What is the minimum safe speed when dropping depth charges - especially if they are set for shallow depth ? I wonder if a slow merchant man really can use depth charges in a safe manner i.e. without ...
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Have any major building projects recouped their costs from tourism?

Many building projects throughout history seem to have been economically ill-advised. For instance, Wikipedia identifies the construction of the Dolmabahçe Palace as one of the factors contributing to ...
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Why are stamps put in the top-right corner of post?

I've recently been sending a few letters and one of them has not been delivered yet, and I don't think I stuck the stamp in the top-right corner of the letter. So does it matter if a stamp is not ...
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When did the US start using sniper + spotter teams, rather than solo snipers?

The US sniper teams are a definite trope of TV and movies, but historically many armies have used solo snipers, without the spotter. When I look for info, I either find gun info, sniper statistics or ...
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Were armed merchantmen effective against submarines?

The armed merchantman Jervis Bay was no match for the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer in a ship to ship duel. Nevertheless, the merchantman put up a brave fight lasting over an hour, allowing ...
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What words were spoken about oaths by US supreme court justices presiding over previous presidential impeachments?

The motivation for my Politics SE question US Chief Justice Roberts' choices of “in conformity with” and “in conformance with” during the swearing in at the Senate includes my assumption that the ...
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Why did Persia adopt the movable-type printing so late?

According to Iranica, the first books in Persian characters were published in Leiden in 1639, almost 200 years after Gutenberg's invention, and in Asia it was used even before that. Given that Persia ...
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What did Moritz Ormai forge and what happened to him?

In October 1910, the Austro-Hungarian embassy requested that the United States extradite a certain Moritz Ormai, the charge being forgery. The request was granted, as noted in this letter to the US ...
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Interpreting two recent studies on Aryan Invasion/Migration theory?

Few months ago two studies published here in Cell and Science respectively and lot of authors in both the studies are common. The science paper starts with By sequencing 523 ancient humans, ...
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Has the majority ever seceded?

I am curious if there are any historical examples whereby the territorial and/or demographic majority of a country seceded from a minority as perhaps they realize maintaining it is more trouble than ...
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Why, in general, did the racist theories perceived Germanic as superior? [closed]

I am aware that probably we have tons of examples of racist theories that do not put the Germanic peoples in the top. However, I find it remarkable that most of the proponents of scientific racism in ...
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What was Pope Innocent VIII's reaction to the Edict of Expulsion of the Jews in 1492?

What was the reaction of the Pope of the Catholic Church to the Edict of Expulsion of the Jews of Spain on March 31, 1492? Did Pope Innocent VIII (d. July 25, 1492) condemn publicly Spain's decree? ...
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What would an ancient Greek village (small settlement) have looked like?

Context: I am preparing a D&D campaign, and because I find "medieval western europe fantasy land" to be a bit over-used, I'd like to make my setting more of an ancient greek setting. However, ...
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How did Jerusalem function as an ancient city without a major water source? [closed]

Jerusalem seems to be an exception to the rule that all ancient cities must either be on a river or freshwater lake. First settlement is estimated at 3500 BC. The nearest major river as far as I can ...
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What actually happened during the elephant duel (Songkram Yutahatti) between King Naresuan of Ayutthaya/Siam and Mingy Swa of Hongsawadee/Burma?

Before we start, I just want to say that I find Thai history and the history of Southeast Asia in general to be extremely fascinating and interesting. I think that it’s just as interesting as Chinese ...
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What was the purpose of each project site during the Manhattan Project?

I'm looking for an answer as to what the purpose of each project site was during the Manhattan Project. The following image illustrates (but only includes some of the sites) where each site was ...
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Is individual level data from British India censuses (1881 - 1941) available?

If not, was there ever a record of this available? What happened to these records? If available, where can I find them?
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How much support did America give to the scientists working on the Manhattan Project?

How much support did America give to the scientists working on the Manhattan Project, be it financial or otherwise? Did physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer who headed the project to develop the atomic ...
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Is the Disme or the Flowing Hair Dollar the considered the first official U.S coin?

The disme was first minted in 1792 but later turned in to dime with that being said the flowing hair dollar was first minted in 1794 which its size and weight were based on the Spanish dollar, vs the ...
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How important were Einstein and Szilard and other scientists to the creation and ultimate success of the Manhattan Project?

How important was Einstein and Szilard and other scientists to the creation and ultimate success of the Manhattan Project? I understand that the Einstein-Szilard letter to President Roosevelt ...
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Apart from Veer Savarkar and S.A. Dange, were there any Indian revolutionaries who filed mercy petitions to the British?

In today's Indian politics, it is often pointed out by anti-Hindutva political parties that Veer Savarkar, an Indian freedom fighter and founder of the Hindutva philosophy, wrote mercy petitions to ...
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What was the total megatonnage of all munitions expended in World War 2?

I'm wondering about the total megatonnage of all munitions expended during World War Two in all theaters. I've seen estimates of 2, 3 and 5, but no concrete cited sources for a specific number.
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Did the fear of a militarily trained populace help motivate western leaders to offer social reform after WW2 [closed]

Did the fear of a militarily trained populace help motivate western leaders to offer social reform after WW2? I remember our history teacher saying something to this effect many years ago. I think we ...
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Is this costume plate from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum correctly colored?

I have been spending some time lately going through some old atlases online, and noticed some discrepancies between some images coloration. We have noted on another question that the individual ...
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Has the US ever been accused of using chemical weapons? [closed]

Even though the use of white phosphorous and depleted uranium as weapons, and also cluster munitions, are all uniquely terrible and banned, the US military openly uses them. Depending on the ...
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What was Singapore's population in 1290-1396, 1511-1699?

Michael Barr calls 1290-1396 and 1511-1699 Singapore's first and second periods of prosperity. Are there any estimates of Singapore's population during these two periods? (Even rough orders of ...
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Do biographies have theses? [closed]

I have always heard that writing must have a thesis or argument, but despite being interested in life writing for a long time, I have never been able to answer a central question: do biographies have ...
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Civil WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION [closed]

Explain how Reconstruction opened up political opportunities and other leadership roles to former slaves, But ultimately failed, due to both determined Southern resistance (But ultimately failed, ...
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Did people in the late 1800s and earlier really think that there would be, or already exist, “mechanical men”?

I've very often been wondering about how people used to think "back in the day" about all kinds of technical things. For example, once it was common knowledge that factories existed, and most people ...

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