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Why couldn't the US persuade Russia, Japan's neighbor to the west, to let it attack Japan from its territory in the later years of WWII?

The U.S. sure did a lot of time-consuming island hopping to get to Japan's mainland, but Russia is right next to Japan on the west. Setting up a front next to Japan in Russia would have been very ...
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How much would 300 pounds (money value) weigh in Medieval England?

I remember reading a Robin Hood story as a child where the Sheriff of Nottingham rode though Sherwood forest, as I remember foolishly going alone, and Robin Hood robbed him of 300 pounds. And I ...
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Where can I find the calls made between Kita Ikki and the rebels in the Japanese February 26 incident?

While reading about the February 26 Incident I learnt that Kita Ikki knew of it and provided some support to the coup by phone. A documentary about Asian 20th century history contains a small portion ...
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Where can I find a comprehensive guide of West Bank churches?

As the title suggests, I am looking for a book or a paper, which contains lists with descriptions of Christian churches and monasteries in Palestine, hopefully across all denominations (i.e. Armenian, ...
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What caused the Roman phallus symbol to fall out of use?

In a lot of old Roman artifacts from statues to jewelry to even oil lamps, The phallus is often a prominent feature. From what I gather, it was used as symbol of power and protection. However, when ...
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What was the most expensive arson in history? — Was it the burning of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6)? [closed]

It was just reported that the USS Bonhomme Richard will be decommissioned; the repair costs would be $2.5 to 3.2 billion USD. The replacement cost, according to Wikipedia, would be $4 billion and ...
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How did WWI affect American soldiers? [closed]

I'm trying to find out more about the impact of World War I on American soldiers.
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Is the Cypress of Kashmar on display in Baghdad?

The Cypress of Kashmar was a sacred tree of the Zoroastrians. Apparently, according to the Shahnameh and other sources, it was planted by Zoroaster (or his patron) at the fire temple of Kashmar, and ...
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Is there any evidence of heterosexual men being sexually attracted to women breasts pre-Victorian history? [closed]

I read some articles which say men's sexual attraction to breasts (during sex or casually) is because culture/society started it. One relevant article is this. Women were told to hide breasts and ...
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Do most historians consider the enlightenment belief about human reason a precondition for democracy to emerge?

A key part of enlightenment values include “daring to know”: people should be encouraged to use their reason and think for themselves, rather than submit their intellect to be guided (or misled) by ...
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What are some examples of famous people in history who made big mistakes that they learnt from and this then led them to succeed? [closed]

I’m a primary school teacher in an inner London school in England. I’ve been talking with my class about how important it is to make mistakes and how we can learn from our mistakes to reach our goal. ...
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Should Hitler or Mussolini be held accountable for World War II? [closed]

Il Duce As far as I know, Hitler should hold accountability for World War II, but according το the attached link this isn't the case. The writer of the artcile is blaming Benito Mussolini instead. Is ...
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How widespread was the observance of the Jewish Sabbath among Christians during Early Christianity (A.D. 30–324)?

Question How widespread was the observance of the Jewish Sabbath among Christians during Early Christianity (A.D. 30–324)? Further Details As a reminder, the Jewish Sabbath is defined as: [...] the ...
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Does anyone know anything on the history or any other information on this dagger? [closed]

(click to enlarge) Looking for information on this dagger: its history, value or anything anyone can provide.
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What is the earliest known occurrence of woven rope mats / art?

I am curious as to the earliest recorded occurrence of woven rope mats such as the one below: Similar patterns can be seen in Celtic knotwork and the Insular art style in the 600's+. But I was ...
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Who actually built the “miraculous staircase” within the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico? [closed]

The "legendary" story of the "Miraculous Staircase" is that Saint Joseph was the primary builder. I believe that Saint Joseph was not the primary builder, due to his "...
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Making a character from the past [closed]

Good afternoon. I'm attempting to create a character for a piece I'm writing. I need a man who would have grown up in a village-like community, but would have access to written literature. Preferably ...
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When was the last time the US military came to the direct defense of an ally? [closed]

Much of the world relies on the US military umbrella for deterrence of, and if needed, protection from perceived threats; allowing many nations to forgo diverting significant tax dollars to their ...
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Where is Xenophilus' tomb?

Pliny the Elder wrote "The solitary instance of Xenophilus, the musician, who lived one hundred and five years without any infirmity of body, must be regarded then as a kind of miracle..." (...
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Can anyone identify these (possibly WW1 Polish) uniforms?

The only hint I have is that the gentlemen in the picture were Polish and it was reputed to have been taken in 1917. So far I suspect that they may be cavalry?
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Has any society in human history ever attempted to effectively “brainwash” its criminals as a form of “legal” punishment or rehabilitation?

This example has always made me wonder if anything of similar fashion has historically been implemented in the real world. The video serves only to illustrate the concept. My naive idea of "...
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Why did USSR allow US to acquire rutile from Soviet manufacturers to make weapons that were to be deployed against the Soviets? [duplicate]

The American SR71 reconnaissance aircraft, in the Cold War, was the counterpart of the Soviet Mig-25 playing the same role. It makes high use of Titanium dioxide (rutile). The developers sought a ...
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Why exactly eight days of mourning for Prince Philip’s death?

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh opted out for his state funeral. Thus, an 8-day mourning period was issued instead in the United Kingdom. I can’t figure out why that period was determined exactly in ...
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How did Barbra Streisand learn of the California Coastal Records image of her house, when it had only been downloaded 4 times before her counsel did?

The Streisand Effect got named because of Barbra Streisand learning about her house being in the California Coastal Records database and kicking up a huge fuss about it. But how did she discover that ...
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What made the post-Roman period worse than pre-Roman? [closed]

The period after the fall of the Roman Empire is rightly called the Dark Ages in Europe: there was a decline in education, safety and life expectancy. But at the lowest point of the Dark Ages, was ...
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Why were the diplomats in Thailand so complacent about Charles Sobhraj? [closed]

Forgive me if this isn’t the correct place for this question. Maybe Movies and TV or Politics would be more appropriate SX sites... I’ve just finished watching The Serpent, a BBC dramatisation of ...
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Why no Holy Roman Emperor ever accepted a name, coinciding with a name of a Roman Emperor? [closed]

For instance, no Holy Roman Emperor was named Constantine, or Alexander etc. On the other hand, many Byzantine emperors had names of previous Roman emperors (Constantine, Theodosios, Tiberios, ...
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What did it mean to be a Grecian in late-18th Century British schools?

Near the beginning of CS Forester's novel Mr Midshipman Hornblower, which begins in 1793, the titular Hornblower arrives on board his first ship, where the captain asks about his schooling: "How ...
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Why would 19th century parents make their babies wear stiffened bodices?

I found a free source of the German women's magazine "Der Bazar" which often contains patterns for sewing various items of clothing or decorative items. One particular issue (Der Bazar Nr. ...
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Is the Krishna (a god within Hinduism), an appropriated historical figure?

Some people on quora etc, put claims to redefine the events within in the Hinduism theology as verifiable & scientifically true historical events and in such an attempt, the Mythological narrative ...
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What was considered utility clothing before WW2?

The term Utility Clothing became associated with Britain's Utility Scheme during WW2. However, apparently such a "utility" in fashion seems to have been known even before this time. I came ...
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Did the Kayı tribe fight the Templars at any point?

The highly popular Turkish TV drama series Diriliş: Ertuğrul has Ertuğrul and his Kayı tribe fighting the Templars based in a "castle" which apparently should be identified with the real-...
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Looking for 3 examples of prisoners of war being incorporated into the conquering army

When POWs were captured, they were either executed, exchanged, put into slavery or sometimes incorporated into the enemy army. I'm trying to find a few examples (3 would do) of the last category. ...
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What is the definition of “indigenous” for historical purposes? [closed]

I was reading that the Anglo-Saxons settled in Britain around 410AD and before that the Celts started arriving about 1200BC. I was also reading that the Maori settled in New Zealand around 1300AD. (...
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Were there religious wars between two sects in Hinduism?

Shaivism and Vaishnavism, are two major sects within the umbrella of Hinduism, each with a different deity as their Supreme God. This difference, is thought to have, in the ancient and even recent ...
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What's the earliest researched based evidence for Holi?

Holi is an important festival in Hinduism, generally falling between the months of February to April, as per the relevant calculations of the Hindu Luni-solar calendar. I'd like to have an account ...
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Is the diagram of the Egyptian trinity a copy of a pictogram on an obelisk?

Is this diagram of the Egyptian trinity a copy of a pictogram on an obelisk? It would be nice to know this and get some pictures of it and know more about the history of this particular obelisk.
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What are some examples of rulers immediately incorporating conquered population's army into their own? [closed]

I can vaguely remember reading about armies conquering a land, and then fortifying their own numbers by the armies of conquered populations, but I can't remember specific instances. Would love to know ...
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Which is the oldest, still current, government debt?

(Not sure if this belongs to politics or history). Which is the oldest, still current, government debt? The answer of course depends on definitions since debts usually are "rolled over" at ...
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Was the resurrection of Jesus a historical fact? [closed]

What is the evidence either for or against the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus? Was Jesus' resurrection a historical fact? I know that there are tons of hours of debate out there on the web ...
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Identify the circa 1920 uniform in this photo

The photo is dated 1920. Quality isn't brilliant, but we need the uniform information for the family tree. The lady would have been 22 in 1920. Birthplace was London. Nationality: British. Traveled ...
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Did Thomas Aquinas's correspondent James of Tonengo become bishop of Vercelli?

Thomas Aquinas wrote the long letter/short treatise De Sortibus at the request of his friend James / Jacobus / Giacomo of Tonengo. James was a candidate to be bishop of Vercelli (Northwest Italy) but ...
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Why have we settled while foragers used to be healthier instead? [closed]

Evidence (See below) shows that foragers used to be healthier than farmers in pre-history. Also, foragers worked between 4-6h to have all of their needs while farmers used to work for longer periods. ...
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Are there any books on the recruitment of scientists from the Third Reich (Operation “Paperclip” and others)? [closed]

Please advise the literature on the recruitment of scientists of the Third Reich after World War II ("Paperclip" and other operations). Language: preferably Russian, but also English will do....
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What rights did servants in medieval time have? [closed]

I couldn´t find any subject about if there is please provide a link to it. What rights did medieval servants from maids, cooks, stableboy and other such jobs have in medieval time? Where they (as some ...
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How long were Old Frankish dialects spoken in modern France?

How long were the Germanic dialects commonly subsumed under the term "Frankish" spoken by Frankish people in Northern Gaul, and how long did it take until they were completely supplanted by ...
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How secure was Germany's last foothold in the Caucasus in 1943?

In January, 1943, after the collapse of Fall Blau and just before the fall of Stalingrad, Germany withdrew most of Army Group A from the Caucasus. But they left a rearguard consisting of the ...
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Are there examples in history where a witness turned out to be the real killer? [closed]

Have there been demonstrated cases where an innocent defendant is in court against murder charges but a witness testifying for or against them later was convicted to be the real killer in a separate ...
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any good history books on Hannibal? [closed]

This happened to me other other day.... when.... how'd those elephants get over to Spain in the first place? What were they doing anyway? Any good books on Hannibal that covers from the 1st Punic ...
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During WW1, did any Irish join Kitchener’s Army?

Were there Irish recruits for Kitchener’s 3 year enlistment program during WW1? I understand that most Irish volunteers were Protestants from Ulster, but am wondering if they would have qualified for ...

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