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Why did the Chinese Nationalist party members go to the island of Taiwan and not to any other island?

Taiwan was basically a part of China, and under Nationalist control at the time. (The Philippines were a foreign country.) Also,the Nationalist army, while weaker than the Communists, was far stronger ...
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Why did the Chinese Nationalist party members go to the island of Taiwan and not to any other island?

Tom Au is right; his answer is the correct answer. I want to add two more data points: Hainan was closer to Mainland China and would be more difficult to defend against amphibious assault, Taiwan had ...
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Why did Eisenhower iconize Robert E. Lee?

There's an interesting political angle to be made here. Starting with their meeting in 1946, Eisenhower cultivated a relationship with Lee-biographer, journalist and Virginia politician Douglas ...
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How many troops would the White Armies have had at their peak during the Russian Civil War?

The White Army was never a unified force but rather a number of armies of varying sizes which rarely co-ordinated their efforts. David Bullock, in The Russian Civil War 1918-22 states Overall, the ...
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What role has a generally armed populace had on resisting a **potentially repressive government?**

Your questions seems to be based on a logical fallacy: An identifiable minority under a repressive government that maintained at least respect through force of arms. A repressive government, by ...
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What were The Troubles in Northern Ireland really about?

If one sees a conflict and thinks that there's very little to fight about - they are not looking close enough. Usually, underlying reasons are more complex than what is seen at a glance. And the roots ...
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Who really fired on Ft. Sumter - the South or Local Charleston, SC militia?

On December 20, South Carolina declared that it seceded. Six days later, Union Major Robert Anderson moved his troops into Fort Sumter. A letter by South Carolina Governor Francis Pickens to ...
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Examples of oppressive regimes which "loosened up" after winning destructive civil war

What comes to mind is Finland, though it doesn't meet all the criteria. Finland gained its independence from the Russian Empire in 1917; it was a messy affair resulting from the collapse of Russia, ...
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Why did American Abolitionists believe slavery to be immoral?

NOTE This was an attempt to answer the question as originally written: Someone already asked when and how people began to consider slavery immoral on stack exchange, but no one has asked why. So ...
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How did the US/South Vietnam lose the Vietnam war?

We lost the war in Vietnam because the American public no longer supported it. You can speculate on any number of reasons for this. People stopped believing the Domino Theory. Americans did not feel ...
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What role has a generally armed populace had on resisting a **potentially repressive government?**

Right now? little. The current opressive power of nations as per 2018, even the smallest one, is times bigger than any other nation in the past, for the simple reason that weapons, armament, and ...
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Did freed slaves keep a portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the wall?

Most likely, yes Lincoln was very popular among Blacks in US right until 1960's and rise of leftist Democrats whom somewhat tarnished his image (Lincoln was Republican, of course) . This essay ...
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Why did Eisenhower iconize Robert E. Lee?

Things are bit different nowadays, but until quite recently you could both be not racist and be into things Confederate at the same time (just stating a fact, not expressing an opinion about that). A ...
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Was the factional civil war that broke out in Angola after its independence in 1975 based on tribal rivalry?

Broadly, yes. The MPLA's main support was among the Ambundu people. UNITA's main support came from the Ovimbundu tribe of central Angola. The FNLA's main support came from the Bakongo people in the ...
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In the governments of the Reconstruction South, were Blacks in government always under the control of Whites?

How about Hiram Rhodes Revels: Hiram Rhodes Revels (September 27, 1827[note 1] – January 16, 1901) was an American politician, a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), and a ...
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Are there cases where a civil war divided a country unevenly but stably, like China and Taiwan?

The criteria you set are quite extreme. Here are some examples that do not quite meet all of them, in part because the longer you go back in time, the more terms like "country", "...
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What role has a generally armed populace had on resisting a **potentially repressive government?**

First, there are numerous examples of armed populaces resisting foreign occupation successfully, so I will address those and leave aside the question of what you are counting as repression. The ...
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How popular, or not, was the Mexican Goverment in the Cristero War (1927 - 1929)?

The rebels have to rely on volunteer force. The government has laws regulating conscription; people who evade conscription face a prison penalty (or in extreme cases a death penalty). Thus normal ...
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Are any civil wars -- other than the American Civil War -- commonly reenacted?

Russian Civil War of 1917-1922 is re-enacted very often, see here and here for example (links are in Russian). The interesting point is that there are many fans from both sides, that actually in heart ...
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Are any civil wars -- other than the American Civil War -- commonly reenacted?

The Battle of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts, of the American Revolution. Technically, our revolution was a civil war.
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What reasons did the Confederacy have for believing they would have a quick victory?

To somewhat echo other answers: The advantage of not having to win was considered very significant, as it usually is but I guess it was not enough in this case. Also, the South thought that the ...
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Why did the Soviets refuse to help Nur Mohammed Taraki?

why the Soviet Leader refused to help Afghan Allies in the war against the Mujahideens? Well, they didn't refuse to provide any help except "foot on the ground". And the reasons they had are obvious ...
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What motivated the Eritrean separatist movement?

Eritrea had been a separate state for a long time and has a distant proud history. Ethiopia could not have forced federation upon Eritrea without the intervention of the UN (principally USA and GB). ...
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The 2011 Libya action by France, UK, US was supported by a UN resolution - but was it subverted for regime change?

Your question can be broken down into several parts. Did the NATO-led coalition deliberately try to topple the Gaddafi regime? I think we can all agree on a "yes" to that one. In doing so, did they ...
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Was the American Civil War the “bloodiest civil war in history”?

The bloodiest civil war in history was the An Lushan Rebellion from 755 to 763 A.D. in China. The war occurred because general An Lushan declared himself emperor and tried to overthrow the emperor of ...
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What became of the plan to partition Angola?

I know that there was supposed to be an American plan in the 1970s to split Angola, more-or-less "along the 11th parallel" (actually along the line of the Benguela railway) after the Portuguese left. ...
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How did the Tutsis win the civil war in Rwanda after 70% of them had been killed?

Some historical and verifiable facts are needed here: Rwandan army was created by Belgians in 1959 just before Congo DRC became independant as the Belgian's Congolese army then called Force publique ...
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