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When and how did the Han ethnic group become by far the biggest ethnic group in China?

China is a continental scale country, thus "Han" is a category sorta like "European". One visit to Beijing or Shanghai will make it obvious that China is indeed a cosmopolitan, ...
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Why do Eastern European countries have the greatest female-to-male ratio?

War, an aging population, and alcohol. From an article from Pew Research: This region has been predominantly female since at least World War II, when many Soviet men died in battle or left the ...
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What were the demographics of the ancient Greek colonies of Cyprus (any population estimates from 500BCE to 1BCE will do)?

For a second opinion, here's what McEvedy and Jones had to say on the matter1 back in 1979: The population then enters the 100-200,000 band within which it remains for the whole of the period from ...
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What were the demographics of the ancient Greek colonies of Cyprus (any population estimates from 500BCE to 1BCE will do)?

A book, Salamis of Cyprus: History and Archaeology from the Earliest Times to Late ... offers an estimation of the population of the city-kingdom of Salamis during your desired time frame. The ...
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When did Turkic languages emerge in Central Asia?

The Xiongnu, Hephtalites and Huns may have spoken Turkic languages. However, there are a lot of uncertainties about these groups of people (are they three different groups or only one? Did the Huns ...
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Did nomadic Bedouins outnumber sedentary Arabs in 7th century Arabian peninsula?

There was much more settled population than nomadic one. Also, there was more Arab population than Bedouin. First, the Arabian peninsula has only one population center, the Hijaz, which is barely ...
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How many Dutch lived in Indonesia during the colonial era vs native population?

In my experience of Indonesian historical education, which could often be described as 'propaganda', there is an emphasis on describing the Dutch as controlling Indonesia for 350 years. This is of ...
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