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Why would anyone from Japan be in Northern India in early 1900s?

There would seem to be quite a number of possibilities, including: Businessmen Japanese business interests in India were extensive between the two world wars. Putting this together with "In the ...
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Why did Paul von Hindenburg wrongly call Adolf Hitler "Bohemian corporal"?

Paul von Hindenburg called Hitler a "böhmischer Gefreiter". He (and others) wrongly assumed that Hitler was born in Broumov (called Braunau in German) that is indeed in Bohemia (today Czech Republic)...
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Why would anyone from Japan be in Northern India in early 1900s?

(Some) Indians, and (some) Japanese share a common religion, Buddhism. This religion was founded in India in the sixth century B. C.,spread over East Asia, and found its way to Japan in the sixth ...
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What are the 'mushroom trusts' referenced in Churchill's "Second World War"?

Mushroom is used here as a metaphor/analogy for appearing suddenly, growing fast to immense sizes, seemingly out of nowhere — but also not being a producer — of new/primary biomass, rather a destruent,...
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What was the first broadcast television programme?

SHORT ANSWER The earliest TV program broadcast which can be proven as not being experimental is Charles Francis Jenkins' revolving windmill segment broadcast on the 2nd of July, 1928, but there may ...
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Was it customary for young upper-middle class women to chew gum in public in German-speaking Europe?

No, absolutely not. In the 30's chewing gum in Europe wasn't a common sweet. Chewing gum in public was considered highly impolite, to say the least. People saw it as eating in public, something you ...
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Did Imperial Japan persecute Slavic people, as European fascists did?

No, they did not. Imperial Japan never subscribed to the racial ideology of the Nazis. Instead, like many in East Asia at the time, they adopted a somewhat self-deprecating racial attitude; as they ...
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Was it common for unmarried couples to live in the same hotel room in Europe of the 1930es?

In that situation and given the presumed social status of your protagonists: impossible! Well, almost impossible and highly frowned upon, socially, but it gets even worse, for all involved. While ...
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Were there revolts in or escapes from the Austrofascist camps?

In any case there will have been "attempts" to flee. The most intriguing follow up question is then to ask whether any of these attempts would have been successful, or whether all attempts were in ...
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Was it customary for young upper-middle class women to chew gum in public in German-speaking Europe?

The general verdict expressed in @Jos' answer is absolutely correct. It was not customary for young upper-middle class women to chew gum in public in German-speaking Europe. However, in the given or ...
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Why did the Austrofascists fight with the National Socialists and vice versa?

tldr; Both were fascist parties fighting for power. Austrofascism was oriented on the Italian fascists, whereas the Nazis were strongly influenced by Hitler's German Nazis. Austrofascism was derived ...
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Why was most of Europe against communism right from the start?

You might want to read Christopher Andrew's authorised history of the British Security Service, MI5: The Defence of the Realm. The book describes details of some of the activities of Bolshevik agents ...
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Why was most of Europe against communism right from the start?

Communism represented an existential threat to western capitalistic, democratic societies; Fascism, which started out as a "one country" thing, did not. If Italy, for instance, became fascist, that ...
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Why were so many Soviet films shot in 1938–39 about a future German invasion?

TL;DR the Soviet Union was preparing for war against Nazi Germany, on a timeline that exceeded the span of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. This is discussed in some detail in this thesis by Olga ...
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What education was required for a woman to become a teacher in pre-WWII Germany?

After a bit of research I found that the answers to your question in the original scope could fill a library. And apparently do: or at least a whole museum. Namely the School Museum in Dresden Based ...
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Was it common for unmarried couples to live in the same hotel room in Europe of the 1930es?

Imagine an unmarried couple in their mid-twenties, both educated (teachers). They live in Vienna of the early 1930es (before the Anschluss). That's kind of very hard to imagine, as this was ...
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What education was required for a woman to become a teacher in pre-WWII Germany?

One aspect from the question that needs emphasis is the answer to Could a homeschooled girl from the upper-middle class become an elementary school teacher, if she wanted to be independent? The ...
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Why was most of Europe against communism right from the start?

An alternate answer: If you were a government minister, which would you rather support? Fascism which promises a more powerful, more effective government, or; Communism which promises an end to all ...
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Why would anyone from Japan be in Northern India in early 1900s?

I live in Japan and have lived here 35 years. The Samurai disappeared in the 1860-1870's (sword-bearing was banned in 1876). So while he was from a samurai family, that wouldn't have meant much ...
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How did Austrian paramilitary organisations amass weapons during the interwar period?

A few hundred or a few thousand rifles and handguns are nothing compared to the small arms issued to men by the thousands and millions during World War I and World War II. Most of the WWII weapons ...
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How did Austrian paramilitary organisations amass weapons during the interwar period?

Central and Eastern Europe was in turmoil in the 1920s. World War I ended with a defeat of Germany and Austria-Hungary and the breakup of Austria-Hungary. The central powers had been effective in the ...
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Why did Paul von Hindenburg wrongly call Adolf Hitler "Bohemian corporal"?

During the German War in 1866 Paul von Hindenburg served as a 19-year old officier in the Prussian Army. During that war against the Austrian Empire he came across a Bohemian village also named "...
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Why was most of Europe against communism right from the start?

You've revised the question in comments; you're not asking why people opposed Communism, you're asking why they opposed it more than Fascism (dictators) The difference is twofold - first in the ...
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How did the German royal families lose power so quickly in 1918? What happened to them afterwards?

Before and during the war Germany was officially what was known as the "German Confederation", a republic of many different independent states. The loss of the war completely destroyed the ...
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Did Imperial Japan persecute Slavic people, as European fascists did?

There were two reasons that the Japanese did not persecute Slavs. 1) Unlike Germany, the Japanese (islands) did not have any common borders with Slavic peoples, nor did they have to worry about ...
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What education was required for a woman to become a teacher in pre-WWII Germany?

From your question, are you doing research for a historical novel? If it is just about explaining the background of a character, consider having the young lady do a stint doing social/missionary ...
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What education was required for a woman to become a teacher in pre-WWII Germany?

The rules changed during the period you mention, and they varied from state to state and also according to the type of school. Here are three bullet points which all miss your precise question closely....
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