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When was the last time that a personal union of thrones led to an effective integration of the nations?

Saudi Arabia, 1932 Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud, through a series of conquests, had expanded his dominion from the area around Riyadh to most of the Arabian peninsula by 1927, when he set up the ...
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When did people start saying about the US that "it's a free country"?

Google suggests as early as 1848 Stray Subjects, arrested and bound over, That chap as went in fust thar ain t nobuddy ef he has got a swaller tailed coat on My money's as good as his n and it's a ...
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Has there ever arisen a nation-state without violence/war/extreme subordination?

Iceland would probably count. It left its union with Denmark in 1918 at the end of a peaceful independence movement. However, it continued to share Denmark's king as head of state until 1944, when ...
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Why did so large places of vastly different cultures and histories unite as India?

In spite of the great diversity that may appear to exist in India there are many common threads of history, culture and religion that unify India. The cultural diversity within India can be compared ...
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Why was Hesse south of the Main left out of the North German Confederation?

On the face of it, simply because the Treaty of Prague stipulated as much: Article IV His Majesty the Emperor of Austria recognises the dissolution of the present German Confederation and grants his ...
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Can world systems theory apply to empires?

It can. Countries are decidedly not the primary unit of analysis, nor are regions. It's got its name because it looks at the world and how the emerging structures create and recreate unequal ...
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When did people start saying about the US that "it's a free country"?

As far as I understand this question, it seems to be based on false assumptions. When did Americans start to use the expression? Immediately when they became Americans? In fact, when they were still ...
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In the "Immigrationist theory" of Romanians (Vlachs), how did they became the vast majority in Transylvania?

I don't think their current majority is an insurmountable problem for any immigration theory. At roughly the same time the coastal German tribes were migrating to England, and the southern Slavic ...
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What led to the creation of Belgium?

The Kingdom of The Netherlands was formed in 1813 to form a buffer against France. The Belgians weren't asked anything. King Willy 1 (William of Orange) was simply a good negotiator. The allies didn't ...
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How do we compare historical empires on these statistics?

largest area. According to Wikipedia's list of largest empires, the largest thalassocracy or colonial empire was the British Empire about 1920 with 3.35 million square kilometers or 13.71 million ...
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When was the concept of Europe as a singular political unit conceived?

There is a false premise in the question. Namely, Europe as a political unit has always been a step ahead of Europe as a cultural unit. I found this question while looking for information on an 18th ...
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When did GB acknowledge the USA as sovereign state?

In 1783. Specifically, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on 3 September 1783. Interestingly, as the Wikipedia article notes, Article 1 of the treaty, in which King George III acknowledged the ...
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Has there ever arisen a nation-state without violence/war/extreme subordination?

I'd include the partition of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. According to Wikipedia, The separation occurred without violence, and was thus said to be "velvet", much ...
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When was the last time that a personal union of thrones led to an effective integration of the nations?

The modern state of Romania appeared on the map in the 19th century as a result of a "personal union" of the principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia under the prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza. ...
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Why was Hesse south of the Main left out of the North German Confederation?

There were two Hesses in 1866, Hesse-Cassel and Hesse-Darmstadt, the Grand Duchy of Hesse. Hesse-Cassel was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1866, along with the Kingdom of Hanover, to have a ...
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Why was Hesse south of the Main left out of the North German Confederation?

I'm not sure about southern Hesse specificially, but many of the states in southern Germany simply didn't want to join the new Confederation. The German history magazine "G — Geschichte" ...
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When did people start saying about the US that "it's a free country"?

Not sure if you are asking about the complete expression 'it's a free country', but the concept of freedom and the shorter expression 'free country' was already used when the USA was created. In ...
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Why did so large places of vastly different cultures and histories unite as India?

United Kingdom did not want to grant independence to India. So, as many other cases of revolution, revolting people had to stick together in order to defeat (either by force or diplomacy) the power ...
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History of nations - books

I think there is one such book that is somewhat closer to what you are expecting from a history book. The Histories of Nations: How Their Identities Were Forged. From the description given under ...
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When did people start saying about the US that "it's a free country"?

The saying seems to predate 1826, when Edward Thornton Tayloe wrote (in Mexico 1825-1828, p. 128) that: We have more than once since we have been in Mexico been induced to inquire if we were in a ...
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