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Why Finland received so little foreign support during the winter war?

No treaty obligations States typically don't intervene in wars unless there is a compelling reason. And in this case, no nation was compelled. The League of Nations was not a defensive treaty; all it ...
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How was Rome able to conscript and equip 400k soldiers during 2nd Punic War in a pre-industrial society?

It's worth adding that unlike in modern societies, Rome relied on slave labor to a good extent. These don't count as citizens who could join the army, but they do substitute them on the labor/home '...
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How was Hitler able to rearm?

It wasn't only Hitler, even before Hitler's tenure as Reichs-Chancellor, the Weimar Republic's military violated the terms of the Versailles Treaty. On the personnel aspect, the Germans exploited a ...
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What was Yugoslavia doing in the Angolan Civil War?

As an article by Milorad Lazić shows: Beginning with Algeria in the 1950s until its demise in the 1990s, Yugoslavia was an ardent supporter of liberation movements and revolutionary governments in ...
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What was Yugoslavia doing in the Angolan Civil War?

I made an account just to answer and I hope to provide some new information to the other 2 answers in this thread! My information comes from my grandfather who fought for the Cubans. Yugoslavia’s ...
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How was Hitler able to rearm?

The treaties are one thing, but more important is the funding. How could Germany, destitute from crushing war reparations, afford to fund the construction of a navy, army, and airforce from "...
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How was Rome able to conscript and equip 400k soldiers during 2nd Punic War in a pre-industrial society?

MCW already mentioned Bret Deveraux; I will be drawing on his blog for the answer to your central question: how did Rome put so many men under arms? Regardless of the precise math, Deveraux agrees ...
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What measures have been proposed to assess geopolitical instability over time?

You should work on creating an olog. Ologs are like formals models of any conceptual system. They have extremely useful properties that allow you to model things in a more multidimensional way, ...
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What measures have been proposed to assess geopolitical instability over time?

For the 20th century there is the Geopolitical Risk Index (GPR). It seems it was only formally proposed in 2022 in an economics journal. I've not seen it applied by historians. Datasets focusing more ...
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How important was the US steel industry to the allies during World War II?

A huge subject upon which much has been written and which would require considerable mining to even produce the barest meaningful statistical data. Without buying some obscure and expensive tomes, as ...
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How important was the US steel industry to the allies during World War II?

For the UK at least, not insubstantial: the available wartime steel supply was boosted by a dramatic increase in net steel imports. In the interwar period, the UK was typically a net exporter of ...
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What does it mean for an empire to fight for relevance?

When an empire is in decline it can lose control of its economy, its social structures and its subjects. It can face, both internal and external, military and political threats. To its subjects and ...
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What does it mean for an empire to fight for relevance?

Without a quote, I can only answer based on an assumption: that the quote was stating an Empire becomes irrelevant because internal forces are fighting against its being. If you consider this meaning, ...
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In Battle of Zama, how did Hannibal's use of war elephants lead to a Roman victory?

The other questions explain what happened. Given the asker's comments on those questions, it seems they are unsatisfying, as they do not answer why. The limits of generalship in antiquity Bret ...
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When and why did it become frowned upon to win a siege by starvation?

TLDR summary; it's complicated -- while some people frowned on it as early as 1919, it wasn't unequivocally accepted in a treaty until the 1970s (AP I), with some highly qualified version appearing in ...
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