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When and how did the USA and the UK become allies?
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Several reasons (my answer is based mostly on the book "Dreadnought" by Robert Massie). The English and Americans spoke the same language and, in those times, their cultures were much closer to each ...

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What was the most important cause of the Second World War?
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I think the cause was the same as of the WW I: German militarism and expansionism. Since Kaiser Wilhelm gained power in Germany, it has been pursuing an aggressive foreign policy (e.g. the Morocco ...

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Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
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I'm not sure. The democratization in the XIXth century was also due to the increasing power of labour movements, which was not gained by the use of weapons, but by strikes, mostly. When industrialists ...

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Were sailing ships of the line understaffed with gunnery crews so that there were not enough for 2 broadsides?
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The crew losses during broadside actions were so high that even if the ship of the line was able to man both sides at the beginning of the battle, its crew would probably be depleted an hour or two ...

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When were swords last used in European warfare?
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Cutlasses remained a personal weapon in various navies, mainly for use when boarding an enemy vessel, I think. The cutlass was reported to have been used during the Korean War (wiki).

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Was there any way to deal with infections in pre-modern times?
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In Poland a traditional dressing for wounds was bread mixed with spider web, chewed before application. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_penicillin

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Book on history of international trade
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You can learn surprisingly much about the history of international trade from "Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective: Policies and Institutions for Economic ...

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What Factors Contributed to the Success of Certain "Long March" Strategies?
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Extending the supply lines of the enemy Drawing the enemy into a difficult terrain the defenders know better Trading space for time Waging partisan warfare behind the enemy lines Turning the war into ...

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What happens after a widespread social chaos?
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It very much depends. Post-Soviet economies after 1989 had less social turmoil and crime, but experienced much more severe economic crises. If people are willing to give democracy a try and there is ...

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What factors contributed to the U.S economy flourishing during the early cold war period?
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Because of: low unemployment lower income inequality higher social responsibility of corporations A working class family could then afford things which are very hard to come by today, such as ...

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Was Russo-Polish of 1919-1920 a war of independence?
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In my opinion, a "war of independence" is war where the very independence of a newly born country is at stake. There is no question that if Soviet Russia won the war with Poland in 1920, Poland would ...

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