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Why did the start of the Roman consular year move?
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It was due to the Second Celtiberian War. In 154 BC, there was rebellion in Spain. Quintus Fulvius Nobilior was designated consul for the following year but could not assume office until the Ides ...

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Was the IMF complicit in destroying the Romanian economy?
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The IMF wasn't complicit in it at all, it merely lent Ceaușescu's government money to invest in industrialisation - the investment of which which was mismanaged. Did Ceaușescu have to continue ...

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Financial ramifications of peerages created since the 19th century
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Firstly, I think you may be getting a little confused between life peers and hereditary peers. Life peers are given a peerage or title for their lifetime only. It is not hereditary and it cannot be ...

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What is known about the possibility of a "real King Arthur"?
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There is no historical or archaelogical evidence to support the existence of a King Arthur. What there is, are plenty of theories regarding the existence of such a person. Your last sentence is ...

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Comparison of naval fleet strengths during the Napoleonic wars
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I can tell you two things, how many were under Nelson's fleet in the Mediterranean and how many were in commission throughout the world in May 1804. Under Nelson's command were 13 Ships of the Line, ...

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Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
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To answer your first question, yes attacks were frequent. This is what prompted many of the earliest 'settlements' to build a surrounding and protective wall in the first place, to stop constant ...

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How much did helping the American Revolution cost France?
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From Wikipedia – In all the French spent 1.3 billion livres to support the Americans directly, in addition to the money it spent fighting Britain on land and sea outside the U.S. France's status as a ...

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Was Edward VIII of England forced to abdicate?
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No he wasn't. He abdicated of his own free will choosing Wallis Simpson over the throne. He abdicated because as a British Monarch he was the nominal head of the Church of England that did not ...

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Was the Zimmerman Telegram a ruse on the US or a way of Germany to incite Mexico to declare war on the US?
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Firstly, the Zimmerman telegram was real and sent, he admitted so himself at a press conference. Secondly, it was a feint to turn Americas attention away from the war in Europe and towards a possible ...

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What was the German perspective on Stalingrad?
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JFW I'm not sure what you're asking for here, 'the German perspective' in what sense? The German army made some serious strategic errors in their attempt to 'take' Stalingrad most of which I might ...

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Did the roman conquerors have directives/guidelines to either integrate or assimilate foreign tribes/folks?
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They annexed territories for tax generating and mercantile trading, food generation purposes and integrated some citizens for service in the legions. It's interesting that later on Rome's policy of ...

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What was the status of specialized workers during the Roman times?
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There were essentially 3 classes of Roman - Patrician, an elite wealthy group of families, who mostly formed the senate Plebeian, free land owning citizens, some with a right to vote, some without ...

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In what ways did the rise of a true middle class in Europe during the late 19th century become apparent?
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I believe the answer you're looking for is a direct result of the Industrial Revolution which occurred between 1750-1850, exactly the correct time frame for the time period you're referring to. This ...

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What was "Greek fire"?
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It was pitch/tar and oil that was ignited and sprayed if my memory serves me correctly. It may have had other ingredients (saltpetre, sulphur?) to the mix but it was essentially pitch/tar. If ...

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'Sub rosa' council meetings
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I wouldn't be at all surprised if the term originates from the Tudor period of Henry the VIII whose emblem of the House of Tudor was the red rose. This excerpt from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) ...

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How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
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Gaddafi spent Libyas oil millions on his own image, self importance, family and military whilst his population were suppressed, imprisoned, tortured and left to starve. I don't think the West's view ...

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Why Europe became more developed although metal was first discovered and used in Asia/Africa?
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Religion is the primary answer. Religious beliefs held back technological advances as anything that did not conform to what religion stated was considered heresy and punished. This stifled the ...

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Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
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Religious tolerance Without the United Kingdom's tolerance of different views and opinions that elsewhere would have been considered heresy (like much of Catholic Europe and the Islamic and Muslim ...

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Which arm was the shield held in?
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As a useless piece of extra trivia to this, the fact that mounted warriors of knights generally held their shield in their right arm, whilst riding a horse, shielded them from attack from someone ...

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Why did Civil War officers tell their men to "aim low"?
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I agree with point 1 on the third answer - it was because of the kick on the musket that would send the ball too high if aimed horizontally. By pointing the musket down slightly from horizontal the ...

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What is the basis of Russian criticism of Antony Beevor's work?
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That he correctly portrayed Stalin (and his political enforcers) as someone who saw his own people as a resource to be used and wasted as he saw fit. He cared little for his own people and everything ...

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In the US Civil War, what factors contributed to the Union having such a numerical advantage over the Confederacy?
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Did the North's population outnumber the South, or merely have more men available to be conscripted into the army to fight? The answer to this question is less about industrialisation and more about ...

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What's the advantage of the infantry column formation in the Napoleonic Wars?
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Speed with greater numbers and fear is the primary answer here. The marching columns main purpose was to simply get to the enemy as fast as possible and overwhelm them with superior numbers. The huge ...

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