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Why there were no economic sanction wars against Warsaw Pact countries by the West?
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Sanctions generally work when the country which suffers is isolated relatively and rely on trade with the opposite members of the sanctions. When Warsaw Pact existed it formed a separate and ...

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What is the flag in this 17th century painting?
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I found a site which might lead to the answer. Sadly I couldn't find the territory named Keizer (Emperor? Maybe is it a royal ensign for the Emperor himself?), the sixth from left, third from top: ...

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Reichsmark value
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You can scan them for numismatically rare pieces, but depending on quantity most probably they worth a few hundred pounds, if any chance there is one or two rare note (limited availability) then more. ...

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Why was Copernicus not persecuted by the church, but Galileo was?
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You can read the condemnation of Copernicus' theories yourself on the following link. I am sure others might have a better answer, but from my knowledge, there were three big centers of inquisitions ...

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Has Taiwan always been a part of China?
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I assume your question is: Since People's Republic of China (PRC) exists, was Taiwan considered as part of it? It is more like a political question than historical, since the current situation of PRC ...

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Are tanks the only reason for the abandonment of trench warfare?
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I agree with Alex, I would add up a big point, I wanted to comment it, but it became bigger. Appearance of mass parachute also made trech warfare useless. In the time when the enemy could cross only ...

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Need help interpreting "silver" hallmark - 1706?
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It looks you have an Electro Plated Nickel Silver. The technology is not old enough to origin from 18th century. From a site where you can find identical font type: Modern electroplating was ...

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What is the reason of Mongol Empire success conquering that huge territory?
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The success of the mongolian army was built on more factors: size: as it mentioned, an army with 100.000 people wasn't small at all. Take note that the population of Holy Roman Empire (today: Germany,...

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Why do so many national flags contain the color red?
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The colors come from the heraldic tradition, especially European and former European colonies' flags and coats of arms. In this summary on heraldry the basic heraldic colors are: Yellow (Gold) White (...

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Other than coffee and tobacco what major product became Cuba's source of wealth in the 18th century?
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There was a period in Cuba "the sugar revolution" as it is called in Franklin W. Knight's review. Sugar industry includes large set of products, and between 1750-1850 there was a big explosion of ...

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Why did helmets have this metal thing between the eyes?
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The main reasons are Cost-Efficiency points. Just consider how expensive is a full covering and well made helmet, and how much they are blocking the view. However this kind of helmet is blocking way ...

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Why bother attacking castles at all? Why not go around?
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Let's make a quick simulation in head, hereby I present a sketch of a realistic scenario: what if they ignore forts: Let's assume Invader decides to ignore forts and let's just capture the capital ...

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What is the oldest regulation in the world regarding a head of state?
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I found the Code of Ur-Nammu as code of laws, where in the prologue the code defines to source of power of the king, which is derived to deities. This seems the oldest surviving code of laws issued by ...

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When did the English and Americans realize that vegetables were healthy?
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I am not sure if it is the first recognition of healthiness but about the end of age of discoveries, sailors started to realize if they bring sour cabbage with them, they can prevent various diseases. ...

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When did the Great Purge start?
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The problem is the definition. Great Purge as itself wasn't a single event under Stalin's rule but waves of executions and convictions. In fact after Lenin's death in 1922 Stalin came to power. With ...

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Why did the assasination of Franz Ferdinand trigger WW1?
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The question seems lame for first sight, but makes sense in depth. The alliance systems weren't trivial at the start of World War 1 (or Great War). First I recommend to check out the timeline and look ...

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What is the current U.S. monetary standard?
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I decided to answer it even if briefly it is already answered by Semaphore and Pieter Geerkens The money itself not backed by any physical assets, to understand the current situation, the existing ...

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How much salt did people in agricultural societies eat?
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Good question, but the problem of an answer will be that the salt was the most important food-preservation method before fridges. So it is hard to say how much people ate, maybe a good starting point ...

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How can prices be compared over time?
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To declare I don't have a definite answer, but with my answer I might get you somewhat closer to the ultimate method. To estimate a value back in time is especially hard because of the following ...

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Why does German money from the 1940s not bear Nazi symbols?
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The currency you posted is from an occupied territory, see the related wikipedia link. If you read carefully, it says: Reichskreditkassen on the bottom, Nazi Germany issued these notes in occupied ...

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Does Chinese history really span the past 5000 years?
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Well, to be factual, more like 4100 years+ of history is available for study. The Xia Dynasty is dated back to c. 2100 BC - 1600 BC, and numerous sites have been found meeting these dates. Well before ...

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Why was the spice trade so profitable in the 15th century?
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It is pretty logical. Back in time there were no electronic, car and many industries, and the wealth - gold and silver - of the world arrived to Europe - mainly to nobles and kings. There was a big ...

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Democratically elected leaders of different culture
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I don't know if you meant complete democratic examples, but Alberto Fujimori is a pretty famous example of your request, he lead Peru a little longer than ten years, as he has been elected enacted neo-...

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How were shields fastened to soldiers' backs?
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I wanted to comment, but an actual google search gave some sort of answer for me, maybe there will be better answers than mine, I see the practical side of the fastening problem. The handles are ...

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Was there ever any doubt which side the USA would join?
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I know the answer for the Second World War. The political parties and organizations were all pro Allies except three notable groups: German American Bund This was a Nazi organization supported by ...

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How often did kings give land to their sons?
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There were many ways how these successions worked in different countries. To summarize the well written source in Wikipedia, giving the key words: One was Primogeniture Where all goes to the ...

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Which arm was the shield held in?
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By heraldics the shields for one figure designed to face to the enemy. So the figure was facing leftwards, and generally the shield was worn on the left hand. Try to imagine the concept, the shield's ...

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Roughly, what percentage of arrows can be reused after a battle?
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I decided to make an answer since I pointed out a lot of the issue, I deleted my comments, and I state now I don't have the historical evidence, but have a good view on practical use of arrow and bows....

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How were the Bulgarians regarded by the Nazis during World War II?
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Less known fact is that Hitler considered slavic people as simply non-aryans, non-aryan category didn't automatically mean that the race should be exterminated, just take a note, they set up alliance ...

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Did France actually intend to colonise West Australia and were any resources assigned to this objective prior to 1829?
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To be honest, I don't know the chances, but here are the following facts, hopefully they give good picture on topic: The continent was spotted by various people before James Cook - collected ...

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