Luís Henrique
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Why did North America economically prosper, and maintain stable government and South/Central America didn't?
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T.E.D.'s answer is very good, and points to the most important issue: the difference between colonisation methods in North America vs Latin America. There are a few missing nexus that I feel could be ...

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Why were Civil War battle techniques so bloody, if the US had learned guerrilla fighting in the Revolutionary War?
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I do not think it is accurate to say that guerilla techniques weren't used in the Civil War. What did Stonewall Jackson do in the Shenandoah Valley? But guerilla tactics are limited. First, they are ...

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Was Roosevelt the "biggest slave trader in recorded history"?
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This relies in willfully mistaking figurative language for non-figurative speech. Roosevelt didn't "trade" those people in the sense that a slave trader traded his captives. He made a political pact ...

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Is there any science behind this graph that suggests we'd be exploring new galaxies if not for the dark ages?
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I was wondering if there was any actual science behind it: Is there anywhere a measure of scientific discovery per unit time? Do we have anywhere a scale of scientific knowledge and if so, what is ...

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What was the ratio women to men after World War 2 in the Soviet Union
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The Soviet population in 1941 was 196,716,000. In 1946, it was 170,548,000.[1] That's a difference of 26,168,000 people. According to a study published by the Russian Academy of Science[2], there were ...

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Why did some ancient societies make human sacrifices but others did not?
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I think this is a question for history, even though it is also a question for anthropology (and that Rome was anything but post-agricultural). The Romans certainly practiced human sacrifices in older ...

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When did age gaps in marriage become looked down upon in America?
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One side of the problem is covered in the answers and comments already given. The other side - I would argue the biggest side - is that women not only live longer, but that they now usually work and ...

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Is it true that slavery was endemic in Sub-Saharan Africa previous to the establishment of the trans-Atlantic slave trade?
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I am going to do something apparently silly, and answer my own question. That's because the question is not originally mine, but by a user named Maria BI. She asked this in Skeptics stackexchange, ...

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What was the life expectancy of a Medieval European monarch?
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For England, including the Kings of Wessex from Æthelberht on (the first I could find a birthdate for), and the Kings of England up to Edward IV, whose reigns extends to 1483 (and consequently into ...

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Why was immigration from France to the United States lower than from some other countries?
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The demographic history of France is different from that of most other European countries. While in most European countries mortality rates dropped in mid 19th century but natality rates only declined ...

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What caused the rapid African population growth in the last decades?
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There is something called "demographic transition": birth rates take some time to adequate to reduced mortality rate. For one generation at least, people keep reproducing as if mortality was still ...

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Has feudalism been a programmed event for nations in the past?
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It would depend, first place, on a working definition of "feudalism". This is far from consensual, with several not very compatible "definitions" being used and abused without much intellectual effort ...

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Did the Socialist and the Fascist party share the electoral programme in Italy?
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I answered the original question in Politics, https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/362/did-the-socialist-and-the-fascist-party-share-the-electoral-programme-in-italy , albeit not having found ...

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Has an offensive ever succeeded without an advantage in artillery?
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An example was Agincourt, where the French had three guns, and the English none. And the English routed the French. As any other weapon, artillery is only decisive when, besides having guns, the army ...

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Why is the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima so much more infamous than that of Nagasaki?
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Is there some historical reason for one being more infamous than the other (other than one being the first)? I think that being the first is, by far, the main reason that, when someone says "atomic ...

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Was the population of Moscow wildly overstated during the Cold War?
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I would have made first page headlines in the early 90s if true. No, I think Heinlein was led to this conclusion by ideology more than by observation. ETA: A source about the subject: Moscow: ...

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Why did Chamberlain remain Prime Minister of Britain until 10 May, 1940?
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Chamberlain was certainly wrong in his appeasement policies. And no, he wasn't buying time with it. It is clear from his statements from the period that he believed that it was possible to stop Hitler ...

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What is the history of stay at home moms?
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As Brian Z points out, the whole concept of "stay at home mother" is a very modern one. Through most of US history, it was taken for granted that (at least for white women) motherhood was a ...

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What are the counterarguments to calling German nazism a right-wing movement?
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I notice that the media routinely refer to Hitler's politics as "extreme right-wing". "extreme right-wing" and "neo-nazi" have become practically a synonym. The media and the academy, and, dare I say,...

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Modern navy ranks, roles and responsibilities
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This site details the hierarchy of a modern (WWII) battleship: Seamanship It seems to be lacking as to the relationship between in-ship responsibilities and military rank. I fear that this is more ...

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Why does Brazil have many more Italian descendants than the U.S. or Argentina when the latter two received more Italian immigrants?
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Simply put, the number of 27 million "Italian Brazilians" (as Wikipedia mistakenly call those people) is a fantasy. There is no census information or reasonable calculation that reports such figure. ...

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What did medieval European knights do if they were defeated in battle?
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Well, defeated knights would either have been killed in action, or captured, or fled, or retreated in order. Those killed in action wouldn't have to worry about what to do, I suppose - though their ...

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How did horses become animals of fancy while donkeys largely didn't?
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There is ample market for gambling based on race horses, which by itself maintains the need for horsebreeding, breeding contests, etc. Donkeys seem to be not usable this way. Mexico and China are ...

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Were mounted soldiers really an advancement during the Middle Ages?
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While reading Charles Oman's "A History of the Art of War in the Middle Ages" it occurred to me that horses and a kind of knight were always available to the Roman Empire, Horses were, knights ...

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What was the attitude of Brazil's government towards the Spanish Civil War?
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During the build up to WWII (which of course includes the period within which the Spanish Civil War happened) Vargas oscilated, probably on purpose, between a closer alliance with the US and UK, and ...

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Spain's tributary empire vs. Portugal's seaborne empire
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I don't think there was a huge difference between Spanish and Portuguese methods of colonisation. There was a bigger difference between the places Spain took as colonies and the places Portugal took ...

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What historical reasons did the Nazis give for hating the Jews? How did they identify non-practicing Jews?
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How they identified Jews: The separation between State and religion was still incomplete in Weimar Germany. To the point, the register of newborns was a task the State delegated to the various ...

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What were the German "general" ranks in World War II?
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For WWII at least, from bottom up, a Generalmajor wore an insignia without stars, a Generalleutnant wore an insignia with one star, a General (of Infantry, Cavalry, etc.) wore an insignia with two ...

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How common was smoking in first half of the 20th century?
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, (From T.E.D.'s answer) In the 50's, above 40% of adult Americans smoked cigarettes. (From T.E.D.'s answer) Of smokers, about 70% smoked at least one pack a day. (From 2.) Conservatively, each ...

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What was the first battle in history fought by vast-majority-% "distance-shooting" non-mechanized force?
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[The] question is: What was the first battle that clearly was fought - by both sides - in the modern way, with vast majority of the fighting, by design, being done by firing projectile ...

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