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What are the main reasons historians give for the Soviet Union's collapse?
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The opinions amongst historians amateur and professional range from economic and military to accusations of conspiracy. 'Traditional' Capitalist Interpretation Economic Liberals argue that the fall ...

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What is the historical evidence behind the claim that the Soviet armies perpetrated mass rapes during their stay in Germany?
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Yes, in fact there are many accounts by Soviet armed forces members themselves which either heavily insinuate or directly claim that such rapes did occur. The best account material is from Vasily ...

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When and how did Thailand cease to be Siam and become the modern Thailand?
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To clarify the above answer: Siam ceased to be an absolute monarchy in 1932 and adopted a constitution in a (relatively) bloodless coup. The immediate effect of the coup was to give extraordinary ...

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What regions worldwide have not been conquered or colonized by nations recursively located in land once ruled by someone born in Belgium?
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The answer is absolutely zero. The Belgae people of 50 BC and the Belgians of today are in all likelihood completely genetically different - the area was resettled by Romans, as you say, but also ...

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How and Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse?
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This is a very broad question but I will try to summarize it simply into a few paragraphs. Of course, I will probably be lynched by this, as the consensus ranges from economic and military to ...

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Was COMECON involved in economic imperialism and if so, to what extent?
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This is unfortunately the only source I could find which describes COMECON's imperialist tendencies in great detail. The article was written in Albania in 1981, so one should take it with a grain of ...

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Did any nation have a demonstrable qualitative advantage in their soldiers of the 18th century, and how did they achieve this?
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This site implies that the redcoat was given a higher allowance of live ball shot than other nation's soldiers, however the source is not stated. An Osprey book confirms the figures for the British ...

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What happened to the other European residents in Khartoum in 1885?
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This newspaper clipping from 1895 gives more information to the whereabouts of the Europeans in Khartoum. It states that "in 1887, the prisoners include four Italian sisters, 2 priests and 2 laymen".

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Battles won by much weaker side
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How can you discount the "2 tanks vs. 1 million spearmen" and still take into account Rorke's Drift? A breech-loaded rifle is a very massive technological improvement over a spear, regardless of ...

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