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Why did Europe not see Roman-era numbers of men participating in battles until the 17th century?

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How severe were the casualties in ancient/medieval battles?

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Why does Latin America have a higher number of surviving Native Americans than North America?

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What did squires do in the middle of a medieval battle?

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What were sandbags used for in medieval duels?

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Did germophobia exist in classical antiquity?

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What kind of ink was used by medieval scribes in Iceland, given that there were no plant galls for iron-gall ink?

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Classical battle sizes vs medieval battle sizes

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Why didn't the Greeks or Romans have an Industrial Revolution?

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Why did the East India Company accept the Government of India Act 1858?

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How far could an English war bow shoot?

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Size of Viking armies and raiding parties in 9th-10th centuries?

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Why was China not colonized by any country?

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What other one word responses have been made to military ultimatums besides "Nuts!", "Mokusatsu" and "If"?

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How well can cavalry fight infantry?

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How many British navy officers were from lower classes at the end of 18th century?

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How much faster were the printing presses than hand writing?

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Did the early Christian community on Iceland require the import of wine for liturgy?

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Why did physicians recommend curing the "dancing plague" with more dancing?

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Historical, academic explanations for the near-universal second-class citizenship of women?

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1850s steel technology advance before the Bessemer converter

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Is there any historicity to the concept of Ghost Fences / Walls?

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Why did the French Revolutionary General Pichegru defect to the Royalists?

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Can historiography be thought of as "fractal"?

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Are there any other "Delphic Temple"-like sites in the world?

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How big were Ancient China military forces?

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What equipment and formations did the Muslim armies employ against the Crusades?

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Did nomadic Bedouins outnumber sedentary Arabs in 7th century Arabian peninsula?

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Did ancient/medieval armies have music/chants to march to?

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Scholar-farmer-artisan-merchant social ordering in ancient/medieval China