Fizz
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Did the Soviet army intentionally send troops (e.g. penal battalions) running over minefields?
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There are a few recorded instances of Soviet penal troops being intentionally sent over mines, at least according to survivors: It is hard to judge whether there was a deliberate sacrifice of ...

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How did the Romans do division?
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The short answer, according to Turner (1951), is: we don't know. The Romans were not interested in recording theoretical mathematics, so we don't have any written accounts how they did it. It is ...

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Why did the Soviet Union not "grant" Inner Mongolia to Mongolia after World War Two?
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Actually some of the answer is found on Wikipedia, but in the pan-Mongolism article: In 1943, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office predicted that the Soviet Union would promote the idea of a ...

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Has any country ever diverted an international flight in order to arrest a wanted person?
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I'll note here that the Morales' plane story is much more complicated that it's made to be in the other answer. It was apparently a false flag operation to a good extent, misleading the Westerners as ...

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Why did Eisenhower iconize Robert E. Lee?
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There's an interesting political angle to be made here. Starting with their meeting in 1946, Eisenhower cultivated a relationship with Lee-biographer, journalist and Virginia politician Douglas ...

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How were the West Berlin air corridors negotiated?
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As the documents establishing (internal organization of) the BASC and the initial flight rules show, these were "mini-agreements" signed within the framework of the Allied Control Council ...

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How were smallpox vaccines enforced in the US?
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It's hard to say how reliable this source is, but it is said in an interview with a history professor who wrote a book on the matter that in some cases more definite force was used: The events of ...

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Seeking identification of a military uniform in a watercolor painting
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It looks like a WWI Russian uniform. "Nisse" is probably "russe". The sketched uniform is rather devoid of identification marks except for the cap. Look at Brusilov's field uniform for comparison (...

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What explains the large number of US Security Council vetoes between 1970-1991?
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Apparently I was mislead by the formal version of the Negroponte doctrine. It had less formal predecessors. The 1993 article from which I'm quoting the passage below does seem to have a certain ...

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Did the Soviets lack ball bearings in WWII?
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At some point following Barbarossa there was a severe reduction in domestic production of ball bearings: Beginning in September, and right to the end of 1941, a decline in industrial output occurred. ...

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To what degree has the historical effectiveness of non-violent resistance movements been impacted by parallel violent resistance movements?
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There is a pretty recent quantitative study by Elizabeth Tompkins (2015), but like all such studies of non-violence, it's heavily biased toward recent history. Here's the title & abstract: A ...

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Why did Russia accept the legal framework that led to Kosovo's independence?
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I think a partial answer can be deduced from Russia's (2009) written statement to the ICJ proceedings on the Kosovo declaration of independence. In support of their view that 1244 implicitly ...

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