Thorsten S.
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What era is this German 10 DM banknote from?
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This is an addition to Semaphore's answer: This is the 10 D-Mark note of the third edition of the Deutsche Mark, the Gemäldeserie BBk I (1961) (painting series). It was designed by the Swiss ...

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Since when and why do some academic publishers use, prefer or enforce endnotes instead of footnotes
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It is a bit complicated... Since printing exists, its applications created professionals who were creating documents by hand. Books, and in later times magazines, were expensive because of the ...

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In WW2, why did Germany sink allied supply convoys instead of capturing them?
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How do you imagine that's gonna to happen? You are talking about convoys, not single and unarmed merchant ships etc. which have been in fact captured by German raiders like Schwern answered in detail....

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Why are the majority of Dresden inhabitants atheists or agnostics?
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German here. You see here a chart of the predominant confessions in Germany: Wikimedia Commons, Martin Sander, CC BY-SA 3.0, 2013-06-23 As you see, approximately one third is Roman-Catholic (yellow),...

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Were defendants at the Nuremberg trial allowed to deny the holocaust?
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Yes, they were able to deny the Holocaust. First every party was asked before the trial if they consider themselves guilty or innocent and everyone declared himself innocent. Julius Streicher, who ...

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Did the Germans lose the U-Boat war in World war II because of a shortage of quality, rather than quantity?
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The reasons the Germans lost the Battle of Atlantic: ULTRA: The reason number one, cracking the Enigma. By cracking the encryption the German U-Boats were playing with open cards. The British were ...

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Why did Hitler treat the Slavs inconsistently?
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Very good question where the answer is AFAIK still open and I think you also pointed out the discrepancies well. Some possible explanations: Ideology (Lebensraum). As you can see in the wikipedia ...

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Why did Chamberlain remain Prime Minister of Britain until 10 May, 1940?
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From a German perspective I also think it is unfair to paint Chamberlain as a pacifist who would avoid war at all costs and was unsuitable for the job. He declared war together with France on ...

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Why was the date moved by 10 days instead of 9 during Gregorian calendar reform?
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The reform corrected the timepoint of Easter, the highest religious ceremony in Christendom. Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after spring (fixed on March 21st). Equinox correction ...

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How could Jews integrate into Western modern society back when Saturday was a normal working day?
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Reform Judaism does not view the Sabbath as irrevocable holy day and the movement which started mid 19th century grew considerable so that your remark "they were indistinguishable from non-jews ...

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Organized and intentional suicide attacks during military conflicts
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The Battle of the Long Sault While the historiography gives many conflicting details and claims without sources (Some historians said...), I refer to the writings by contemporary witness Pierre-...

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How did Columbus calculate the size of the Earth?
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Well, Columbus case is one hallmark how to cherry-pick your data to come to desirable conclusions. Columbus began with the values of the best sources available: from the Arabian astronomer al-...

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How did the Romans do division?
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The usage of using numerals for division neither existed nor was it necessary. Symbols were only used for recording results. This also explains why the romans used their system because it is easy for ...

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Did Germany's role in WW2 affect the historical perception of its role in WW1?
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As German my perspective: Sure WWII influenced the role of WWI for the coming generations. Once you get the role as baddie, it is quite hard to get away from the image which is quite understandable ...

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Have American gangsters ever helped their government in war time out of patriotism?
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Given that the answers so far are not sufficient because they are only subsuming the Wikipedia link pointed out by Clint Eastwood , I line out the answer given in Wikipedia and give out the sources in ...

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What was the economic basis for West Berlin?
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Your question is legitimate and in fact the unique state of West-Berlin had much influence what would happen in the Future. The city was depopulating. Berlin lost nearly half a million people from ...

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Why were Navajo code talkers used during WW2?
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"The Code Book" of Simon Singh mentions several points why code talkers where so useful. Speed: One of the colonels in charge tried exactly that: code machine against Navajo code. The Navajo was able ...

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Did Hitler brag about or downplay his war experiences in WW I in appealing to 1932 voters?
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To be frank, it seems the author has no clue. [...], he didn't have friends or relatives in high places, [...] He was in the Beer Hall Putsch which was promoted by Erich Ludendorff, the former ...

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How to rebut Holocaust denial argument?
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I think this is one of the key examples when people assert that it is wrong or people should not take it seriously or claiming a conspiracy theory without looking it up because it is actually true. ...

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How could Eratosthenes measure the circumference of the Earth?
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Simple. While the earth moves around the year, the sun seemingly moves around between the Tropic of Cancer (north) and the Tropic of the Capricorn (south). In the north this is begin of summer and ...

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Why were the Germans and Russians so fixated on an unlikely "separate peace" in 1945?
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I am sorry, but as a German I must dismiss your precondition that "the Germans" hoped for a separate peace. To the best of my knowledge the Germans were in general not aware of that idea because it ...

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What was the legal status of an East German once he had reached West Germany?
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I think you need to know some background information concerning the division of Germany. There was one Germany, the Deutsches Reich. The Allies defeated it and divided it into four parts: the British, ...

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Do Real Roman and Greek warriors have big muscles and six-pack abs like in the movie?
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Well, try it out: Equipment of a Roman Soldier: Tunika (Tunica) Cloak (Paenula) Scarf (Focale) Military belt (Cingulum Militare) Sandal (Caligae) Helmet (Galea oder Cassis) Armor (Lorica) Sword (...

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Did Heisenberg undermine the German atomic bomb by deliberately hiding his expertise from the Nazis?
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How did that different perspectives on Heisenberg occur ? Robert Jungk published the (in my opinion excellent) book "Heller als tausend Sonnen" (Brighter than thousand suns) in 1956 about the fate ...

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Did Antarctica remain entirely unvisited by humans until the early 19th century?
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In addition to the other answers I would add that Antarctica is well protected by the Westerlies, a zone of westerly winds surrounding it from 30-60° S. These bands are named "Roaring Forties", "...

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If modern human existed for hundreds of thousands years why was writing invented only some 7000-9000 years ago?
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The first thing is that we do not know how difficult it is to invent scripture if you haven't it. In retrospect things which we consider now "easy" were judged as rubbish or impossible. The second ...

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Is the claim that Hitler came to power democratically justified?
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Yes. No. The problem is the situation in which the Weimar Republic persisted. Germany lost the War and was in a very bad condition. For the NSDAP (Nazis) and the DNVP (Nationalists and Monarchists) ...

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Why did it take so long for humanity to be able to cross the oceans?
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I will add following reasons to sds answer: Ability to move back If your sails only allow courses before the wind, relying on wind alone is a death trap. Noone wants to be pushed away from the safe ...

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Cost of education in Germany in 1900
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Nothing. Absolutely nothing. EDIT: I have asked an older student and before the 1970s there was in fact a so-called "Hörergeld" "listener money" which was in the range of 100-200 Mark (comparable to ...

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Why didn't the Greeks or Romans have an Industrial Revolution?
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More people. Europe in the era of the Romans has an estimated population of 30 million people, which increased to 100 million people in 1800 and now to 700 million people. You do not produce goods ...

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