Wladimir Palant
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How did Israel win the Six-Day War?
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If you look only at the numbers, then Israel was bound to lose the war of course. The Arab countries had far more soldiers and they also had better/more equipment (the Soviet Union supplied them well)....

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When did the practice of formally "declaring war" cease and why?
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Theoretically, wars are still supposed to be declared. To quote the Hague Convention III of 1907: The Contracting Powers recognize that hostilities between themselves must not commence without ...

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Why did the Soviet Union get 3 seats in the UN?
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The Soviet Union had three seats in the UN. In addition to the Soviet Union itself, two of the Soviet republics had seats: Ukraine and Belarus. This obviously didn't make much sense given that neither ...

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When were swords last used in European warfare?
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Cavalry sabres (a.k.a. Shashkas) were still widely used in the Russian Civil War (1918-1922) and appear in many books on that period. This weapon is primarily associated with Cossacks even though it ...

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Which Confederate State provided the most troops in the American Civil War?
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As far as Union states go, this table seems to provide accurate information. However, the info on Confederate army is very incomplete. You can find statements that North Carolina supplied the most ...

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Why didn't Moldova unite with Romania?
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There is a long documentation of the process on Wikipedia which doesn't really answer your question however. It does make it obvious that there are large population groups both in Romania and Moldova ...

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Why was Germany held accountable for WW1?
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The moral justification isn't hard to find. Russia was the only Allied power to enter the war "on its own". If you look at the stated reasons of other countries: Germany declared war on France because ...

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Is there any research explicitly contradicting facts in Suvorov's "Icebreaker" book series claiming that Stalin intended to attack Hitler in 1941?
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I was referring to Alexei Isaev's book Antisuvorov (Russian). He lists a bunch of falsifications in the preface of his book. First example is Suvorov's quoting of colonel S. Hvalei's book (approximate ...

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How long would it take to travel from England to western Africa in the late 1890's?
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Ok, first we need to find the destination port. Wikipedia notes that Ada and Prampram were important ports in addition to Accra. Good, can we find logs from any ships that traveled from England to ...

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How unfavorable were the terms of Germany's "surrender" in WW1?
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Very unfavorable. While the Treaty of Versailles doesn't explicitly call it a surrender, Germany did surrender and was forced to accept all responsibility for the war (while obviously not being the ...

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In which document was the exact course of the northern part of the German-Polish border decided?
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The answer is apparently: this border isn't defined anywhere. As you correctly noted, the result of the Potsdam Conference was the Oder-Neiße-line as Poland's western border, without any exception for ...

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How was Israel able to build a powerful military within days of the formation of the state?
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The Arab-Israeli conflict didn't start in 1948, it has a long history and was particularly intensified after the British government promised Palestine both to its Arab and Jewish population in the ...

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Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
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Your examples don't really count. Yes, polytheistic religions don't consider all gods as equals. But that's simply the hierarchy of human societies applied to gods, it comes naturally with the human ...

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Did the U.S. and Soviet Union have a submarine battle in 1968?
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The original source for the stories you heard is apparently the book "Scorpion Down" by Ed Offley. The book's statements are questionable to say the least and this book review makes a good point. I ...

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How did Alexander III of Macedon get the title "the Great"?
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I think the first time he is mentioned as "Alexander the Great" (at least in the sources known to us) is Quintus Curtius Rufus' "Historiae Alexandri Magni Macedonis", this "Magni" has been translated ...

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When and where was salt as valuable as gold?
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I don't think that gold and salt ever were equal in value, that's an exaggeration. Salt was very valuable however, particularly because of its use for conservation - valuable enough to make one very ...

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What kind of labor was used to build the Egyptian pyramids?
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Maybe your source was National Geographics. However, it completely fails at explaining where this theory comes from and which facts speak in its favor (it prefers to present it as a fact). This BBC ...

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Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
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Unfortunately, we cannot ask Hitler about that and he didn't leave any written notices about his reasons. So every answer to that question is a speculation and I've seen a number of such speculations. ...

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Were there originally seats in the elevators in the Eiffel Tower?
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It is unfortunately far easier to prove the presence of seats than their absence. The newspapers worldwide covered the Eiffel Tower in great detail and I decided to check what they wrote about the ...

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Was Russo-Polish of 1919-1920 a war of independence?
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If Germany decided to invade Poland to get back East Prussia that it lost to Poland after WWII - would it be a war of independence? One needs a lot of fantasy to call the Polish–Soviet War (this ...

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What was the actual value of tea destroyed during the Boston Tea Party?
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This information turned out surprisingly easy to find. The Boston Tea Party museum website lists the following facts: 342 chests on three ships 92,000 pounds (roughly 46 tons) reported damage £9,659 ...

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What were the original casualty projections for Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
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I found Vincent C. Jones' 1985 book Manhattan, the Army and the atomic bomb. While it doesn't mention the death toll estimates, it does offer some insight on pages 531 and 532. In particular, it ...

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How was Australia able to start to demobilize in 1944?
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Whether there was immediate danger or not, Australia was still at war - a demobilisation at this point would be strange to say the least. I suspect that you misinterpret Frank Welsh here and the ...

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Why did Italy abandon its alliance with Germany in WW1 and join the Allied side?
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It is easy to explain why Italy didn't join the war: they had little to gain from it, maybe they also didn't feel prepared. Alliances are always theory and a country can refuse to be dragged into a ...

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Plans for More Nuclear Warfare in Japan during WW2
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The book Manhattan, the Army and the atomic bomb has a chapter dedicated to the choice of bombing targets on pages 528 – 530. It makes clear that the original intention was to drop four bombs. ...

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How well can cavalry fight infantry?
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There are no magic recipes to win a war. Caesar's tactic was new and surprising, it demoralized the attackers who were certain of their superiority. But this only works once - once that tactic was ...

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What factors related to the Eastern Crisis contributed to the outbreak of World War 1?
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The Eastern Crisis was certainly one of the factors that led to World War I, however it was not the only one. On the one hand, clearly the decay of the Ottoman Empire caused both Austria-Hungary and ...

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Why didn't Imperial Japan attack the Soviet Union during World War 2?
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Japan was interested in extending its influence in Asia and for that it had to confront either USSR or USA. While I don't think that the exact reason for choosing USA is known, Japan was at a clear ...

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Did any historically known figure produce such a quote?
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This quote is being attributed to Winston Churchill, e.g. here: http://runmen.mmm-tasty.ru/entries/3465785. The Russian text on that page is literally the one you asked about (and the book you were ...

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Did Stalin want to restore the Russian Empire's borders?
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First of all, I don't really see why you think that USSR didn't get Lvov according to the pact. It is true that Germans captured Lvov before going back and letting Russians in (according to a ...

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