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How were nobles 'promoted' in aristocracies?
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Firstly, there is the distinction between inherited versus conferred titles. Inherited titles passed more or less automatically from parent to child, e.g. King, Duke, Baron, Viscount. Conferred ...

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Why wasn't the American civil war fought between slaves and masters?
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There are two great myths of the Civil War. The Southern myth is that it was a matter of State's right i.e. not allowing a distant part of the country control another. In Europe, it was be like ...

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Why didn’t Japan attack the West Coast of the United States during World War II?
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Range of their ships... The Japanese doctrine dictated a naval battle near the home islands, a repeat of the Russo-Japanese war. They did so largely because they lacked enough fuel to reliably reach, ...

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How were medieval guilds formed?
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1) The guilds had their roots in a particular institution of Northern Europe, the Free city. Northern Europe was largely unique in that in the beginning it's cities were not seats of political power ...

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How effective were longbow archers against plate-armored infantry?
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There have been many attempts at experiments over the last couple of decades as "experimental history" has gained respectability, but, it's very hard to reproduce the past in detail. For example, in ...

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Was there a constitutional mechanism to overturn the election of Adolf Hitler?
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@Tyler Durden is substantially correct i.e. the Wermier President (then the Great WW1 General Hindenburg) did have the constitutional authority to dismiss Hitler as Chancellor of Germany, at anytime ...

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Why were Navajo code talkers used during WW2?
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Firstly, the Code/Wind talkers were used almost exclusively in front line tactical units. This meant they communicated via very short range walkie-talkies or land lines. The walkie-talkies had short ...

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Why did Sun Tzu believe you shouldn't wait beside a river when eager to fight?
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CGCampbell lays out the tactical considerations so I will add in some strategic context. The goals of warfare in Sun Tzu's day differed massively from those in our era. Wars in those days had more in ...

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Death by candle
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Candles where a fairly major fire hazard as it was difficult to shield them yet still get air. The flames were not large, people used to snuff them with their fingers. Also, as Matt Riddly has pointed ...

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Why did Gen. Lee (Civil War) surrender to the U.S?
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All these answer are right to some extent but there was one critical moment when IIRC General Preston, his artillery officer tried to convince him to take to guerrilla warfare. But Lee was already ...

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Is it true that medieval villages didn't have names?
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1) I think we're taking Manchester out of context here: The quote starts: “Because most peasants lived and died without leaving their birthplace, there was seldom need for any tag beyond One-Eye,...

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What was the historical context of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution?
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The major reason was prevent the formation of a large, politically dangerous standing army. The experience of England, then Britain, as compared to the countries of the continent in the previous 200 ...

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