Rincewind42
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Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
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Scotland has gradually changed to using English without being conquered by England. Now I shall temper that a little in that there have been English speaking people living in Scotland just as long as ...

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Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
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Germany always wanted to attack and defeat Soviet Russia. There is an ideological battle between fascism and communism. Germany really thought that Russia was the enemy of the world. Some Germans ...

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Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
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Democratication came at the hands of improved communications, improved education, the industrial revolution and the agricultural revolution. Not at the hands of cheap weapons. The invention of the ...

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How did a besieged city/castle defend itself vs. catapulting diseased dead bodies into it?
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The first example of catapulting plague victims into a besieged city was that of Caffa (Modern day Feodosia) in the Crimea. This was in fact the first account of plague in European history. Caffa had ...

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WWI trench tactics using shields?
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Shields for soldiers were tried during the First World War. In order to stop high power rifle rounds, they had to be rather heavy weight steel plate. This made them difficult to move and carry. One ...

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Great Wall of China Controversy
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It has long been known that the eastern end of the Great Wall is not Shanhaiguan. Sections of wall exist all over China's North East as well as what is now Mongolia and Korea, well beyond Shanhaiguan. ...

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Since the inception of the United States, has the term "America" ever referred to something more than simply "the United States"?
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From a British perspective, America is not used exclusively as a synonym for the USA. I have several times encountered the conversation: "Where are you from" "America." "Oh cool. Which country." "...

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Who was responsible for the partition of India?
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The actual decision of how to divide the country - how to draw the partition line - was the work of, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, chair of the Border Commissions. There were two border Commissions. One for ...

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Is there any historical evidence of boiling oil being poured on attackers?
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Like this thread on catapulting diseased dead bodies, the pouring of boiling oil and tar did happen, though not so commonly. Remember that many castles never saw action. Many more castles were built ...

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How accurate and detailed were geographical maps created and updated by the Romans?
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Well one way to answer would be to just show you some Roman maps. While they are not a perfect as modern maps, I would say that, for Europe at least, they are not bad. Remember that until recent times ...

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Why did non-monarchic rule meet with so little success in ancient China?
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I think the answer lies in the Chinese idea of the Mandate of Heaven. Literally the ruler was allowed to rule because heaven blessed him. This idea goes all the way back to the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 ...

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How strong is the current theory of the beginnings of Chinese writing?
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The Yellow Emperor (Huang Di) is a mythical character to which many inventions are attributed. However, like King Arthur or Robin Hood, there is no evidence that he ever really existed. The legend ...

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Why did Canada, Australia and New Zealand separate from the UK?
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Scotland, Ireland and Wales along with England were all integral parts of the UK with full representation in the UK government. The four nations each benefited from the Union, for the most part anyway....

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Was there any separation between hunting bow technology and weapon bows?
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The arrow is the key difference rather than the bow. English longbows were used both for hunting and fighting. When visiting musiums, I usually see just bows described as bows but the arrows described ...

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Is there a Greek myth of Poseidon "dating" his daughter in the form of a dolphin?
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Poseidon is associated with dolphins. There are also stories of him having various sexual encounters with a large number of other humans and gods. These do include rapes and also transformations into ...

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