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Top new questions this week:

Why was the Japanese Army's fatalities inflicted:suffered ratio so low in the Pacific theatre?

Leaving aside the naval battles of the Pacific, why did the Japanese army do so poorly against allied forces (specifically United states and Australian forces) when on the defensive. While logistics ...

united-states world-war-two japan australia  
asked by Stumbler 34 votes
answered by NSNoob 52 votes

In WWII, what were the major differences in tank combat on the eastern and western fronts?

Nearly every nation deployed tanks in World War II. What are some differences in tactics between the eastern front in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the western front in France, the Low Countries, and ...

world-war-two tanks combat  
asked by I Like Computurs 21 votes
answered by Schwern 33 votes

Has a plague ever caused a civilization to collapse?

It is a fairly common trope in apocalyptic fiction to imagine a plague to cause modern civilization to completely collapse. (c.f. Stephen King's "The Stand" ). But has this ever actually happened in ...

asked by Steven Burnap 13 votes
answered by knut 20 votes

Why did Switzerland not grant votes to women until 1971?

I was shocked to learn yesterday that Switzerland didn't grant votes to women until 1971. Other European foot-draggers like France granted this right at the end of the second world war, making ...

political-history switzerland women voting  
asked by Matt Thrower 9 votes

Could any Habsburg kings of Hungary speak Hungarian?

From 1526 to 1918, Hungary was ruled by the Habsburgs. Could any of the Habsburg kings speak Hungarian, and if so, to what degree? I know that Sissi, the consort of Franz Joseph I, was particularly ...

language royalty hungary austria-hungary  
asked by Psychonaut 6 votes
answered by LuboŇ° Motl 3 votes

Has there ever been a war between members of a personal union?

A personal union occurs when two otherwise independent states (each with their own territories, governments, etc.) come to share the same monarch. Has it ever come to pass that two member states of a ...

war government monarchy  
asked by Psychonaut 6 votes

Why did the Swabian Hohenzollern princes give away their power to the Prussian king in 1850?

The small independent country of Hohenzollern in southwestern Germany was run by two princes until 1850, when it was given away to the king of Prussia, who was a distant cousin to the princes (also ...

19th-century germany prussia  
asked by Bregalad 6 votes
answered by Tom Au 8 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why didn't battleship Bismarck have more support with it?

The primary objective of battleship Bismarck was to sink transporters coming from the US and sailing to Europe in order to transport goods (oil, food..). It encountered HMS Hood and sank it. German ...

world-war-two naval  
asked by none 42 votes
answered by Schwern 62 votes

Was Alexander the Great Greek or Macedonian?

This question has been confusing me for a while. Was Alexander the Great Greek or Macedonian? He was born in Pella, Macedonia, but is he considered Greek? Did nationality and ethnicity mean different ...

ancient-history ancient-greece alexander-iii-greece hellenistic-greece greek  
asked by The Byzantine 14 votes
answered by Yannis 25 votes

Can you answer these?

Federal courts under the Articles of Confederation

The ninth Article of Confederation establishes federal judicial jurisdiction in some cases, including "disputes and differences now subsisting or that hereafter may arise between two or more States ...

united-states constitution articles-of-confederation  
asked by Michael Hardy 2 votes

What was church life in England like after the act of supremacy in 1532? Did churchgoers find any change in the sacraments from day one?

Where did Henry VIII find the priests to administer the services? How were they bound? Could (or did) any priests refuse to follow the new ways? Why were only the monks targeted for dissolution? ...

england everyday-life reformation  
asked by fuckuall 2 votes

Who fixed new year's day as 25th March in 1155 CE

I have read that New year's day was fixed at Lady Day 25th March from 1155 until the reform in 1752, but I can't find out who fixed it and why, can anybody help? Responding to the comment by C.G. ...

asked by Harry Weston 4 votes
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