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Top new questions this week:

Why was Britain willing to return Hong Kong but not Gibraltar?

Why was Britain willing to return Hong Kong to China, but not Gibraltar to Spain? Was it because Gibraltar has more strategic value than Hong Kong?

china british-empire united-kingdom spain international-relations  
asked by user8781 30 votes
answered by Semaphore 50 votes

How was security on the Silk Road between China and the West maintained?

From the 2nd century BC to the beginning of the 15th century the Silk Road (or more correctly roads, as there were alternative routes) was the primary trade route between China and the West. One ...

middle-ages economy trade medieval-china  
asked by Bruce James 10 votes
answered by Rajib 16 votes

How large were the East India Company armed forces?

The British East India Company maintained an armed force large and competent enough to subdue and control Mughal India, but just how large was it? How comparable was it to contemporary national ...

military india british-empire colonisation  
asked by James 7 votes
answered by Semaphore 9 votes

What is the largest overnight depreciation?

What is the largest overnight currency depreciation? How large, which currency and when? When examining historical records of currency depreciation, it is helpful to have a better understanding of ...

economy currency records  
asked by Justin North 7 votes
answered by Semaphore 7 votes

Are there any scientific estimates for Mycenaean Greece population?

There are a lot of population estimates for Greece of antiquity (from Archaic period circa VIII century B.C. to the late Roman times of Theodosius 395 A.D.) in academic press. Also I found few ...

ancient-greece mycenae population  
asked by Max 6 votes
answered by Tyler Durden 3 votes

Was Alexander the Great ever an emperor?

His biographies usually refer to him as king of Macedon, but call the lands where he ruled over his "empire". Was he recognized in or after his time as an emperor who ruled over the Greek, Macedonian ...

ancient-history ancient-greece alexander-iii-greece  
asked by Gao Weiwei 5 votes
answered by Semaphore 7 votes

How did the Germans get homes again after WWII?

After a large number of homes were destroyed in the war, how did the average German become a homeowner again? I know about the Marshall Plan, but this question does not refer to how the economy in ...

economy germany world-war-2 post-war  
asked by vsz 4 votes
answered by Tyler Durden 6 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why didn't Imperial Japan attack the Soviet Union during World War 2?

Japan and the Soviet Union shared a common border in Manchuria and the German invasion of the Soviet Union weakened the Soviets greatly. In view of the advantages to Japan in seeing the Soviet Union ...

20th-century ww2 japan soviet-union  
asked by Jay Riggs 56 votes
answered by io.x86 52 votes

Meaning of samurai crest / symbol

I would like to ask you all to explain the meaning of the 8-th symbol in this picture*: I would like to also know what are those symbols? Thank you very much. * Source: ...

middle-ages japan heraldry samurai  
asked by Martin Nemeth 7 votes
answered by Semaphore 10 votes

Can you answer this?

Did the U.S. actively encourage discord between the Soviets and Chinese?

According to historian Lorenz M. L├╝thi, one of the defining events of the Cold War, the Sino-Soviet split (1960 to 1989) was principally fueled by Mao's interpretation of Communist ideology and his ...

united-states soviet-union china cold-war  
asked by Bruce James 3 votes
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