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Top new questions this week:

Was the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914 captured on film?

I have a memory of reading about how Franz Ferdinand's assassination in 1914 was captured on film and watching it, but for the life of me I cannot find this and am beginning to think I fabricated it. …

ww1 assassination  
asked by George Mandis 15 votes
answered by user995689 -2 votes

Which countries protested against the Anschluss?

In the military history museum in Vienna, one of commentaries said only a few countries protested against Anschluss. Protesting countries included China, Mexico and a few other countries I cannot …

nazi-germany austria  
asked by Lost1 7 votes
answered by fdb 2 votes

Did Japan have any continental colonies before modern times?

Imperial Japan built up an impressive collection of colonies on the Asian mainland due to their uncontested navy and comparatively modern army. Did Japan ever hold any colonies on the mainland before …

japan colonization asia colony  
asked by congusbongus 6 votes
answered by Semaphore 8 votes

What were conditions like for Chinese men subject to recruitment by the army during the Second Sino-Japanese War and Chinese Civil War?

In several accounts, it is claimed that conditions of men being recruited by the Chinese army were comparable to those in Nazi death camps. Are such accounts hyperbolic or largely accurate? Thunder …

china army  
asked by Kenny LJ 5 votes

Did the British Army burn any capitals other than Washington?

It has been written that the British invasion of Washington, and the burning of the Capitol, White House, and other public buildings, was in retaliation for American raids in Canada which caused the …

warfare british-empire war-of-1812  
asked by Bruce James 4 votes
answered by congusbongus 3 votes

How to explain the Khalkhin Gol outcome in view of Soviet weakness and Japanese strength at that time?

Conventional wisdom says that the USSR was very weak in 1939/40/41, in large part due to the purges of the 1930s, ideological interference in the armed forces, and lack of equipment, preparation and …

military soviet-union japan  
asked by Tea Drinker 4 votes
answered by sds 9 votes

Did Jefferson and Washington smoke weed?

According to this document (page 26, §1): Like all farmers, Washington probably sampled the quality and potency of what he grew, and he may have used this hemp to treat his chronic tooth …

united-states president drugs  
asked by Juicy 3 votes
answered by Ben Crowell 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?

Putting aside their reasons for wanting to do so and all the emotional responses they would provoke, was the secession of states from the Union to eventually form the Confederacy an illegal act in …

united-states law american-civil-war confederacy  
asked by Garrett Albright 29 votes
answered by E1Suave 26 votes

Why did so many Italians emigrate to Argentina?

On 13th of March, 2013, archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, became new pope of Catholic Church. He was born and raised in Argentina with Italian origins. There are more than 24 …

20th-century 19th-century italy immigration argentina  
asked by Darek Wędrychowski 13 votes
answered by choster 15 votes

Can you answer these?

Why did Shostakovich not release his 4th, but did release his 5th symphony?

Why did Shostakovich not release his 4th, but did release his 5th symphony? (The 4th was released eventually, just not when it was written)

stalin music  
asked by Akiva 2 votes

What is known about the Antiu?

According to the Wikipedia page, the Antiu were desert dwellers who were in constant war with the early pharaohs of Egypt. Is this the extent of our knowledge about them? For instance, do we know …

asked by Comp_Warrior 2 votes

How close did the French come to digging a canal across the Isthmus of Kra in the 1880s?

Ferdinand de Lesseps is known to history as the man who pushed through the construction of the Suez Canal in the 1860s. Later (from 1880 onward) he led an attempt to dig a canal through Panama, but …

south-east-asia thailand engineering  
asked by neubau 1 vote
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