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164 Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom? 2011-10-11T22:12:57.003

153 When did people decide that all caps means the writer is shouting? 2017-10-25T22:02:32.787

119 Did the ancients or other pre-industrial civilisations engage in unsustainable practices? 2017-11-15T10:13:57.447

114 Why was France granted an equal status among victors of World War II? 2013-06-25T20:05:04.583

107 How do historians and linguists know how to pronounce the names from non-phonetic scripts? 2017-12-07T18:10:50.567

100 When did the allies find out about the killing of Jews during WW2 2017-06-20T20:15:30.217

100 Why, in ancient battles, did being encircled mean defeat? 2017-08-20T19:20:15.287

97 On 1941 Dec 7, could Japan have targeted the Panama Canal instead of Pearl Harbor in a surprise attack? 2016-11-05T07:36:56.447

96 Were there women who were against giving women the right to vote? 2016-07-19T03:31:52.110

93 Why did archery not make a comeback when armor was phased out in the 18th century? 2014-09-23T18:20:31.783

89 Why bother attacking castles at all? Why not go around? 2014-06-26T13:16:54.707

89 Why were old fortifications shaped like stars and not like circles? 2017-02-27T10:33:07.483

88 Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World? 2015-02-25T13:51:52.777

86 Why didn't Imperial Japan attack the Soviet Union during World War 2? 2011-10-11T20:28:09.197

86 Why are Germans referred to so differently in different languages? 2016-05-26T06:22:32.780

84 Why China was able to unify and not Europe? 2012-10-17T11:40:19.193

84 Why was Poland spared from the Black Death? 2014-10-19T19:42:44.850

83 Did the ancient Greeks ever climb Mt. Olympus? 2016-06-04T16:11:33.180

82 Did Bill Gates steal the GUI concept from Steve Jobs? 2016-08-03T10:56:11.913

78 Why didn't Germany blockade the Strait of Gibraltar during WW2? 2016-06-14T13:21:43.180

77 How did people distinguish slaves from free people in Ancient Rome? 2014-12-06T10:53:36.577

75 Why does the United States keep using "old" date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority? 2014-03-17T12:01:44.833

75 How much smaller were medieval farm animals in England than today? 2018-01-09T14:02:45.517

71 Why did North America economically prosper, and maintain stable government and South/Central America didn't? 2017-03-30T15:52:57.897

70 Why did Canada not join the American Revolution? 2011-10-22T12:20:31.110

68 When did bombs actually look like this? 2014-05-19T11:42:40.493

68 Why were ships-of-the line not supposed to open fire on frigates during fleet actions? 2016-04-03T18:23:49.890

68 Why were Navajo code talkers used during WW2? 2016-10-26T03:18:13.670

66 Why were Indians not mass converted to Islam/Christianity? 2013-08-02T20:32:08.633

66 Identify the era or any other clues from this soldier's picture? 2017-08-06T15:18:26.930

64 Why was Africa colonized last of the continents in the Age of Discovery? 2011-10-11T21:56:08.723

63 Why did the USSR give Crimea to Ukraine? 2012-10-25T20:14:10.597

61 What damage did anti-tank rifles hope to inflict on tanks in WW2? 2016-08-30T20:34:55.793

60 How did Israel win the Six-Day War? 2011-10-15T21:15:18.663

59 How accurate or supported is Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel"? 2011-12-30T18:13:14.397

59 Why did Churchill order the destruction of the bombes? 2017-04-10T13:25:24.353

59 Why did the Germans spare Allied troops trapped at Dunkirk? 2017-08-31T00:31:21.027

58 When has a sovereign state last given territory to another as a gift? 2016-09-20T21:03:03.427

58 Was England called England in the days of King Arthur? 2017-05-24T14:41:17.333

57 Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire? 2012-02-23T12:17:44.477

57 Why didn’t Japan attack the West Coast of the United States during World War II? 2016-10-31T13:28:34.103

56 Why didn't France and UK invade Germany September 3rd 1939? 2012-09-01T16:31:35.090

56 Did Imperial Japan choose to ally with Nazi Germany because of ideological similarity? 2014-04-07T11:30:53.077

56 Why didn't Hitler have more submarines in the English channel? 2017-04-30T13:02:20.463

55 Why are so many metros underground? Isn't that more expensive than an elevated system? 2016-10-08T23:02:33.887

55 Why did Columbus cross the mid-Atlantic instead of exploring from Greenland? 2017-02-22T09:27:25.903

55 How did the Romans do division? 2017-11-03T02:18:37.020

54 How did Nazi Germany finance itself during WW2? 2012-04-24T15:17:43.933

54 Why, in the US, is Japanese brutality ignored compared with the Nazi brutality in WW2? 2013-07-15T09:20:45.793

53 History of scientific regression 2012-04-30T19:24:15.400

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