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What did Hitler do his first week in power?

The first week wasn’t especially important but it was part of a very short arc that saw Hitler go from opposition political leader to absolute dictator in a series of steps....

Have bathrooms always been segregated by gender? If not, when did this practice begin?

The first gender-segregated bathroom facilities in the modern era date from a 1739 ball in Paris, but that’s not quite that simple. In fact, toilet use was segregated...

What was pre-Industrial Revolution junk food?

The boring answer is, quite simply, nothing. “Junk food” as a term dates to the Information Revolution. Even “junk” meaning valueless waste is first...

How did banks work in the Soviet Union?

Banking in the Soviet Union was provided by a state-run and owned bank, Gosbank (literally: The State Bank.) Gosbank was an interesting entity that evolved from the Tsarist...

Neo-Nazis are often heavily tattooed. But what did Hitler and the Nazis think of tattoos?

The history of the tattoo, while explored in various contexts – especially non-European ones apparently – hasn’t been really well explored for Nazi Germany. However,...

What happened to all the little Kings when all their little Germanies became the German Empire?

The scope of this question runs from 1866 with the defeat of the Austrians in the Austro-Prussian war of the same year through to the split of Germany in 1945 after Hitler’s...

Why Watergate was such a big scandal?

Watergate is an incredibly interesting period of political history that is greatly misunderstood by many people today. It helps to think of the scandal not as a single...

How did the Union and Confederate armies compare to European armies at the time?

The US armies were operating in different circumstances than most European countries. It didn’t really have any major powers to defend against, operated in a huge area, and...

Why was salt so scarce and valuable when it is in the ocean everywhere?

There are a number of reasons. First of all, everyone needs salt. Salt deficiency is deadly, and the threat of salt deprivation has been a tool of state power in salt-poor...

When did the US Army stop using the white star roundel on it’s vehicles and why?

In 1972 and 1973 (August through the winter to March), the United States Army Mobility Equipment Research and Development Center (USAMERDC) along with the Mobile Army Sensor...