Europe European History

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....

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 does the term anti-Semite only apply to anti-Jewish people, when Arabs are also Semites?

This is a bit confusing or misleading since the terms “Semite” as used in linguistics, ancient history, and bible studies has very little to do with the term...

How did Medieval armies tell which side a soldier was on?

The Middle ages (and the earliest Modern period that followed) was an era before uniforms as we understand them. Compared to say, the 18th century, there wasn’t a standardized,...

Why did Hitler not invade Switzerland?

During World War II, the Swiss were neutral and generally speaking maintained that position, meaning that they did not declare war or offer military assistance to either power,...