What is the youngest country in the world?

The youngest country (currently) is

What is the most mind-blowing chart or infographic you've ever seen?

It has been so widely circulated that it has become a cliche, but I've never seen anything that can beat Minard's chart of Napoleon's march to Moscow.It's not just me:

Could a person from 5000 years ago learn high school math and physics? 10,000 years ago? 50,000 years ago? 100,000 years ago?

Of course -- humans are humans.  The very ancient individual(s) would need to become familiar with the social concepts of modern life to help them adjust to the concept of large numbers.  Mathematics was pretty well developed 5,000 yrs ago & numerate individuals from that period would be less likely to have difficulty with abstract mathematical concepts.

Why was Ethiopia never colonized?

Since the 16th century, certain European countries controlled parts of Africa, although their control seldom extended beyond small coastal regions.  But then, during the late 19th and early 20th century, the ideology of Imperialism took hold throughout Europe, and European powers turned their eyes on the largely unexplored and uncolonised

Who invented the concept of countries?

I don't believe that countries were

What if all the socialist and communist countries that survived after the Cold War just decided to become entirely capitalist shortly after the war? What would the world be like if it happens?

So that is sort of what happened in most places. Aside from the former SSRs in Asia, primarily Belarus and the central Asian former SSRs, all of Eastern Europe rapidly established democratic regimes and began shifting towards a market-based economy and ridding themselves of totalitarian instutitions.I'm not a

Who was the longest living human in history? How did he/she live so long?

Maftei Pop, Romania, dead 1952 age 148, see Death Certificate.Povestea celui mai longeviv roman din istorie: Barbatul care a trait 148 de ani:Ilie Stamate, Romania, dead at 145, see British Pathe film when he was 138 years old in 1966138 Year-Old Man In RumaniaWith question

How and why do people seriously deny the Holocaust?

TL;DR:People don't deny the Holocaust seriouslyHolocaust denial is profitable and popularSerious people don't deny the Holocaust, even if they doubt it.WARNING: This may become the mother of the long answers. Stop here if you don't have the time to read it lightly.


If you could delete one minute from the history of the mankind, what would it be?

The assassination of Prince of Serbia Archduch Ferdinand ,heir to Austro Hungarian empire and wife Sophie on 28 th June 1914 at 10.30 am,in Sarajevo. (He had just escaped a bomb attempt on his life!). This set the events for two world wars and millions of deaths

What would the world be like if Nazi Germany had never lost the war?

I found this answer in another question on Quora. Not realistic, but very interesting, so I thought I'd copy-paste it. (I had already saved this answer) 1943: Manstein and his Panzer Division break the Soviet encirclement of Paulus and his 6th Army. Stalingrad is then captured by Paulus who is promoted to Field

What is the cause of dehumanization and how do you help humanize a person who has been dehumanized?

First of all, let's define the word 'dehumanization' to avoid confusion and misunderstandings. In my answer, the word will be defined as 'taking away human rights from another individual', where 'human rights' refers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is because every

What if the Roman Empire had never risen?

So basically Rome stays just a backwards tribe? They never expand at all?The Carthaginian Empire would have found only one rival, the Hellenics. and maybe china later on.In that case their trade empire would have spread both to the Northern tribes, but also south to Africa. Their influence would spread out. and since they didn't believe in conquest by

What was the real reason the US invaded Afghanistan?

Most of the answers here are 100% correct, I only wish to add one point.Yes, the US invaded Afghanistan because of the Taliban's (the Afghan Gov. at the time) refused the conditions presented by the US after the 9/11 attacks, including handing over Osama Bin Laden.But

What would the world be like if Nazi Germany had never lost the war?

The Nazi idelogy does not allow them to to win WW2. The theory is simple. You are great and your army is mighty. But you there is no mercy in your heart. Conquering a country is differerent from trying to erase a race from face of the earth. Even Romans were better - their

Why was there a war between Indonesia and Singapore?

Maybe you refer to Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation in 1963-1966. It's when Indonesia disagree when Malaysia annex North Borneo. Indonesia army infiltrate Malaysia and did some sabotages. At that time Singapore still part of Malaysia, and Indonesia marines did bombing on the MacDonald house in Singapore. The Confrontation ended after Sukarno is replaced by Suharto in 1966.

What was the best naval force during WWI?

The Kriegsmarine of course. The U Boats were a revolutionary principle that gave us valuable victories by sinking Allied merchant convoys. The ships of the KM were very good also : The Bismarck and Tirpitz together they sank the Hood , destroyed Allied shipping and military ships etc. Scharnhorst , Gneisenau , Prinz Eugen ,

Who are the coolest looking people in all human history?

This man.Arguably the most successful self-promoter in the annals of history.Just look at this impossibly romantic image of the handsome devil crossing the Alps.....

Is modern society designed to keep people in debt?

I don't know, if it was truly designed that way, but it is surely succeeding, if it was. We are constantly bombarded with the message that we need more and better things. That message isn't limited to advertising, it's included

Why was Ethiopia never colonized?

Since the 16th century, certain European countries controlled parts of Africa, although their control seldom extended beyond small coastal regions.  But then, during the late 19th and early 20th century, the ideology of Imperialism took hold throughout Europe, and European powers turned their eyes on the largely unexplored and uncolonised

What is the coolest line in history?

Brace yourself for some of the coolest and the wittiest lines ever said in the world history.Winston Churchill Vs Bessie Braddock

If World War One and Two had never happened what would the world be like now?

World War II changed a lot of things globally. It physically wiped out entire cities and millions of people. Our understanding of what evil is capable of, and how to define/stop evil changed. Most importantly it changed our thinking.An important portion of this

Were people more gullible in the past?

No. People have always been and remain gullible. It is the nature of mankind that we are easily led and trusting. That is why people allow themselves to be conned cheated and taken advantage of.

What do people outside of the U.S. think about the U.S. history?

I find the Civil War interesting, and read a couple of books on it.I like the

Do any nations object to the United Nations being in the United States?

There's occasional grumbling from some quarters. Oddly, though, no one seems overly eager to foot the bill for an equivalent headquarters somewhere else. Sure, we may complain about how long the 2nd Avenue subway takes to be finished, but New York's infrastructure, communications, workforce, access to transportation, overall external security and so on and so

Why was World War 1 fought?

The First World War killed 17 million people, traumatised a generation, overturned old empires and changed the world's political order – and yet its origins often seem obscure.  So how did WWI start?The simplest answer is that the immediate cause was the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the archduke of Austria-Hungary. His

What are the worst years of each century from the 1600s to this century so far?

Hmmm.This is a tough question, but I'll try my best.17th Century:1618: Start of the Thirty Years' War, one of the most destructive conflicts in human history and the deadliest religious war in Europe to date. The war itself cost 8

How did Vietnam get so bad in the 20th century?

This is quite complicated as their were multiple small wars going on in South Viet Nam in the 1940's, and into the 1950's, that to a large extent revolved around various religions and a major criminal cartel. These three links can get you startedLiving through this and it's aftermath, from a child's eye

Who was the longest living human in history? How did he/she live so long?

Maftei Pop, Romania, dead 1952 age 148, see Death Certificate.Povestea celui mai longeviv roman din istorie: Barbatul care a trait 148 de ani:Ilie Stamate, Romania, dead at 145, see British Pathe film when he was 138 years old in 1966138 Year-Old Man In RumaniaWith question

How did the ship in the 20th century expected to be rescued during night?

Depends on which part of the 20th century you're asking about - in the second half and especially since the 80's things were pretty much advanced as they are now. Telegraph and Morse is in existence since the 19th century, helicopters, emergency numbers, etc.

What if the Ottoman Empire had had oil?

IMHO the question should be

Why do some people view socialism negatively?

Depending on the country, the term Socialism has been used in a vague sense. Particularly in the United States, the term is nearly meaningless to those who use it negatively. It represents Communism and Marxism to some, Statism to others, general Collectivism, or even all of the above mixed and matched. It's really just

What do people outside of the U.S. think about the U.S. history?

I find the Civil War interesting, and read a couple of books on it.I like the

What is the most confusing piece of historical evidence?

The term "confusing" is somewhat vague; I take it as denoting an artifact we know few about, especially if its creation, its function and its use are obscure or if it seems to be out-of-place or out-of-time. Well, here's my choice.The Antikythera Mechanism. In 1900-1901, a few

Why was World War 1 fought?

The First World War killed 17 million people, traumatised a generation, overturned old empires and changed the world's political order – and yet its origins often seem obscure.  So how did WWI start?The simplest answer is that the immediate cause was the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the archduke of Austria-Hungary. His

What are the worst years of each century from the 1600s to this century so far?

Hmmm.This is a tough question, but I'll try my best.17th Century:1618: Start of the Thirty Years' War, one of the most destructive conflicts in human history and the deadliest religious war in Europe to date. The war itself cost 8

What is your favorite era/stage of technology? Why?

A2A. Hands down, it's the phase where a new core technology becomes stable and permits the expansion into numerous specific business cases. Machine Learning is in this phase now, which is where I spend my time these days.In particular, adversarial models

Which U.S. president disliked the job the most?

Abraham Lincoln, perhaps the best President ever to live, DESPISED being in his position because he was in power during the Civil War from 1861 through 1865. All the tough, nasty decisions he had to make-some of which led to the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans-worsened his already bad disposition toward depression and acute anxiety. But he

Was Tesla really a scientist of any great historical significance or talent, or just a capable self-taught engineer and showman?

Tesla is unmatched in discoveries, inventions and genius. He did not work for government, such as teaching in a university not working in a publicly funded reserch lab. Does this make him less a scientist or even more, having no funding, no research teams, no budgets ?Einstein the great had more than one great achievement:

How did China's infrastructure survive Mongol invasion?

It did not. There were three main states in China at that time, the Jin established by Jurchen people in the north, the central plain; the Xixia by Tangut people in the west, and Southern Song in the south. The

How and why do people seriously deny the Holocaust?

TL;DR:People don't deny the Holocaust seriouslyHolocaust denial is profitable and popularSerious people don't deny the Holocaust, even if they doubt it.WARNING: This may become the mother of the long answers. Stop here if you don't have the time to read it lightly.


How was the relationship between the US and Cuba during the Cold War?

On the surface: very chilly.     Cuba's alignment with the Soviet Union was never clear, which left the U.S. politicos thinking the worst. His was a normal reaction to our Bay of Pigs invasion as it turns out.   Tales of terror by Cubans that escaped Cuba, and then Cuba venting their prisons and

What is the latest point in time at which WW2 could have been avoided?

Spring of 1919 had there been no armistice. The USA had plans and fresh troops to break the stalemate of the trenches and would have gone through to Berlin.The myth of the Reichswehr being stabbed in the back would never have

Do Americans believe in democracy?

The problem is that the quality of political culture in America has been falling downward ever since Regan when he refused to enforce labor laws existing on the books during the labor strike of Air Traffic Controllers. Labor unions used to be a strong element for rule by will of