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On average, are British and Canadians more moral than Americans?

I apologise if this question offends. I oppose stereotyping and appreciate that any nationality has fortunately produced saintly, peerless, righteous altruists and humanitarians. I'm merely trying to ...
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Could the UK have ended slavery earlier? If not, why not?

This Wikipedia timeline shows that the UK is one of the first (Please edit this if it's wrong) developed countries to abolish slavery, but could they've done so before 1843 (This Act was passed in ...
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Partitions of History of Europe [on hold]

I want to know the exact definition of 'Ancient period', 'Medieval period','Renaissance', and 'new era'. Something approximated by interval of years.
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Why is Christopher Columbus credited for “discovering” America?

Even if we ignore the millions of native Americans who lived in the continent before Columbus "discovered" it, even if we ignore other civilizations (eg: Polynesians, Phoenicians, Chinese, Arabs, ...
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Which side of the Atlantic does the jack-o'-lantern come from?

There is an often-repeated 'fact' that although the pumpkin is an American plant, the Jack-o-Lantern tradition is an older Irish tradition (e.g., in today's Washington Post) in which turnips were ...
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Did the indigenous inhabitants of Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia originate from the same diaspora?

Pacific settlement is spread over a very wide area, grouped into three common ethic or geographic groupings: Did the indigenous inhabitants of these regions originate from the same diaspora?
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What were the cultures of peasants in China during the Hundred Schools period (600-221BCE)?

During the Hundred Schools period (600-221 BCE) Chinese cultures changed significantly as ideas were contested amongst the ruling elite. What do we know of peasant cultures in China during this ...
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What distinctinve topics were frequently discussed among the common people within the period of the hundred schools of thoughts in China? [on hold]

Some topics are not universal for every time and every culture, but are universal within a certain time and among a certain people, therefore a signature of social living. In Germany for instance, ...
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Is there any country(former colony) in the world that obtained independence and then again tried to join its colonist ruler?

Is there any country(former colony) in the world that fought for/obtained independence and then again tried to join its colonist ruler? I guess an African country did so. Can anyone tell me?
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What colonies throughout history were founded by prisoners? [on hold]

I know Britain sent their criminals to establish diplomatic relations with the aborigines? Where else did such a wonderful thing of regained freedom happen?
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Did Karl Marx included racist ideas in his writings? [on hold]

Some years ago i had some funny dispute-like smalltalk with one of karl marx great-grandaughters. Maybe she took more offence than pleasure in that chit-chat, but suddenly she answered one of my ...
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What methods and processes historians use to evaluate the authenticity of a historic source?

How do historians do the first steps, that separates their conclusions,claims,theories on historic matters from history crackpots, who read some wiki articles, saw some history channel documentaries ...
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What do anthropological sources reveal about the philosophy of war among the pygmy peoples? [on hold]

Since there are different pygmy people, it is open to you about which you would like to tell. Anyway, i guess there might be some interesting ideas their philosophy of war offers, if you assume that ...
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How many school of thought were actually within the period of the hundred schools of thought? [on hold]

I would bet my already lost soul that 100 in 100 school of thoughts is just a metaphor for many, how many were actually during this period (more or less accurate) ?
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Origins of the term “Moderate Islam” [on hold]

The term "moderate Islam" or "moderate Muslim" seems to be more common than "moderate Christianity" or "moderate Judaism", based on Google ngrams. How did the term originate, who created the term, ...
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Are there historical sources from Chinese travelers about Europe?

I am referring to Ahmed Ibn Fadlan, who traveled in the 10th century around europe, as far as the European part of Russia. It is frequently mentioned that China was far more isolated, but I do not ...
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Why do post-war Hollywood WWII-themed movies ignore Japan? [on hold]

According to Wikipedia, of 13 new US-made WW2-themed war movies for 2014, only one is about fighting Japan. In fact, Wikipedia tallies 41 of these US-made or co-produced WW2-themed productions since ...
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Why does Latin America has a higher number of surviving Native Americans than North America?

Despite having the same disease susceptibility and technological inferiority against the Europeans, it seems that Native Americans have much more surviving descendants in Latin America compared to ...
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Why some monarchs are sent to exile after a country is declared a republic?

Personally, I like monarchy. Monarchs are symbols of national unity and rich heritage. Just look at British monarchy. It is a matter of their pride. And, I also think that countries like France, ...
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Before the mongol overtaking of Cairo and Alexandria, were these cities predominantly muslim or christian? [on hold]

The book offers conflicting ideas, and I can't tell. As a major entrepot, it appears to remain muslim; however, the map displaying influences on Europe points just a little to close to Alexandria to ...
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What is the origin of the black/devil riders?

From what I understand, the black/devil riders were a group of German soldiers or mercenaries who were famous for using black painted armor. They developed various techniques for fighting on ...
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What is the controversy about Kim Il-Sung's early political career?

While reading the Wikipedia article on Kim Il-Sung it states Several sources indicate that the Kim Il-sung name had previously been used by a prominent early leader of the Korean resistance, Kim ...
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Was Stalinism Totalitarian? [on hold]

There many scholars who believe Stalinism was a rule from above system of totalitarianism1. Totalitarianism being a state against society system, with the masses being "inert, featureless" (their ...
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Taiwan & Blood Type [on hold]

What is the history behind Taiwanese being interested in my blood type. It is even asked for when I sign up at websites.
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What is the last historical mention of people worshipping the Roman gods?

Today, there are many polytheists and neopagans who worship the ancient Roman gods. They are, however, a very new development, and not the descendants of an unbroken line stretching back to the Roman ...
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Is there an equivalent in chinese history to the spartans?

One thing the spartans are known for is their militaristically flavored way of life. Militaristic Decisions about their further life started as soon as childbirth, when it was decided whether to keep ...
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Why was Queretaro chosen as a fail-safe capital of Mexico?

According to this article on a person's experience in the country of Mexico, Querétaro was used as a temporary capital city of the Mexican Republic three times. What I am having trouble finding out ...
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How can software enhance our understanding of history? [on hold]

Historians use software to organize, analyze and present information derived from historical sources. I only took a short look other the shoulders of the prof working with it. there were many ...
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What was the available level of agricultural technology in late 2nd century China?

How would you characterize the situation of the agricultural technology around the time of the Yellow Turban rebellion (A.D. 184-205), when technological breakthroughs were yet about to come?
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Who wrote the Treaty of Versailles? [on hold]

The Treaty of Versailles was signed at the Palace of Versailles on the 28th of September 1919 between Germany and the Allied Powers. The Treaty of Versailles had nine main points that historians ...
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What are the typical anthropometric characteristics of the skeletons from ancient china? [on hold]

The first mentioned chinese dynasties are xia, shang and zhou. Xia and shang might be problematic because of their mythological character in historiography. Anyway, my question aims to the discovered ...
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Where the did the concept of “smear campaigns” originate?

In the US political system there have been campaigns against and for certain candidates, and this goes back to the first Presidential Elections, where both sides used to have editors of newspapers ...
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Why is dynastic history emphasised in China? What schools of thought drive this historical narrative? [on hold]

What is the reason for this peculiar ordering of the historic timeline, are there other systems of ordering the timeline based on other historic categories, events etc. ?
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What was the ratio of German to Soviet losses on eastern front during different stages of the war?

I've read somewhere that the ratio of Soviet to German casualties on the eastern front was 1.4 for the whole war. But what about data for different stages of the war? (this ratio wasn't constant after ...
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What are the written sources for chinese history? [on hold]

I ve no idea how many sources there are, but certainly there are a small number of written sources that are exceptionally important for historiograhy. Could you provide this thread with the names of ...
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Why did Hitler hate Jews? [duplicate]

why hitler and his Nazis and germans hates the Jews, Why hitler has provoked people to hate (if he really provokes) jews. And why did he spend lot of time and money to kill the jews instead of doing ...
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When did the Great Purge start?

In what month of what year did the Great Purge begin in the Soviet Union? Wikipedia's individual page says it it started in 1934, but if I Google search for "Great Purge" and "1934," nothing much ...
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When did private fighting become a capital offense in Japan?

In "Might Makes Right: Just war and just warfare in early medieval Japan", Karl Friday mentions that bushi (warriors) who violated decrees banning fighting were exiled or imprisoned under pre-Edo ...
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Were there any conquests that Ancient Rome undertook explicitly to gain control of a natural resource?

Was there ever a case when Rome conquered a territory solely for the purpose of gaining control of a specific resource (spice, ore, timber, etc....)? I'm looking for something backed up by historical ...
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What was the size of surface of a cereal crop needed per man per year during the Dark Ages in Western Europe?

If I'm a peasant during the dark ages, what surface (in meters (<- I am in advance on my time)) I need to farm to get enough cereal (for bread and brew) ? how many cereals (in kg (<- again, I'm ...
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What mechanisms made Stalinism triumphant in Russia? [on hold]

What mechanisms would you guys think made Stalinism triumphant? Firstly, what do you guys think, was Stalinism totalitarian? Was Stalin the absolute ruler over the totality of society and politics? ...
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What were the individual soldiers motivated by during World War 1?

A history book will tell you that the First World War was started due to the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and a tangled mess of alliances and defensive treaties criss-crossing ...
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What preparations went into the Tehran Conference of 1943?

The Tehran Conference during World War 2 was a hugely important meeting, and perhaps more importantly, a hugely dangerous proposition. Having all those leaders together in one place risked utter ...
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Were most African slaves were castrated by the arabs in relation to the whole number? [on hold]

For different reasons black slaves were castrated by their arab masters. Searching for further information on this topic i could not find anything about exceptional rules. For instance my assumption ...
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When became turks finns? [on hold]

As you know turkish language is similar to turkish language, because finnish language derived from turkish, but changed a little so turks can nowadays only understand about 20 percent of finnish. What ...
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Is there any evidence of post-landbridge travel across the Bering Strait?

During the era of the landbridge across the Bering Strait, evidence suggests that people traveled from Asia to North America by foot, becoming the first humans in the Americas and the ancestors of the ...
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How long would it take the turkish army to conquer germany? [on hold]

Turkish army is similar powerfull to us-army and chinese-army. But that does not quantify how long in a real word scenario it would take to conquer germany.
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How would you explain to someone with a low IQ what an ideology is? [on hold]

In lyrics about turan and how turks founded the chinese dynasty there is a lot of mentioning of ideology. it is a word often heard but i can not understand its meaning in history, the wikipedia ...
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What toilet facilities were available at large formal gatherings in 19th century America?

I have seen many woodcuts and engravings of large groups of 19th century partygoers dressed in their finery enjoying themselves at parties or balls. Sooner or later in any gathering, nature calls. ...

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