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What event best represents the long struggle for equality for African Americans? [on hold]

I'm thinking about writing a short book about the civil rights movement in the U.S. I want the first chapter of the book to recount some event (between when the first African slaves arrived in America ...
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Who was the highest ranking spy ever?

I wonder who was the highest ranking government official working knowingly and clandestinely for a foreign government. Two nominations are possible: Traitors A citizen of country X working ...
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Presidents of the French Tribunate from 1799 to 1807

who were the presidents of the French Tribunate from 1799 to 1807? the French wiki only has an undated list of names (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribunat): Pierre Daunou Jean-Nicolas Démeunier ...
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52 views

Who were the Deer Touchers?

About 20 years ago I read an article in a periodical (can't remember which periodical) about a tribe of natives (I believe they were North American) who had a tradition of touching live deer. They ...
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56 views

Usage of German camoflage during World War II

Although most do not know this, Germans used camouflage during the war. The grey uniform was only ceremonial. However, they are pictured without the camo 99% of the time so I'd like to ask, during ...
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28 views

Historical reform that we can relate to today [on hold]

My main question: Are there some reforms in the period 1500 - 1877, in America, that are (commonly) used as examples for major problems today, to extrapolate from the past and adapt their solutions? ...
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What is the status of Weber's protestant ethic thesis?

Max Weber in his famous book The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism elaborates a thesis that relates the development of the capitalistic system is a result of the work ethic that emerged ...
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46 views

Everyday Life in Vichy France [on hold]

How did the war happening on either side affect life, until it finally rolled over them? What happened to cafes when coffee was in short supply? Would a cigarette butt on the sidewalk set off a little ...
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153 views

How many soldiers did Ghengis Khan field?

I'm looking for the number of soldiers the Mongol Empire had at the time of Genghis Khan. What percentage of them were ethnically Mongolians?
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How were Muslim Turks treated in Byzantine Empire?

While reading about the Palaiologan Renaissance on Wikipedia, I was intrigued to find that a mosque was rebuilt in Constantinople, which was destroyed during the fourth crusade(read about it here). I ...
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Why did the jews leave Israel and spread out through the world? [on hold]

When and what lead jews to leave Israel after the Roman conquest and spread out through out the world?
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Employment statistics in Germany since mid-19th century

What is the most reliable source of employment statistics in Germany? I am interested in the time period starting from mid-19th century all the way to present days.
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How did the Alien and Sedition acts pass?

The Alien and Sedition acts, passed in 1798, are said to have been an attempt by the Federalist Party to suppress opposition. In Chapter 74 Section 2, the law seems to put restrictions on freedom of ...
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Why do so many national flags contain the color red?

I was doing some riddles with my daughter today and mentioned some nations. She had to 'calculate' how many of those nations' flags had the color red in them. As it happened, all of them did. In ...
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Have the results from Computational Physics disprove any physics theory? [on hold]

We are familiar with the instances when experimental results disproved physics theories, such as the Michelson-Morley experiment. What about computational physics results? To date, is there any ...
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63 views

How did Americans' hatred of taxes shape the country up through the Gilded Age? [on hold]

It is clear that many Americans hated taxes and that it was one of the causes of the Revolutionary War. However, the effect of taxes shaping America after Independence up until the Gilded Age is not ...
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75 views

Outdoors Survival Knowledge for Samurai?

Did any era's Samurai know Outdoors Survival Knowledge? If so, which eras, which country (or however Japan separated its land at that time), and how much did they know?
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Why did the French nobility adopt Calvinism?

The Wikipedia article on the French Wars of Religion) says that the Calvinist form of Protestantism, in particular, spread into the nobility. Now, I'd like to know why is that, and not Lutheranism for ...
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Did native Mexicans prefer Spanish rulers to the Aztecs?

In his letter to Charles V, Hernan Cortes states that "it was only necessary to threaten to return them [the natives] to their native masters in order to make them serve the Spaniards very willingly." ...
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Other than coffee and tobacco what major product became Cuba's source of wealth in the 18th century?

How did the Industrial Revolution affect the production of this commodity? What, if any, affect did the Great Depression have on the industry?
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Where to find Titan Ramsay Peale Prints [closed]

Is there any book or otherwise containing prints of Titian Ramsay Peale that one can purchase? Some of the originals are on display at the American Philosophical Society Museum in Philadelphia. Here ...
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Are there Monarchist History Textbooks, or Monarchist History Courses? [closed]

I am looking for (World, American, European, whatever) history textbooks, printed in English, that have a monarchist perspective, or at least condemnation of all rebellion and revolution and an ...
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134 views

How were snipers used on the western front during WW2?

When the topic of snipers in WWII comes up, it's almost always about Soviet snipers and the eastern front. What about the western front? I'm specifically interested in how or if the British, American, ...
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30 views

What distinguished the Republican Party of Liberia from the True Whig Party?

What was the difference between the two parties? Wikipedia says that the Republican Party was made up primarily of Americo-Liberians who had mixed African and European ancestry. I assume the TWP was ...
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Use of lead sheets in reconstruction of late medieval tower?

I guess it's more of an archaeology question, but this is the closest forum I could find. So, we stopped at Gardiki Castle, Corfu, Greece, built in the late Byzantine era in the 13th century, and ...
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64 views

Did Socrates earn money (get paid) for philosophy? [closed]

I have only read Platos Apology, so I was rather surprised when a recent comment said he "was paid". A quick look at Wikipedia find this In The Clouds Aristophanes portrays Socrates as ...
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63 views

What method did the Dravidian people of South India utilize to make fire? [on hold]

I would like to know the method Dravidians used to make fire. Does any of the literature or poems written by them mention the method they adopted?
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Did Hongwu Emperor flay 5000 women, and why?

On Wikipedia, there is a snippet that reads: The Hongwu Emperor flayed many servants, officials and rebels.[5][6] In 1396 he ordered the flaying of 5000 women.[7] The problem is that the second ...
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Which book/text contains the most complete/popular Asclepius myth? [closed]

I want to cite the story of Asclepius for my classics paper (how he was a healer, raised people from the dead, was smited by Zeus). However, I don't know which book has his most complete story. Which ...
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Did Alan Turing's colleague Peter Hilton brother die?

The recent film The Imitation Game detailed Alan Turing's successful efforts to crack Enigma, the German encoding used to encrypt radio messages. Eventually Turing cracks Enigma, and he and his ...
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92 views

Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor? [closed]

On December 7, 1941, The United States was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii because: A) The U.S. cut off sales of oil to the Japanese B) The Japanese felt disrespected by the allies ...
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25 views

Historical African Demographic and Agriculture Data

I'm looking for resources that give the the demographic breakdown of African nations for the time period 1880-1960 (so colonization), such as from censuses. Primarily, I need the european share of the ...
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1answer
101 views

How long did it take to build earth dikes with low-tech tools?

Let's say you're in charge of a group of laborers anywhere from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages. Your job is to build a dike made of earth, a couple of meters high and presumably about the same width ...
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53 views

On the electoral system of Roman centuriate assembly

The centuriate assembly (Comicia centuriata) was arguably the most important assembly of the Roman republic. It was in charge of electing consuls, praetors and censors, of voting laws, declaring war ...
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When was the concept of “art criticism” first seen?

Today being an art critic is a full time occupation for some individuals. When/where does the concept of "art criticism" first come into being? Clarify I am NOT looking for a random person sharing ...
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Does anyone know about Intel chip fiasco? [closed]

Could anyone tell about the Intel chip fiasco.I've heard this term while referring a document about Reasoning in artificial intelligence.
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how does Russia balance her relationship with both the Arab world and Israel? [closed]

Russian relationship with Israel and the Arab world how does she balance it and we all know that there is tension between those two (its for my college essay paper)
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Conditions of Polish minority in Weimar Republic?

It's a well known fact that the border between Germany and the re-created Poland in 1918 was decided by the allies. It was drawn semi-arbitrairly following the places where the majority of people were ...
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128 views

What is / are the specific reason(s) for Vyacheslav Molotov's fall from grace with Joseph Stalin?

From the 1930's through World War 2, Vyacheslav Molotov seemed to be the face of the Soviet Union in most diplomatic circles. Sometime after the war he lost favor with Stalin. Some reports say to the ...
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35 views

Brown vs Board of Topeka [closed]

I searched up this landmark case. Something in the book intrigues me. This is what the book says After hearing argument in 1952, it [supreme court] invited rearguments in 1953, announced a ...
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0answers
65 views

How can the impact of moving the Brazilian capital be analyzed? [closed]

Around 50 years ago Brasília became the capital of Brazil. The distances between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro - where the biggest part of the population live - from Brasília are big enough to have ...
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256 views

How was the current month and day disseminated to the townspeople of Medieval Europe?

How was the current month and day disseminated to the townspeople of the Medieval Europe? I'm quite sure that personal calendars weren't a thing back then... but I could be wrong... If they had a ...
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83 views

CIA mole in Indira Gandhi's Cabinet

It is discussed in several books that the CIA had a mole in Indira Gandhi's cabinet around the time of the Liberation war for Bangladesh in 1971. There are conflicting reports about who the mole could ...
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Which culture first referenced bigfoot?

Bigfoot and Sasquatch have a lot of tales and history in different regions. What was the first point of reference for these stories/sightings. Also to make this a little clearer. Can we just throw ...
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Audio of senior Nazis speaking English or French?

Forum posts such as this one at straightdope.com and this one at axishistory.com allege that high-ranking Nazis spoke English, but are there any audio recordings as proof? I also ask about French, ...
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128 views

Is Benedict XVI the first pope emeritus?

I have read in a newspaper that Benedict XVI is the first pope emeritus. Is he really the first pope in history to resign? Or does the title pope emeritus have more specific meaning than just a "pope ...
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231 views

What is the most noteworthy defection of a member of the Nazi party to the Allies during WWII?

During WWII, before it became clear the Nazis were going to lose, is there any especially noteworthy examples of a member or members of the Nazi party defecting to the Allies? I'm aware noteworthy is ...
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6answers
1k views

When and why did single deity religions become more popular than multi deity religions? [closed]

In the world at the moment, the most popular religions seem to mostly be religions that worship only one "God", such as Christianity and Islam. However, in the past there were many religions that ...
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141 views

Are any civil wars — other than the American Civil War — commonly reenacted?

...and if not, what is it that makes people comfortable reenacting the American Civil War? It would seem grotesque to reenact the Rwandan Civil War or Yugoslavian Civil War, for example. In ...
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When and what was the maximum extent of Nationalist China?

The Republic of China (1912–49) claimed a large area of land, the most notable difference compared to present-day China being the inclusion of Mongolia. However, it's my understanding that at no point ...

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