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Is there a word for an idea similar to negative evidence?

My question will best be summed up by this phenomena. A few thousand years ago, all Jews believed that the tablets containing the ten commandments were square, there was no debate regarding its ...
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Did General George Washington actually do this?

During the American Revolution a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier. Their leader was shouting instructions, but made no attempt to help them. ...
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From what part(s) of Germany were the majority of Texas immigrants in the mid-19th century?

A large number of the immigrants into Texas in the middle of the 19th century were from what is today Germany. However, the people were "German" more by language than nationality; the German ...
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Confusion about the oldest humans outside Africa and the human migration

To my knowledge, people started migrating outside Africa around 80,000 years ago and have reached various parts of the globe at different times. Fine. But then I see, here and there, things that ...
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During What Periods Of Time Throughout History Were Fuller Women Considered More Attractive? [on hold]

Although society determines that skinny women are considered to be attractive now, things haven't always been that way. In China during the Tang Dynasty for example “fuller” women with well rounded ...
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how could japan recover very fast their economy eventhough the two bombs were dropped? [on hold]

I tried to search for this question alot but I didn"t find anything so I said to ask my question here maybe someone knows how to answer it!!
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Did people use to marry much younger during the last millennium?

I've frequently heard it stated that "people used to marry at much younger ages" historically. Recently, these kinds of statements have tended to show up in sociological discussions about young ...
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What were the conditions of joining or leaving the Holy Roman Empire?

Seeing as several countries in Europe are regularly rethinking whether to join or leave the European Union, I wonder how did countries join or leave the Holy Roman Empire, which was also more like a ...
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Why weren't North American Indians enslaved?

When White men came to mainland North America, there were an indigenous population already here. I will refer to that population as North American Indians. Africans were brought to the Americas ...
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Why did family size decrease when health care improved? [on hold]

According to Wikipedia: Family Size, average family size decreases with health care improvements. I assume because the point of having a large family in previous centuries, was so, by the law of ...
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What region(s) of the country supported President Madison's reelection during the War of 1812? [on hold]

A) West and South for religious and social reasons B) West and South because he was for the war C) Northeast because he was against the war D) Northeast for economic reasons
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What changes happened in law enforcement and criminal trials during the Nazi era in Germany?

How, if at all, did the Nazis change the approach taken to everyday crime in the time they were in power? I'm referring to 'normal' crime. I'm not talking about the many crimes that the Nazis ...
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Why did wheat become the dominant food culture? [on hold]

Growing wheat, rice and other cereals is very labor-intensive. Wheat has very small edible mass compared to the other tissues. Wheat is very weather-dependent. Why were other cultures not used ...
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When did husbands & wives start sharing bedrooms?

In a lot of period movies the husband & wife are shown to be retiring to different bedrooms at night. e.g. most movies about 1800's Britain or even pre WW-II. Or even War & Peace or Pride ...
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Info about frigates crossing the Atlantic in 1650.

I'm writing a book and need help with trading frigates crossing the Atlantic in 1650 to the West Indies and American colonies. How many men would be on a ship and were there stairs or ladders leading ...
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The region of Viceroy Toledo's Reductions (Reducciones)?

I'm trying to find the geographic boundaries for the native resettlement implemented by Toledo, Viceroy of Peru, as a part of his Toledo reforms. I believe this resettlement is distinct from the ...
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Which was the earliest book of names for naming babies?

Nowadays one finds books and online websites that help you to name babies. What are the earliest instances of these? I would assume that these would be in Europe, China or the Middle East, but if ...
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When Indonesia was named so and why? [on hold]

Where the country's name come from and when the country got this name, "Indonesia"? Was in given in 20th century?
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How did Helen Keller learn to distinguishing between colors? [on hold]

As we all know Helen Keller was deaf and blind. How did she manage to recognize colors? her teacher may have thought 'Black' color in her blindness but what about other colors?
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Do I look my ethnicity? [on hold]

77% black 20% white 2% native American 1% Asian https://flic.kr/p/seJpds
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Were crossbows used by the Japanese?

Were crossbows used in any significant way by the Japanese? If so, what period and how were they fielded? I found some very brief references: Jonathan Clements' "A Brief History of the Samurai" ...
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What was housing like in early Medieval Scotland?

I've read detailed social history on Scotland which goes back to about the 16th century, and it would seem like some of the poorest Scots of that era sometimes lived in housing which was as modest as ...
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Was the money requested by the French for the XYZ affair really a bribe?

I know that in history classes, and the American version of the XYZ affair, that before the French would even sit down to the table with the Americans in order to discuss, basically, the piracy ...
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Why weren't Australian Aborigines enslaved?

While there are many articles discussing the Australian Aborigines' de facto legalized slavery, or essentially free labor, the fact seems to be that they were never de jure slaves, as Africans were. ...
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Why Columbus and others searched for India? [closed]

If Saint Thomas reached in India before 72 AD (as he died there in 72AD ) so it was clear the way to reach India why Columbus and other explorers were trying to find it (the way to reach India)?
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Why has racism decreased in America since its beginning? [closed]

By racism, I mean discrimination based on race. Clearly, racism has greatly decreased since America's beginning (e.g. slavery was abolished). However, I haven't found anything that explains why racism ...
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Did the Zapatistas actually kill anyone?

The armed Zapatista movement started in 1994 as an armed revolution and spanned more than 20 years. Disambiguation- this is the 1983/1994 movement, not the 1910 movement. It is surprising to note ...
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What was the official currency used in North Carolina in 1814?

I was surprised to find it stated in the Laws of North Carolina, 1814, Chapter V, Section IX that: a tax to the State of ten pounds shall be paid Does this refer to British pounds? I would have ...
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Why have some territorial annexations been rejected by the international community? [closed]

The annexation of Kuwait by Iraq, the annexation of the Golan Heights by Israel, and the annexation of Crimea by Russia are examples of recent territorial annexations that have been rejected by the ...
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Numerically speaking, how far did Zheng He travel? [closed]

From the document I'm reading: "The barbarian countries which we have visited are Zhancheng [Vietnam], Zhaowa [Java, Indonesia], Sanfoqi [Sumatra, Indonesia], and Xianlo [Siam] crossing straight over ...
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When did John F. Kennedy's adultery become public knowledge? [on hold]

Which reporter and/or news organization was the first to report on his affairs?
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What was Hitler going to do with Conquered Europe? [closed]

In WW II, Hitler conquered a great part of Europe. What was he going to do with it? Did he want to annex France to Germany?!
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How common was smoking in first half of the 20th century?

When watching movies that were made in first half of the 20th century, one can see many people are smoking (cigarettes), but it is not they smoke all time long. I refer to the movies, because they ...
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Help to identify old Firefighter badge

arge metal badge with enamel logo, with five birds on it
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What did Cyrus the great look like?

Some people think that ancient Iranians (unlike Iranians today) were white and had green/blue eyes and blonde hair. I am myself an Iranian and I do not look white; I do not have blue/green eyes and ...
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Lusatia oath from 1422

Citizens of Lusatia are claimed to have been made to take an oath in 1422, starting with the following words Die Ketzer und in dem christlichen Glauben irresame Leute zu tilgen und zu verderben ...
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Was the Night of the Long Knives principally a means to obtain loyalty of the German military leadership?

Two History professors in my school say that Hitler had to execute the leaders of the SA principally because the generals of the German army asked him to do it: The generals were Teutonic nobility; ...
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How close to the “free zone” did slaves get (excluding escapees and those with owner permission to go there (i.e. temporarily, just passing through))? [closed]

A slave must've lived in sight of the "free zone" (evidence: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2013/09/04/abraham_lincoln_the_president_used_this_map_to_see_where_slavery_was_strongest.html the ...
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Why did Mozi's philosophy die out in China?

Today in my Social Studies class we learned about Mozi by reading the material he wrote in translation. According to my teacher, despite enormous initial influence Mohism, the philosophy developed by ...
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What relationships are there between “Communism,” “nationalism,” and “imperialism”? [closed]

what are the major highlights? how are they correlated? I know that imperialism can lead to empires but nationalism does not. Also nationalism is basically loyalty to a nation, and imperialism is the ...
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What changed Japanese attitude to POWs in inter-war period?

I have read this excellent answer in which @Semaphore provides sources confirming that German defenders of Tsingtao were treated very well during World War I, which even lead to some tradition in ...
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Why did The Crown give assent to Apartheid legislation during the 1950s?

Why did The Crown give assent to Apartheid legislation during the 1950s? For example, the Reservation of Separate Amenities Act, Act No 49 of 1953 was assented to by the crown. The relevant law in ...
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What was the main role of alcoholic drinks in ancient to medieval times? [closed]

I assume that alcoholic drinks served two main purposes in centuries gone by: To purify water for consumption Drunkenness I'm not clear on number one being the case, and if it is I'm not sure ...
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Did a Japanese medieval castle withstand US battleship fire during the Pacific War?

I have overheard the story from an US soldier that during the Pacific War the Japanese mounted a defense in an old medieval castle. The Americans asked for support from a battleship. The battleship ...
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Why were the Germans and Russians so fixated on an unlikely “separate peace” in 1945?

Anyone familiar with the history of WW2 will know that the Germans hoped for and the Russians feared the British and Americans in 1944/45 might make a separate peace with Hitler and even join together ...
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Where was the cultural inheritance of the Greco/Roman world/antiquity preserved?

In school and later in media (this is northern Europe) I was/am always told that it was the arabs/muslim world that preserved the science, technology, literature, art, culture etc from the Greek and ...
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How to collate the available contemporary press coverage of the 1936 US olympic hockey team?

This question is essentially asking how to go about searching as many mid-1930s newspapers and magazines as is feasible. I don't even know where to begin. Some major papers that are still in business ...
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Were boycotts, divestment, and sanctions effective against apartheid?

In the 1980s there was a movement to use boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) to apply pressure on the apartheid regime in South Africa. These efforts included sports boycotts, refusal of some ...
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How do we know that prostitutes were very common/popular in Corinth around Jesus' time?

I just started reading 1 Corinthians today, and one of the footnotes in my Bible (NLT, Life Application Study Bible) has this: ...there were more than a dozen pagan temples employing at least a ...
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What were the major strategies/ideas Britain exerted against Indian Independence movement?

The first flames of freedom were lighted in the 1857 revolt in India. After that in 1900s, the movements became stronger and spread over the country. There was diverse political, economic, military, ...

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