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From 1200 B.C. until 100 A.D. did people in the Middle East sit on mats or mainly on chairs?

Did people sit on mats in the Middle East from 1200 B.C. until 100 A.D. (like some Arabic cultures nowadays) or did they sit mainly on chairs? But maybe the term 'Middle East' is too broad and can ...
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How were Japanese elite divisions defeated? [closed]

During the early months of the involvement of Japan in World War 2, Japanese land armies performed well against British, American and other Allied (Filippinese, Hollandese) troops. From my research, ...
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What was the involvement of the upper social classes of Russia in Kizhi?

Kizhi Pogost, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built in the 17th - early 18th century in Karelia (north-west Russia). Its architecture is remarkable, and it's quite big. The only personality ...
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What were the ancient Egyptian terms for the sports of wrestling and boxing?

Wrestling has had a long history, with images depicted of it going back at least 7000 years Wikipedia, and in Egypt at least from 2400 BCE it was depicted on tomb walls. I have been unable to find an ...
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What percentage of the population was in the clergy (chastity vows) in Europe *at its peak* between 500-1500)?

According to this Wiki.fr page, 90% of the population was a peasant. In the 10%remaining what is the percentage of clergy people? And does it apply during peak time? And when was this peak time? In ...
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What was the pound (unit of weight) initially equal to?

Studying history, you can often come across the old non-metric units of measurement. And while usually by a name of a unit one can understand what was taken as its basis, in the case of the pound, ...
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What are the 'mushroom trusts' referenced in Churchill's “Second World War”?

It is in a section where he is referring to the collapse of the German economy during and after hyperinflation… p.10 The Gathering Storm – The Follies of the Victors 1919–1929 Here is the passage that ...
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Are there historical examples of non-Christian martyrs who were persecuted and killed because they claimed to be firsthand eyewitnesses of a miracle?

In the context of Christianity, the obvious examples are the apostles, who claimed to have been firsthand eyewitnesses of the resurrection of Jesus (with the exception of the apostle Paul, who didn't ...
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Where did Asian Americans go to school during the 'separate but equal' era?

I know that Brown vs. Board of Ed. desegregated schools. Reading Through History has a great video that clearly summarizes what this landmark case was about. However, everything I've heard about Brown ...
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Are states affected by federal law before admission to the union?

I was curious whether a territory would be affected by federal law before it was ratified as statehood. For example, if a federal law passed in 1934, would it impact Hawaii which was admitted on ...
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Did the Germans fuel the general's purge?

In the book A Man Called Intrepid the author claims that the Germans contributed greatly to Stalin's purge of the generals. I know this is a poor source yet I have found nothing to confirm nor deny. I'...
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Question about pilgrims [closed]

I wanted to ask a pretty silly question about the English colonization of America. This book that I read said that the puritans were immigrating away from England to America for religious reasons, ...
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Was Zhivkov under house arrest partly for inciting racial hatred?

So I was randomly reading about Tohor Zhivkov. The Guardian states: Zhivkov, who has since died, was tried and sentenced to house imprisonment, partly for inciting racial hatred in a 1980s campaign ...
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Would a house built in 1745 have a water tank in the attic? (up to 1847)

Was looking at the floorplans on this page (picture 43), was wondering if buildings from 1745-1847 were likely to have water tanks in the attic? Would this have been added during a relatively modern (...
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What does this acronym and the symbol in the middle represent?

One of my Polish friends just bought a ruined old brick house in a village in Poland, which was supposedly reigned by Germany during the second world war (I didn't ask the name nor the location of the ...
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What historic documents do we have supporting women wearing veils as historically continuous since Assyrian law?

The documentation of Assyrian law is given in the answer to this question. What is the earliest history of Middle Eastern women wearing veils for modesty while in public? What historic documents do we ...
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Why was the CIA so focused in trying to assassinate Fidel Castro?

I mean, it's no wonder that it bugged them, but honestly if the amount of 638 assesination schemes or actual attempts is real as shown here: Assassination attempts on Fidel Castro, it's an extreme ...
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When (if ever) did Jefferson Davis recognize he was or concede he wasn't the president of the Confederacy? [closed]

Pope Pius IX was the only foreign leader to recognize Jefferson Davis as the president of the Confederacy, addressing him as "Illustrious and Honorable President" in his 3 December 1863 ...
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What was the timetable for the arrival of the 100,000 man Japanese garrison at Rabaul?

Early in 1942, the Japanese seized the natural port of Rabaul on New Britain Island. This was to protect its existing base at Truk, in the Carolines, and also to provide a forward base for operations ...
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Was Toghon-Temur a descedant of Chingiskhan? [closed]

I know that Khubilai was Chingiskhan's grandson, but was Toghon-Temur his great-grandson? Thanks in advance! Sorry for mistakes, I just study English.
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Did the Romans believe men have a '7 year life cycle' of death and recovery? [closed]

Somewhere I have read that the Romans believed in the idea of it taking 7 years for a person to recover after a 'spiritual death' in their lives. The context was, for example, in the case of a person ...
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What is the historical explanation behind the name of the French village Ramatuelle?

A village in France is called Ramatuelle. Is that true that the name of the town comes from the Arabic word Rahmatu-Allah رحمة الله which means "the Mercy of God"? How does a village in ...
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At their respective peaks, did the United States or the British Empire have more global power and influence?

These two superpowers had influence over significant portions of the world (more directly in the case of the British Empire than in the United States), but with over a century between their peaks, ...
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Where were there fractal structures in ancient Rome?

I am looking for some examples of fractal or fractal-like structures and patterns in ancient Rome. I did some research but did not find much. On this topic I only found this article Scipedia.com where ...
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Were political parties in the U.S during 1918 as polarized generally as they are now? [closed]

There was a pandemic in 1918, and there is one now as well, but were political parties back then as polarized generally as they are now in the United States.
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Is there evidence that the culture of graffiti and tags and their motifs is not accepted in some ancient culture?

I have found some cases in google but I am interested in knowing what was the intention of it in the past times, since there were no mass media or materials to represent these expressions, currently ...
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How could West Berlin had access West Germany/world while the wall was up? [closed]

According to this article, West Berlin could still access West Germany/World while the wall was up: ...he (JFK) was relieved that the East Germans and the Soviets had only divided Berlin without ...
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How many of the Frenchmen who volunteered for service in the Wehrmacht were former POWs?

During World War II, a number of Frenchmen volunteered for service in the Wehrmacht. For the purposes of this question, these men came from two sources: 1) genuine volunteers (freiwillige or "...
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Why wasn't Persepolis on Darius' royal road?

I am curious about the routing of the Royal Road. It bypasses Ecbatana by some distance, which seems odd, and ends in Susa, even odder. It would seem that at least some of the empire's business was ...
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Who said “If I want the opinion of the middle classes, I'll ask Her Majesty”?

The notion that the British royal family are not necessarily at the apex of British society in terms of good breeding, sophistication or taste, is an old one. I'm sure that I once read a piece that ...
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Which general rebuked the King of England over logistics?

I have a bit of a hunt for anyone with a fair bit of trivia knowledge about letters. Back in a business class during my undergraduate studies, a professor shared a letter from a general to the King in ...
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Was the financial crash of 2008 caused by top graduates of the American Ivy Leagues working at wall street banks?

From this article by Lisandro 'Leloy' Claudio, a Philippine/a Filipino professor of history, politics, South & Southeast Asian Studies (and not necessarily of finance, economics, mathematics or ...
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Why do Qing Dynasty coins frequently have cinnabar rubbed into them?

I collect Chinese coins. I would really like to know, why do Qing Dynasty coins frequently have cinnabar rubbed into them? I know the mystical properties of cinnabar or “dragon blood”, but if it was ...
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How common was cannibalism in Christian Europe until the 17th century?

When hearing about cannibalism, a Robinson-Crusoean narrative usually comes to my mind, where primitive tribes would engage in limited warfare and probably ritualistically consume their prisoners. ...
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American History [closed]

Historians never like to say any event is “inevitable,” but what moment in the early development of the Cold War (1945-1950) was the “point of no return”? Be sure your answer fully justifies your ...
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Why did Nazis flee to South America?

The wikipedia article on Josef Mengele states: After the war, Mengele fled to South America. He sailed to Argentina in July 1949, assisted by a network of former SS members. He initially lived in and ...
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What cars were used with the Crocodile Class Ce 6/8 locomotive during its active years, especially at the beginning?

The Crocodile Class Ce 6/8 locomotive was manufactured around a century ago, between 1919 and 1927. It was used by Swiss Federal Railways. Wikipedia claims that These locomotives were developed for ...
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Do we know why the Scythians and Sarmatians were overpowered by the Goths, Huns, and Slavs so quickly?

I'm doing a project on the Scythians and Sarmatians and so I've been reading up on ancient wars involving them and I've noticed the following: So, from around 500 BCE to 1 CE the Scytho-Sarmatians ...
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How and why did e.g. Chechnya differ in status from entities like Armenia?

Chechnya, Dagestan, North and South Ossetia, etc. are Russian republics. In this regard, they differ from "Soviet Republics" like Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, etc. (My particular interest ...
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On what basis did Mao denounce Confucianism?

I have had three view points already about the organization named Revolutionary Rebel Liaison Station to Annihilate the Kong Family Business and Establish the Absolute Authority of Mao Zedong Thought ...
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Is the former adviser to the prime minister Dominic Cummings related by marriage to Andrew Wakefield? [closed]

Is Dominic Cummings, the British prime minister's former chief adviser, related by marriage to Andrew Wakefield, director of the 2016 film "Vaxxed"? Dominic Cummings, the former adviser to ...
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What is the corruption that John Winthrop mentions in “Reasons for the Plantation in New England” (1628)

In John Winthrop's "Reasons for the Plantation in New England", we read: The fountains of learning and religion are so corrupted that most children (besides the unsupportable charge of ...
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When did countries first allow travellers to import duty free alcohol and tobacco

When did duty-free allowances start? In which country and why? I am specifically asking about travellers being able to bring in alcohol and tobacco without paying duty or tax. To be clear, I am ...
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How did they measure speed in the 19th century so they could issue the first speeding ticket?

The first speeding ticket was issued in UK. In 1896 a person was caught driving 13 kilometers per hour in a zone where the maximum limit was 3km/h. Without a portable radar speed gun (also radar gun ...
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Did the Vandal King Genseric obtain the 2nd Temple Menorah from Vatican in the 455 CE sack of Rome?

Regarding Jerusalem’s 2nd Temple Menorah (depicted in the Arch of Titus), The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem published the following article in the summer of 2017: “The seven-...
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Where does this quote come from?

Emperor Menelik II's wikipedia page quotes him as saying "There was never a time when united that the Ethiopians lost to an enemy in history". I am unable to find anywhere on the internet ...
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Based on the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, Did Assyrians of 825 (or) 840 BCE associate the מָגֵן דָּוִד Magen David as a symbol of Yisrael?

The Assyrian Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III (in the British Museum) could have associated the nation of Yisrael with a Menorah, but chose to distinguish Yehudim with an encircled star similar to the ...
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Did Japanese war ideology include elements of overt racism and the praise of war for the sake of war?

The German public ideology during WWII officially praised racial inequality to the extent of calling other peoples "subhuman", enslavement, forced euthanasia, conquest of the land. Italian &...
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After World War II, what happened to the Soviet industrial facilities that had been evacuated?

In late 1941, some 1500 Soviet factories were relocated to the Urals, or other areas east of European Russia to keep them safe from German bombing, or worse, occupation. (My understanding is that ...
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How did Eratosthenes know the difference between two cities? [migrated]

First, be familiar with how Eratosthenes first got an estimation of the earth's circumference. My questions is fairly simple: how did they know the distance between two cities back in the days? ...

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