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How did Renaissance bring about a sense of redemption in the Europeans? [closed]

I was doing an essay on the topic and I had this idea. So we always talk about how the Renaissance brought about the Reformation. But never how, in the countries, the people redeemed themselves after ...
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How often would Europeans exploring Africa in the mid-19th century meet people? [closed]

A group of Europeans are exploring Africa, somewhere south of the Sahara, in the 19th century. Assume that they stay out of swamps, forests/jungles, deserts and mountains. Would they constantly see ...
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Why did slave dealers and buyers in the Antebellum South especially value enslaved persons with "good teeth" and "good front teeth"?

Open Yale Courses: HIST 119: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877. Lecture 3 – A Southern World View: The Old South and Proslavery Ideology says, " Ads in newspapers, like this one in ...
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Why has the shape of the depiction of Sikh Guru's beard changed?

I was looking at the old pictures of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and Guru Teg Bahadur Ji. I found out that something is odd if we compare them with the modern depictions of both Gurus. I looked for other old ...
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Why was Akkadian not translated into other more common languages?

From what I have gathered I believe there are currently no examples of Akkadian literature, written on cuneiform tablets, being translated into other languages onto papyri outside the Mesopotamian ...
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Was there a dry dock available to pirate ships during the golden age of piracy?

Was there a dry dock somewhere on one of the pirate havens during the 17th century, where a pirate-controlled Galleon could go to get extensive repairs done by career carpenters or shipwrights? I have ...
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How did early metalsmiths devise tools?

As I understand it, the refining of ore requires, at at least one point, the direct handling of high-temperature or molten metal. I can see early coppersmiths beating stone hammers on flat rocks, but ...
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A metric unit of "celebrity": what's a very rough estimate for the cumulative amount of time people have thought about the most famous person ever? [closed]

Sorry if this is inappropriate; I couldn't think of a better place to ask. There's been an estimated 100 billion (1e11) people to have ever lived. Let's say the mean lifespan of all those people is 55 ...
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What did World War 1 Veterans think of the outbreak of World War 2? [closed]

Question what where the general opinion from soldiers who fought in World War 1, about the outbreak of World War 2. I have remember reading somewhere that the British soldiers felt quite jaded that ...
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Has there ever been a significant security breach of information from someone with Alzheimer's or dementia divulging classified information?

While watching a documentary of a formerly top secret project that was executed by the US government, I noticed that there were a lot of older gentlemen telling the story. These were the men that ...
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Has capital penalty ever been a municipal-level decision?

I am curious whether municipal-level courts have ever had the authority to impose the death penalty. The sources I have been able to find that deal with the present-day world all discuss it as a ...
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Is Samuel Igra's "Germany's National Vice" reliable in any way?

This book originally published in German in 1945 is the primary source for widely publicized claims in the book The Pink Swastika that Adolf Hitler was a closeted homosexual and had a background in ...
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Who normally paid for soldiers in the Tudor period?

In the early medieval period soldiers were provided by feudal dues, but when did a monarch paying for the soldiers in their army instead become the norm? I have a source about Henry VII demanding ...
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Did the Soviet Union or China participate in the light bulb cartel? If not, in what ways did they differ and how long did their bulbs last?

The Phoebus cartel was a well known scheme to fix the standard lifespan of incandescent lightbulbs that arose at the beginning of the 20th century. See Spectrum.ieee.org. Although not implemented for ...
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Has any corporation ever organised internal market-based competition between its teams? [closed]

I remember reading years ago about a company whose CEO decided that its employees or teams should compete against each other for budget the same way that businesses do in the marketplace for sales. ...
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How tall was the average Italian Roman in the late Republic/early Imperial period? [duplicate]

I've seen word of a study using bodies found from around 500 BC to 500 AD that gave average heights for women about 155 cm and men 165 cm, but this seems to me to be a wide range of time and area. By ...
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How were siege ladders used to attack medieval castle walls?

It's a common trope in both movies and computer games that ladders are used to climb walls when assaulting a castle. But in each case it seems like it would be incredibly easy to defend - it appears ...
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How, just how you can burn down a stone structure? [closed]

I often encounter claims that this or that stone temple or fortress was "burned down" sometime in the past. How this could happen? One example (of many) is the claim that Church of St. Mary ...
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What did MLK, Jr. mean by "Mayor Loeb is in dire need of a doctor"?

In his famous 1968 "I've been to the mountaintop" speech in support of the striking Memphis Sanitation Workers, Martin Luther King, Jr. made a reference to then-mayor Henry Loeb: You know ...
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The situation in nazi Germany of a Jewish male married to an "aryan" female vs Jewish female married to an "aryan" male?

For some reason, most of what I have read deals with Jewish males who were married to "aryan" females. This might be because the other way around, the female would have converted to ...
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Which prominent German nationals defected to Switzerland 1939-1945? [closed]

There are several artists and academics documented as having left Germany for the USA and other countries between 1933-1939, the period before WWII broke out. But what are some examples of Germans who ...
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How many visits did the Mitford sisters or Oswald Mosley make to Nazi Germany?

The youngest Mitford sister, Unity, first met Hitler in Munich 1934, who invites her older sister Diana over to meet him in April 1935. Sometime in 1935 Unity delivers the televised speech at ...
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What language did Gaius Julius Caesar speak with Cleopatra?

What language did Gaius Julius Caesar (GJC) speak with Cleopatra? My thoughts: GJC spoke Latin. Cleopatra spoke many languages, including Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, Egyptian, Greek. Or did they need a ...
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Was Agrippa used as a first name in the Roman republic, similar to Marcus or Gaius? [closed]

I know that the name was used as cognomen in some families, like Caesar, but the video game Total War Rome 2 also uses it as a personal forename for boys from other families. I wondered whether this ...
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What uniform is this man wearing (circa 1940's)?

This is a photograph of my husbands grandfather. He was born in 1920 and in the image he appears to be about 20 ish making the picture 1940 ish. We believe he was born in Poland and later moved to the ...
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Did John F. Kennedy issue "United States Notes" instead of "Federal Reserve Notes"? [closed]

In a recession, the Federal Reserve Board sometimes lowers interest rates in order to put more money in circulation. This increases the amount of money owed to banks, with interest. I have found it ...
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Is this really Moses' Staff? [closed]

I visited the impressive Topkapi Palace in Istanbul and there is one thing that puzzled me. One of the objects on display was the Moses staff. I don't think I misunderstood that, since there were ...
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Why were French maids apparently so common outside France?

Wikipedia article doesn't help at all. It's surprisingly thin and essentially doesn't explain anything. It's only vaguely implied that this was a thing outside of France. Why exactly did so many ...
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What was Bradford Jay Rice's cause of death? [closed]

Bradford Jay Rice was fourteen years old, found washed ashore 31st of March, 1962. Was an autopsy done on Bradford's body, and were there any signs of foul play? His friend's testimony of what ...
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In the Cold War 1956-59 era what cameras were available for quick or covert ops? [closed]

In the Cold War 1956-59 era what cameras were available for quick or covert Ops? for FBI capabilities or law enforcement
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How did Martin Luther King Jr. Day become a day of service?

Martin Luther King day was officially declared a national day of service by the King Holiday and Service Act of 1994. But I have been able to find no discussion on the internet of how the idea ...
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What was South Africa's name before the Invention of Africa? [closed]

What was South Africa's name before Africa was invented? And How did they come up with a name like Africa?
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Can you help identify the insignia and the country of origin of this uniform?

Can you help identify the insignia and the country of origin with this uniform?
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Was Haman (who is mentioned the Book of Esther) a historical person?

according to wikipedia Haman is the main antagonist in the Book of Esther, who according to the Hebrew Bible was a grand vizier in the Persian empire under King Ahasuerus, commonly identified as ...
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Why are there 10 days difference in Hijri and Gregorian calendar?

I came upon this book that has written dates in Hijri and Gregorian calendars side by side. However, when I converted the dates on online converters there was a difference of 10 days. why is that ? in ...
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Why weren’t the Dutch and Belgian borders fortified with wire, trenches, mines, etc., as it became clear Germany would invade during WW2?

Following standard military doctrine, a full mobilization of the opponent nation is the clearest indication of hostile intentions, short of an actual declaration of war. Considering that massive, ...
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How could temporary surrender of self-government help Newfoundland with its debts?

According to Wikipedia, Newfoundland had accumulated a significant amount of debt by building a railway across the island, which was completed in the 1890s, and by raising its own regiment during ...
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Was there a well-known controversy about homosexuality in the U.S. State Department in the late 1960's?

In 1969, a film called Don't Drink the Water was released. It was based on a play by Woody Allen, and Woody remade it in 1994. In the 1969 version, an American family called the Hollanders is touring ...
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Can anyone identify these uniforms (stated to be "Austrian")?

I recently purchased these uniforms, in which I was told that they were "Austro-Hungarian/Austrian." Upon looking further at the lighter-green one, I noticed that it had a trim pattern ...
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How did Medieval European river passenger transport develop?

I read some sources that transport by boat over European rivers developed already in the early medieval period, ie after having developed ships with low draft as well as the invention of a ...
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What uniform is this? May have been Crimea war and from Scotland

May be my Great Great Grandfather Peter or Edward Hepburn. We do not know anything about him. Is it from the Crimea? What rank and/or regiment?
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What did Nathan Forrest do on September 19 1863?

I am currently reading a book on bad military leaders in history, and this one chapter concerns a man named Nathan Forrest. I only have very basic knowledge on the US Civil War, so I have trouble ...
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What did the CIA think about the partition of Pakistan in 1971?

According to the defected KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov, the KGB trained the Awami League and the Mukti Bahini and helped them organize a civil war in 1971 to split Pakistan. He also said that the CIA knew ...
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Was the average citizen of antiquity able to survive in the wild?

During ancient times, particularly in the Greco-Roman world during the first centuries BC, how widespread were survival skills among citizens? For example, did everyone know how to start a fire, did ...
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Why did so large places of vastly different cultures and histories unite as India?

I sometimes don't exactly understand how it happened that in India, so many places with so many different cultures got united under one flag. If you see each state in India has its own languages, ...
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Why did Sweden accept the Jews from Denmark?

Was the primary reason good relations between Denmark and Sweden? As we know, many countries, some of which were quite safe from Germany and did not trade with them, chose not to allow even modest ...
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How was wealth accumulated in higher castes of India?

In this study it is found that upper caste Indians own vast majority of wealth and assets in India though they make up lesser amount of population (refer). Even with all the reservation schemes in ...
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Why are the capitals of central Asian countries right against the borders?

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and (until 1997) Almaty, Kazakhstan are capital cities that are nestled up tight against borders, with ...
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What flag are the men in these photos flying?

The below pictures show US Army troops in 1945, having captured the city of Nuremberg. I was curious about the flags they are waving, though - they don't seem to match up with any of the recorded ...
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Who was the tallest Roman ever found?

Was Maximinus Thrax the tallest Roman known to have ever lived? I am suspecting there might be taller specimens. Or maybe there aren't and he is simply the tallest.

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