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How much did J. Robert Oppenheimer get paid while overseeing the Manhattan Project?

I am curious to determine how much J. Robert Oppenheimer got paid in today's dollars when he was the head of Los Alamos National Laboratory? Do we have any HR or accounting documents of the Los Alamos ...
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What were the rights and freedoms of Amir Temur's empire citizens?

Amir Temur, aka Tamerlane, was a strong personality that managed to build an empire between 1365 and 1405. The trade flourished in many cities along with science. Institutes: political and military ...
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Is there a WW2 European bomb damage atlas?

For London there is a comprehensive and accessible (and readily available) atlas of damage done during the Second World War by German aerial bombing. Are there similar atlases available for Europe, ...
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What turns a man into a tyrant? [closed]

First of all, I must apologize for my bad English as it is not my first language. So first, a bit of background. I'm doing a project on J. Stalin, A. Hitler, P. Pot and M. Zedong and why did these ...
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Why did Mao use political mobilization to prevent inefficiency and slack? [closed]

China just followed the Soviet Union model and inevitably encountered the same problems that socialist countries all suffered in the 1950s and 1960s. That is the lack of incentives of people and the ...
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Were there problems that could not be solved by giving freedom to people? [closed]

The author of "21 Lessons for the 21st Century", Yuval Noah Harari, suggests in first pages of the book that the key to solve problems made by liberalism is to give freedom to people. This ...
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Historically, why were only men conscripted for military service? [closed]

On the Wikipedia page on Conscription and Sexism, it says: Historically, only men have been subjected to military drafts, and currently only three countries conscript women and men on the same formal ...
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How many airplanes in WW2 usually flew in one attack group? [closed]

I wonder what was the usual amount of bombers/fighters in bombing or other missions? I've read that 36 B-17 formations were used, but how many airplanes in total in one attack were used during WW2? ...
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Did Soviet people know Stalin's birth name?

We all know now that Stalin's real name was Jughashvili (Ioseb Besarionis dzе Jughashvili). Lenin was actually Ulyanov, Trotsky was Lev Davidovich Bronstein, Kamenev was Leo Rosenfeld, etc. Searching ...
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Can you help identify this European military uniform and medals?

My husband and I moved into a house that was built in 1900 in Wisconsin. We found some old pictures down in the basement, and I'm curious if I can figure out who the couple is? I thought I could ...
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Why does the Edwardian era imply king Edward VII? [closed]

Victorian era is easy, because there were one and only Queen Victoria. But out of eight kings named Edward, why the short reign of Edward VII gave simple name of the era?
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Why did Churchill become the PM of Britain during WWII instead of Lord Halifax?

It looks as though both Churchill and Lord Halifax were considered for the top job in 1940, but Halifax turned it down and Churchill took it. History is not my area of specialization, so I cannot dig ...
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How did birth rate, death rate and population growth rates in 2020 differ from the previous years? [closed]

Last year, coronavirus became the leading cause of death in the USA and in many European countries above 0.2% of the total population succumbed to covid. I suppose very little brain-drain or ...
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What ancient sources discuss the importance of the Sacred fire of Vesta and why it needed to stay alight?

Dionysius of Halicarnassus in Roman Antiquites touches on, in brief, that the entiguishing of the flame was an omen for the destruction of the city. There are many indications, it seems, when a ...
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How many soldiers were present in DC for past presidents' inaugurations?

Recently it has been in the news that Biden's inauguration could feature more than 2,500, more than 5,000, more than 10,000, 20,000, 25,000, or even 30,000 national guardsmen in DC. It's hard to ...
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Did Lenin approve of Mussolini’s march on Rome?

Did Vladimir Lenin send Mussolini a congratulatory telegram when Mussolini successfully marched on Rome in 1922?
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Was combat beneath the pikes a common type of fight in XVII century?

As far as one can see, warfare is always defined by the leading army that at some point dominated a region. For instance in Europe in the XVII century one of the most famous and effective "army&...
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Did Russian government employ state-sponsored assassins under Russian Empire?

Did Russian government employ state-sponsored assassins under Russian Empire during 1800-1917? I know, killings of many figures disliked by the Tsar were arranged in the forms of staged duels, but ...
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What was the West African culture like? [closed]

What their culture is like everything I would need to know.e.g.food, dance,music, festivals etc.
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How many British and British affiliated Indians lost their lives in the Indian freedom struggle?

There is a lot of material on how many Indians lost their lives, killed or missing in the British colonial era. But how many people affiliated to the East India Company and later, the British Empire ...
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What does this image symbolize or mean and who is in the image?

Aztec painting shown below sent to me by a friend trying to figure out who it is in the image, as well as what the image itself represents or symbolizes and the meaning behind it all as well as the ...
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Is there any example of a monarch being presumed dead but returning after the heir ascended to the throne?

Has there ever been a monarch is incorrectly believed to be dead—perhaps disappeared for many months, incorrectly thought to have fallen in battle, etc—and after some waiting the heir ascends to the ...
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Were there ever any plebiscite or referendum under the Whites during the Russian civil war, particularly, under Kolchak? [closed]

I mean does the song Plebiscites, plebiscites, candidates are sodomites invent anything, or it is pure satire on modern times?
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Are there any mixed Norse / Greek populations? [closed]

Are there any groups in the world which trace their origins to mixed Norse (Scandinavian) & Greek origin? Two possibilities I can think of are the the Varangians who visited and traded with Greeks ...
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Is there a parallel between the stories of the kings Unas and Gilgamesh? [closed]

Due to the fact that I cannot post more than 8 links, I will post part of the relevant article titled “Unas – Gilgamesh parallels” in 7 images and then I will provide the link to the article in a pdf ...
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How would future historians treat Wikipedia as a source? [closed]

If the entirety of Wikipedia were saved on a hard-drive. Assuming it can be read and understood, what are the benefits and issues future archaeologists and historians would have with it?
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What was the route for ships from England to South Africa in 1840?

I am writing a piece that requires me to understand the route that ships would have taken from Liverpool to Cape Town in the 1840s. What I have not been able to ascertain is whether the ships would ...
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Does anyone know what day(s) the Dacian calendar year started on? [closed]

The Dacian calendar is supposedly one of the most accurate calendars of ancient times. I've found generalities about the overall composition of the calendar, like it has three seasons, instead of 4. ...
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What was the persecuted group that was formally banned from leaving France?

I remember reading a long time ago about a marginalized group on the southern coast of France who was persecuted by the French government. This group for quite understandable reasons wanted to leave ...
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Were beaches red with lobsters upon arrival of Columbus?

I remember reading somewhere that upon arrival in Hispaniola, Columbus found beaches that were so plentiful with lobsters that they appeared red. It is possible I read this in a book by Bill Bryson, ...
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Did Victorian parents raise their children “sexless” to prolong innocence?

I was reading the (albeit not very historical) Chatelaine article "Can You Actually Raise A Baby Free From Gender?" and came across the statement: The notion that a boy should have short ...
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When were age ratings first thought of?

The Hays Code was a censorship code in the United States which was eventualy replaced by actual age ratings. The code was not an age rating system, basically, all films had to be basically no more ...
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How to track down a Spanish/Latin American soldier that fought in wars internationally (18th/19th century)?

The details are scant, but I hope it's enough to get the community interested and a clear answer emerge (there can't be that many people who fit the bill?). I read a long time ago about a famous ...
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Where is the location of this large stump and monument (lighthouse?) background?

On back of photo "Yellow fir 12 ft. dia. monument in background." The photo is from a collection of logging photos from Washington State and British Columbia.
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Did Lincoln ever publicly blame James Buchanan?

Background Several modern presidents have publicly blamed their predecessor for at least one issue that occurred during their presidency: Trump, Obama, and Reagan are some examples. I am unsure of how ...
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Is it reasonable to claim that peaceful transfers of power began, globally, in the United States? [closed]

One of my children's history textbooks claimed that Adams' peaceful concession to Jefferson following the US election in 1800 was the first peaceful transfer of power between rival executives in ...
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Is there art or written evidence of crescent shaped arrows being used for bird-hunting in Medieval Europe?

I have heard it said that crescent arrows were used for hunting birds in medieval Europe. I could not find any art or literary evidence for it, though. The art I found for bird hunting generally ...
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When else has an incumbent president alleged election fraud by a challenger?

I know this is a hot issue these days, but I am trying to keep my question factual here. When fraud is alleged in an election, I am usually familiar with one of two cases: One or more challengers ...
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Why did Laurent-Désiré Kabila start the Second Congo War? [closed]

During the Second Congo War, numerous Rwandan sources report that Laurent-Désiré Kabila commenced the Second Congo War. In contrast, other sources and Human rights activists stated Rwanda and Uganda ...
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How did Hitler's personal security work?

Considering recent events and, more generally, how top politicians move about in tank like cars and with a considerable amount of body guards it is quite surprising to see all those black-and-white ...
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Why were Norwegian crews flying for Bomber Command paid more than other RAF crews?

In his book Bomber Command, Max Hastings mentions offhandedly that All the Norwegians were immensely rich by RAF standards because they received flying pay of eight shillings per hour operational in ...
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Why were the Scandinavians not as expansive as other Europeans in global colonization?

By expansive, I mean in terms of land area. On the Wikipedia pages of Norway's, Sweden's, and Denmark's colonies, it shows they had very few parcels of land around the globe, compared to the colonies ...
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Where did all the old discussions on Google Groups actually come from?

I have been sifting through old messages on the rec.games.chess archives part of Google Groups in particular, and I wondered where all of these messages from the '80s and '90s came from. To be ...
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Would Stalin have dropped the nuclear bomb on Germany in 1945, if he had it then? [closed]

In an interview on RT Putin said, "I really doubt that Stalin, in the Spring of 1945, if he had a nuclear bomb, I doubt that he would have dropped it on Germany. In 1941 or 1942, when it was a ...
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What prevented Southern Rhodesia from acquiring Dominion status?

Southern Rhodesia established responsible government in 1923. The next step, in general, was for a colony to be granted Dominion status (e.g., Newfoundland). What prevented Southern Rhodesia from ...
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What is going on in this depiction of a mosque scene?

This is a painting of mostly bearded men in a mosque. (Source: https://www.amazon.fr/Gulistan-Contes-persans-Reza-Dalvand/dp/2352901766) If the shape of their mouths is to be relied on, they appear to ...
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What is the background of writing the c in McLastname with the small c on the top of the line with a line under it?

In a recent conversation with my mom she mentioned how as a child she would write her last name with the small c parallel to the top of the big M and a hyphen under it. (See example below, not real ...
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Did the Sturmabteilung uniform look ridiculous in terms of German fashion in the 1920s?

Ridicule is a common method of social dismissal. The Sturmabteilung (SA) were a German fascist militia in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Their most basic uniform was described as a yellow brown ...
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Did Hitler display gratitude towards Hugo Gutmann?

It is well-known that many high-ranking Nazis tried to protect some Jews. The idea was that, yes, generally speaking, the Jews were a menace to Germany, but there was this individual jew who was quite ...
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What is the history of the tradition of the out-going president attending the inauguration of his successor?

I understand that for a long time it has been customary that when a president of the United States is succeeded, he sits near the president-elect at the inauguration before the president-elect is ...

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