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Did Truman threaten a nuclear strike if Soviet Union didn't withdraw from Iran in 1946?

In episode 4 of Oliver Stone's documentary series, Untold History of the United States, Stone claims that then-president Truman issued an ultimatum to Soviet Union: either withdraw from Iran (which ...
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How did Heian Era Japanese Clans work? (esp. Taira vs. Minamoto)

Wikipedia tells me that certain children of emperors were demoted (removed from the royal lineage) and assigned to Taira as well as Minamoto "clans" during the Heian period. How did this work? Was ...
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What was the stand of Yemen in the Soviet-Afghan War of 1979?

Just wanted to know the role of Democratic Yemen in the Soviet-Afghan war...like what did it do? Who were its allies and enemies? Yemen was actually really disturbed by the Yemenite war. The Yemenite ...
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What evidence is there for the severity of Roman scourging before crucifixion?

Something I'm curious about is the severity of scourging ancient Romans inflicted on their victims before crucifixion. Numerous religious/Christian websites suggest that it was quite severe, and ...
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42 views

How did an honor society get named as if it were a Chinese gang?

Honor societies and fraternities are a fixture in U.S. colleges. Most often they use Greek letters for their names, and some have names in English. However, the men's honor society of Santa Cruz High ...
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Djinn and devils/demons question [migrated]

I know that ancient Arabians had a mythology about evil creatures made of dust and fire called djinn, now my question is this: how were they different from Demons and devils?
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Who invented Christmas ornaments?

I know that this particular item is fairly recent in time origin but when would a item like this be originally made?
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Are tech workers in the Siberian city of Tomsk really “descendants of those sent to the gulags”?

I've been listening to the BBC podcast The Hackers of Siberia. The notes on the web page include: Intellectuals banished to an inhospitable land, settled in Siberia and created a pool of talent ...
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Is the term “revisionist historiography” considered pejorative?

I am considering using the term to describe a colleague's research for an introduction at an academic conference. His work focuses mostly on the Cold War, and I think the label is used frequently ...
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Germanic people [on hold]

I’ve been reading that in the past white race was not really about being just white, but actually it had something to do with the roots of that white person. For example Italians or irish people were ...
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Why was Raul Hilberg's thesis on Jewish complicity in victimhood during the holocaust controversial? [on hold]

Raul Hilberg was the author of the magisterial The destruction of the European Jews, an operational and bureaucratic history of German and Jewish implementation of the classification, property ...
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Did German Princes during the Protestant Reformation often live in castles?

I'm writing a short story based on Snow White. My research tells me the story took place during the late 16th century. The timeline of my story coincides with the Protestant Reformation. I am ...
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214 views

Was there a massacre in the Algerian war calculated to provoke French reprisals?

This was something I read in the 70s, about an early Algerian war massacre. This was in a popular, French magazine (I don't remember the name) - think Readers’ Digest and you’re not far off. Now, ...
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104 views

Was California named after a Moorish ruler called Queen Calafia?

I found this excerpt from an article on an Afrocentric website. The claims seem laughable to say the least. But I want the to find out what serious scholarship say on this issue. The article is below. ...
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What is the historical significance of the Tryzub to Ukrainian diaspora?

The Tryzub appears on the coat of arms of Ukraine. What is its historic significance to the diaspora? I am aware this is the symbol of the sea god Poseidon of Greek mythology, for this reason I ...
5
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51 views

Do we have a notion of how common private bathing facilities were, in Rome at late Republican times?

For example, there are small private bathtubs in Pompeii, but this is about 150 years later and in a period that practices were changing, as more people became wealthy enough to have such things. My ...
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Who was the first female ruler to be given the suffix, “the great”?

Down through the ages exceptional elite leaders have been referred to with the suffix, the great. Cyrus the Great of Persia, Alexander the Great of Macedonia, and perhaps Alaric the Great of the ...
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How well were the African soldiers equipped in the civil war?

I know that Africans ( former slaves) were used on both sides during the civil war (later in the north than in the south I think) now my question is this: how were the African soldiers equipped during ...
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Which are the four sacred mountains in Machu Picchu?

Our tour guide in Machu Picchu explained that the four mountains (in the four compass directions) standing guard around the ruins were sacred protectors for the Incans. They are Putucusi, Huayna ...
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125 views

Why didn't the Hungarians help the battle of Kosovo?

I am curious why the Hungarians, as the first neighbor of then Serbia and Bosnia, who sent troops to confront the invasion of the Ottomans, didn't also participate given that it was obvious that the ...
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115 views

Role of Egypt in Soviet-Afghan war

Just wanted to know the role of Egypt in the Soviet-Afghan war..like what did it do,who were it’s allies and enemies...I have researched on Wikipedia but didn’t find anything useful except that it had ...
4
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1answer
103 views

Where can I find a world map from the Victorian period?

I'm looking for a (preferably open-source) decently quality political map of the world from around 1890 (1885-1900 would be usable for what I want). I don't have a lot of experience looking for maps ...
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350 views

How do we know that prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies were egalitarian?

In the Wikipedia article on Patriarchy it says: Anthropological, archaeological, and evolutionary psychological evidence suggests that most prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies were relatively ...
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1answer
396 views

What was the role of Nigeria in Soviet invasion of Afghanistan [on hold]

I'm required to present a report on the role and position of Nigeria on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. But as far as I know , Nigeria had a civil war raging inside the country. I've scanned ...
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338 views

How did Islam spread before the invention of the printing press?

Before the invention of the printing press the Koran must have been quite rare and not a lot of people must have read it. If so, how did Islam spread so wide. Today most Muslims would, presumably, ...
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What were sandbags used for in medieval duels?

I was hesitant whether to ask this question in history or Shakespeare stack exchange, but I eventually decided it is more of a historical question. In the play "King Henry The Sixth" there is a ...
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126 views

What is this coin?

Looks old can only make out one word (my death ) Other than that no idea.
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151 views

What's the history of the source of the slogan “power to the people”?

I can't find any detailed information on this phrase from a reasonable amount of internet searching. The current version of the wikipedia article about this slogan is light on details and very ...
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Who was the Dominant Power in South America at the beginning and end of the 14th century? [on hold]

In South America, at the beginning of the 1300s, what nation, empire, or other group was the most powerful and influential? By the end of the 1300s, was this same group still the most dominant in ...
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Are Emil Ludwig's “Talks with Mussolini” reliable?

In 1932 Emil Ludwig interviewed over several days Benito Mussolini and then published with Mondadori publishing house the result, as the book Talks with Mussolini. After having approved the draft with ...
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Why did Li Ke murder his Emperors? [on hold]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Xian_of_Jin Li Ji commit libel against the other princes. Because of that, she manages to put her son on the throne. Li ke, however, murdered the emperor, her ...
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1answer
218 views

What really happen to 100k people in Changban? [on hold]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Changban The story is filled with so many things that do not make sense. Liu Bei is on the run from Cao Cao. Somehow, he managed to persuade 100k civilians ...
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I am looking for a database of US aircraft casting numbers

I have found many US aircraft have casting numbers in their aluminum parts, bosses, tools, to identify the specific aicraft. 28 is a PBY, I believe. Is there a book or database on these, and when ...
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Do we have any surviving texts by Romano-Celtic authors?

Do we have any surviving texts or references to texts with Romano-Celtic authors and how common were 'non-Greco-Italian' (I'm not sure of the best term for that) authors? Specifically within the Roman ...
3
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2answers
201 views

Eastern Europe during middle ages, a world view [closed]

I am a Belgian man conversant in Dutch, French, English, German (so English is not my first language), therefore you read many mistakes. My question is this: in our class and country it seems that ...
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2answers
193 views

How did Austrian paramilitary organisations amass weapons during the interwar period?

According to Wikipedia, the Austrian Social Democrats and their allies had over 2,500 rifles, 250 revolvers, 1,500 hand grenades, and 10,000 rounds of ammunition in February 1934. How did they (and ...
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Were myopic slaves more valuable in ancient Greece?

When reading on nearsightedness I came across the following passage: We only have to remember how valuable a myopic slave was in ancient Greece, as a rare person who preserved his ability to read ...
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2answers
354 views

Has the training of Russian troops improved since 1989? [on hold]

Recently, USA has excluded Pakistan from military training list. On the flip side, Pakistan has signed an agreement with Russian Federation for the training of its officers. My personal assessment is, ...
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101 views

What can you tell me about this knife? [closed]

I was given this knife. It has a curvy blade and faces or heads one the wooden handle. What can you tell me about this?
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84 views

What is know about Baal Hammon's Vegetal Crown

What more is known about the Vegetal Crown of the Carthaginian chief god Baal Hammon? I've searched for more information about this particular motif but can't find any. Obviously it can be thought ...
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95 views

Why did British colonial troops fight in WWI?? Where did they fight? [closed]

During ww1 why did the countries that were colonized by Britain help to fight the war? Where did most of the non-British troops fight? Who did they mainly fought against?
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165 views

Whatever happened to Elvis Presley's Federal badge?

Question: Whatever happened to Elvis's Federal badge? Did he ever use it? Did Elvis, probable one of the most recognizable icons of the 50's, 60's and 70's ever use that federal badge and ...
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171 views

What are some cases where a country bought land from another country, other than the United States?

Most of the examples have to do with the United States, like Alaska, the Louisiana Purchase, etc. What are some purchases of land in history that involved other countries?
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Do we know what ancient Roman music sounded like?

I have to admit that I'm a bit of a Simon Scarrow addict, and I admire the books dedication to historical accuracy (within the confines of fiction). Something that's mentioned in the books is music. ...
2
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1answer
217 views

How did the Filipinos lose the Philippine-American War? [closed]

The Americans were fighting a war thousands of miles away from their country, against the Filipinos who just won a war of independence against Spain. Change the Filipinos to Vietnamese and Spain to ...
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Did emperor Nero later regret his treatment of early Christians?

Did emperor Nero later, any time before his death, regret anything that he did to the early Christians? Is there any evidence that documents his opinions on his actions?
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141 views

Why are Quebeckers different from Acadians?

These two French-speaking peoples of Canada are quite distinct, both in linguistic as well as historical terms. How did this difference arise? Did they arrive at different times to Canada? Do they ...
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168 views

What did a WW2 fighter cost?

The second world war was among other things a war in resources and economy. So it got me wondering, what were the prices for fighter planes used? With some searching I count not find a satisfying ...
4
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1answer
183 views

Who had a private jet before Frank Sinatra?

The first jet aircraft flew in 1939. Militaries were the first customers of jets, in the 1940s. The de Havilland Comet, making commercial passenger flights from 1952, was the first jet designed for ...
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Where did this coin come from?

This coin has been in our family for over 70 years. I have seen hundreds of these coins on line but, I have never seen one like this. Do you have any thoughts on where this coin may have come from? ...

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