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Was Alexander Coffroth for or against Slavery? And in what instances?

I am watching the 2012 film "Lincoln" and there was a character Alexander Coffroth. Doing some research on him, it is quite vague whether or not he supported or didn't support slavery. If he ...
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Post WWII Munich- U.S.occupation

Is there any way to find out which unit of the US army of occupation took control of US HQ in Munich after April 30th, 1945?
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Was there something in Lord Palmerston's career that made him associated with temporary appointments becoming permanent?

While researching the quote "nothing more permanent than something temporary", I stumbled upon this quote from the "Royal United Service Institution Journal" from 1888: I fear ...
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Story of infatuation and lust in history [closed]

Is there any story in history when a person infatuated by the beauty went to the extremes (murder/betrayal/lying) in order to get that person. We can say the love was one-sided and lead to many ...
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Does anyone know the names of schools in 1870/71 London (potentially near Brixton) where wealthy Americans traveling abroad would enroll their sons?

I am looking for schools in the London area operating in the years 1870/71 at a minimum where Americans traveling at length abroad might have placed their teenage sons to further their education. ...
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Do we know if Patton ever said “l'audace l'audace toujours l'audace”?

Do we know if George S. Patton said that even though George C. Scott quoted Frederick the Great in the movie? If Patton did, what does the quote actually mean in the situation? Related question
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Is the rise and dominance of analytic philosophy around the world associated with the dominance of the British empire and the United States? [closed]

Analytic Philosophy largely originated from the Anglo-American tradition of philosophy. It is arguably the dominant type of philosophy practiced today in most major universities, even in non English-...
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Why are baseball pitches that miss the strike zone called “balls”?

Many baseball terms have clear origin stories, such as "strike", which originally meant to actually swing or strike the bat at the ball. (The non-swinging strike didn't come about until ...
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George Washington and the number 23 or 623 [closed]

Is there any basis in historical reality of the association of George Washington to the number 23 (or 623)? I found some items that seem too numerous to be coincidences: There is a 23-cent stamp of ...
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What did Douglas MacArthur mean by “In war, there is no substitute for victory?” [closed]

What does this quote mean? I didn't think it made much sense, since diplomacy exists and no country is unbeatable.
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What is the meaning of George S Patton's quote “Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more?” [closed]

George S Patton said that "Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more." What doe this mean?
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How would the Israelites have girded their loins?

I stumbled upon the Art of Manliness guide to girding their loins earlier. However, their source is a Historyzine article which doesn't have any references. Also, on Youtube, you can also find an ...
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How long did it take to make a woolen sweater?

In premodern times, in temperate or colder climates, clothing was orders of magnitude more expensive than today and textile production made up a large percentage of total economic activity. I'm ...
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What was the “Favorable result” that the German admiralty was expecting from the naval attack on the Royal Navy in 1918?

The infamous order from 24th October 1918 was planning to slam the German High Seas Fleet against the British Royal Navy. If I recall correctly, this was the second time Germany tried to even the odds ...
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How can I find what type of locomotive had a specific manufacturer's plate on it?

My dad has an American Locomotive Company manufacturer's plate belt buckle How can I track-down what type of engine it was mounted to, and, ideally, also what railroad(s) operated that equipment?
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What happened to the Parthians?

I've always been very much interested in the origin of these people and the way they served Iran. However, the origin and fate of these people has always been a mystery for me and despite reading ...
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How different schools of historiography characterise a colony?

The title pretty much resembles the question - I'd like to compare what criteria different schools of historiography (including national and historical) use to determine whether a country/territory is ...
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What became of the Richard III infidelity surprise?

Back when Richard III of England's grave was discovered, a paper published in Nature Communications reported that while his identity was confirmed through a direct-female descendent of his sister, Y-...
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What is a term for cultural and social influences left by colonial power that has a long-lasting, negative influence? [closed]

I'm currently doing research on colonial effects on North African countries, and one aspect I want to comment on are both the positive and negative effects of the previous colonial power. Some of ...
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How many deaths resulted from the Wars of the Diadochi? [closed]

Alexander the Great invaded the Achaemenid Empire in 334 BC, successfully conquering it and dying in 323 BC. After his death, his Empire fell apart starting a series of wars called the Wars of the ...
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Which 1848 German revolutionaries became key players in the US Republican party?

Gillian Brockell wrote in an article at the WP: In 1860, two major factors helped to propel Lincoln — a one-term congressman and country lawyer most known for losing a Senate campaign — to the ...
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How did the Romans handle “fatbergs” in their sewage system?

In Britain, another "fatberg" has caused trouble in the sewage system, this time in Birmingham. If this happens when we have modern technology and tools, and is pretty complicated to get rid ...
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Early use of unit tokens on military situation maps

I've seen many TV documentaries on historical conflicts where actors representing the leaders would gravely look at a map with tokens for military units, reminiscent of WWII air defense situation ...
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Was there and if so what was a northern silk road route from Khazaria to China?

From the reading I had done in various sources through the years, I understood that possible silk road routes from Khazaria to China were: Northern: Atil - Tashkent - Dunhuang - Chang'an Central: ...
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Was the post-WW2 form of globalisation a historical abberation? [closed]

I was discussing this with a friend and while I argued that globalisation (in the form of transportation of goods, people, knowledge and technology) existed since the early 17th century,he rebutted by ...
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Does the (Ragnersson) mean (Son of Ragnar)?

What is the meaning of Ragnarsson, does it mean the son of Ragnar or it is a stand-alone name?
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Who are some examples of real life versions of the character Littlefinger in the show Game of Thrones? [closed]

In Game of Thrones, Petyr Baelish or Littlefinger was one of the more fascinating characters for the first 5 seasons of the show (before the writers went off in their own direction) as he was not a ...
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How effectively did Romans rotate/relieve lines with the cohort system? [duplicate]

There is a similar question on Reddit and the original poster of the question uses a YouTube video to demonstrate the point. That video showcases a rotation of Roman infantry in a cohort. According to ...
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When names of these countries were first called

I'd like to know when the first time the name of India in English (Inde in French) was called. What is the name in Latin and if there is one? Also, I'd like to know the first time the names of Myanmar ...
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What is the significance of “Pharaoh” versus “King” in ancient Egypt?

On Wikipedia, I started from the page of Ramses II, who is described as a pharaoh, and kept clicking on the 'predecessor' link. Every predecessor was a pharaoh until I got to Ahmose I. https://en....
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Which ancient ruler lopped off the heads of flowers with a sword? [closed]

I recall an ancient ruler, perhaps a Caesar, who's son/nephew/son-in-law came to him from a different city asking for what the ruler wanted done to the ruler's enemies in that city. The ruler said ...
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Who where the Tartars? How large was their empire? [closed]

I have seen some conflicting information on the Tartarian Empire. What influence did they have and do any of their structures and architecture still remain?
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Where can I find immigration records from Sicily to Brazil 1890-1910 [closed]

Immigration records from Sicily to Brazil 1890-1910
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Did Germany reinforce the power of the Bolsheviks in order to maintain territorial gains Germany obtained, during WWI, from the USSR? [closed]

During WWI, the government of Germany helped Lenin physically arrive in the Russian Empire (via sealed train) at a crucial moment, and the government of Germany had a motive to help the Bolsheviks ...
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What do historians do when limited sources are available? [closed]

Although my area of history is focusing on 1980s and 1990s, in general, when you're studying an era of history or a particular topic and there are little to no sources available (for example, areas of ...
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When did households become electrified?

The first households were supplied with electricity in the 1880s (from wikipedia). I think by around 1950 most urban households in the US had electricity. Rural households got there a few years later? ...
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Would a commissioned officer in the Royal Navy during the mid-late 18th century ever sail on a vessel other than a man-o-war, ship of the line, etc?

As someone who does not exactly understand how naval commissions worked in the 18th century, I am curious to know if there might have ever been an occasion where a commissioned officer (such as a ...
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How much faster is the theoretical rate of progress than the historical rate of progress? [closed]

Any technological, scientific, philosophical, creative milestone had certain prerequisites before it could realistically occur. We build on the past. This doesn’t mean that once these prerequisites ...
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Can anyone help me identify this Coat of Arms?

Can anyone help me identify this coat of arms? As far as I can identify, there are 2 Lion Rampant regardant. A Pelican in her nest, a crown, a shield with stars. It is on a small galleried tray that I ...
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Could someone who had joined a monastery decide to leave?

Could a nun or monk that had been admitted to a monastery "quit" and (more or less) return to the life they lived before joining? I am mostly interested in Europe and Christianity ...
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Did the Black Death affect Muslim's prayers in the mosque? [duplicate]

How did the black death affect Muslims? Were they not allowed to go pray in the mosques? So if Muslims where not allowed to go to the mosque how did they complete their prayers?
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Is there an objective measure of decadence?

I came across this article about how the modern (western) world is decadent. I am not necessarily convinced by the arguments that it puts forward, but I was wondering if there is an objective measure ...
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Who said “against the soul, lies; against the body, violence” and where?

First of all apologies if there is one community site more appropriate for this. I have been reading today on a lot of Spanish right wing sites a quote attributed to Lenin: "Contra las almas la ...
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How to research a Victorian company

In June 1890, the South Atlantic (African) Land and Exploration Company advertised its prospectus in a number of English papers including the Brighton Gazette. I am endeavouring to find out as much as ...
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During the defense of the home islands, what was Japan's plan for its forces off-island?

It's July 1945. Okinawa is lost. Japan is preparing for an Allied invasion of the Home Islands. While they're arming civilians with spears and clubs, Japan still had millions of soldiers in Manchuria, ...
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What was a Thermometer used for in the 14th century? [closed]

What was a Thermometer most commonly used for in the 14th century?
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How to analyze gender in the historical development process of a technology? [closed]

We have methodological approaches and questions around the social construction of technology. That much is known. We have gender as a dimension in historical research. We have methods to analyze the ...
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What fueled the street lights in 13th-century Cordoba?

Córdoba, Spain is often said to have had street lights in its Muslim period, which ended in 1236. How did those street lights work? In Lawrence of Arabia, Prince Faisal was dramatized as having said ...
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Why didn't the Austrian Empire have Household troops?

In Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket the historian Richard Holmes writes on p. 103: Most European armies maintained bodies of Household troops - Austria was a notable ...
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Was the 1977 sale of a submarine to Indonesia controversial in Germany at the time?

In April 2021, the Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala sunk with all hands. The submarine was sold by Germany in 1977 (contract signed, manufacture finished in 1981). Just two years before order, ...

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