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Where did all the money go? [on hold]

If you had $1 when Caesar was assassinated 2063 years ago and had saved it with 2 % real interest rate you would have 1,02^2063 = 5,5 x 10^17 dollars today. Even if it is difficult to translate the ...
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How much did the US President Polk offer to buy Alta California and Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico?

In 1845, the US President proposed to buy Alta California and Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico from Mexico. The former constitutes the states of California, Nevada, Utah and parts of Arizona, Wyoming, ...
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Does the experience of Hindu citizens of Pakistan inform Israelis about “one state” solution? [on hold]

I frankly suspect that the one-state solution is an attempt to fundamentally change the makeup of Israel in such a way that a hypothetical Jewish minority would be in jeopardy. Is it reasonable to ...
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Why did Western Europe opt for reform and Eastern Europe for revolution? [on hold]

When socialism was in the ascendant in early 20C Europe it generally took the form of reform in Western Europe leading to democratic socialism and revolutionary socialism in Eastern Europe, that is ...
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Did the Republic of Venice use range voting?

It's claimed on rangevotin.org that The 41 elected the Doge (from among nominees they chose; any of the 41 could write a name on a slip of paper, and from then onward, that name was a candidate) ...
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Why were the doors of ghettos locked at night?

I've heard that some hundreds of years ago, in many places, the Jews were forced to live in ghettos and that the doors to the ghetto were locked at night. (See, for example, https://widerimage....
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Looking for a documentary on history of communication

I am looking for a documentary on the history of communication technologies. I found one particular documentary but I'm trying to figure out its title. The actual video is in French and appears to ...
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What is this building called? (It was built in 2002)

I have tried google image'ing it, but it doesn't work. Also it is a building that has a history as far as from 3th century before anno domini.
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appeal of robert the monk appeal of urban ii to the franks [on hold]

After reading the speech of Urban ll by Robert the Monk, calling for crusades to recapture the Holy Lands' find textual evidence from the document that show examples of propaganda. Write the quote ...
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Is the Church potentially to blame for the lack of scientific literacy amongst common people? [on hold]

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, revolutionary pioneers such as Galileo Galilei and Nicolaus Copernicus were making rapid advancements in science, technology, and philosophy; ...
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Can you match these Roman people/concepts/events? [on hold]

I'm having trouble with some of these...If you can help in any capacity I'd appreciate it!
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What is known about the Ubaid lizard-people figurines?

I find the Ubaid lizard-people figurines visually captivating. But for obvious reasons it's difficult to search for information about them online without wading chest deep through pages of ancient ...
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How were the day-to-day activities of the French Resistance financed?

Fighting a war, even as loosely-organised or underground force, is expensive - you need places to stay and keep things; you need to feed and equip people; you need to obtain, maintain and fuel ...
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What is the most complete study of Count Benyowszky?

Maurice Benyowsky was a notorious adventurer who wrote a well-known, highly fictionalized autobiography (Memoirs and Travels of Mauritius Augustus Count de Benyowsky). His supposed exploits became ...
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What was the economic impact of Notre Dame When it was built?

After visiting Notre Dame a while back I became curious about the economic impacts behind building a cathedral in the middle ages. The literature and the guides talked about a variety of motivations ...
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Austrian brass shell case (Berndorf 1910 R)

I would like to know which cannon could have fired such a shell and what does the R stand for? Was it fired in WWI? The dimensions are as follows: length 58 cm, width at the base 9.5 cm, and width ...
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Why did the rest of the Eastern Bloc not invade Yugoslavia?

When Tito was resisting Stalin/Soviet rule, according to the Wikipedia article on Tito: An invasion of Yugoslavia was planned to be carried out in 1949 via the combined forces of neighbouring ...
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Why weren't suicide pills air-dropped during the Rwandan Genocide? [on hold]

Words can't describe the rape, pain and suffering in the Rwandan Genocide: Major Brent Beardsley, assistant to Dallaire, gave testimony at the ICTR. When asked about the sexual violence he had ...
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Where can I find an online version of Lorenzo Valla’s latin translation of Histories by Herodotus?

Where can I find an online version of Lorenzo Valla’s latin translation of The Histories by Herodotus? I want to read Valla's Latin translation, not a translation into English.
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How many female monarchs used masculine titles?

Historically there are examples of females using the same titles as males without gender modification, going back thousands of years. But I am not certain how many of these examples actually used the ...
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How (not why) did the Bolshevik party seize such complete control of the All-Russian Congress of Soviets?

How (not why) did the Bolshevik party seize such complete control of the All-Russian Congress of Soviets ("the supreme governing body of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic from 1917 ...
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Is there a list of UN peacekeepers that ditched their posts?

7:48 of this video asseverates French peacekeepers are regularly shot at, becoming so intimidated that on one occasion they withdrew to their barracks, allowing Croatians to overrun their ...
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Why did Stalin exile Trotsky instead of killing or imprisoning him?

Leon Trotsky, one of the original founders of the Bolshevik Revolution, was strongly opposed to the leadership and policies of Joseph Stalin. In response to Trotskys public criticism of him, Stalin ...
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Help finding paper by Jean Buridan

I'm trying to make a timeline of momentum for my physics class and I keep running across a paper by Jean Buridan called QM XII.9: 73ra. I don't know what any of this means, and I don't know how to ...
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Is there folk knowledge associating late breastfeeding with low intelligence and/or gullibility?

In the song "Rich Folks Hoax", written by Sixto Rodriguez (of Searching for Sugar Man) in Detroit in 1970, the hoax is characterized in the following terms: only late-breast-fed fools believe it ...
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Where can I find data on the amount of fuel carried by WWII Warships and what their operational ranges were?

I am looking for a fairly comprehensive source where can I find data on the amount of fuel carried by WWII Warships and what their operational ranges were? I mean, I want to look up this information ...
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Why do very old arts (paintings, sculptures) look pretty inaccurate and abstract? [on hold]

I have been looking at arts from different archeological periods (40000BC up to now). One pattern that I noticed consistently when looking at arts from different periods is that the accuracy of such ...
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Do we know what the Watergate burglars were after?

On June 17, 1972, four months before the Presidential election, five men were caught breaking into Democratic National Committee's offices in the Watergate office building, in Washington D.C. They ...
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When did F become S in typeography, and why?

I'm sure you've all noticed documents in English from the 1700's often have 'F' where, if written now, there would be an 'S'. You can see what I'm talking about a few times in this example, like at ...
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Is there a ig-Nobel prize dinner? [closed]

I know that there’s a Nobel prize dinner & that there’s the ig-Nobel prize for making you laugh and then think: my question is this, is there a ig-Nobel prize dinner? I figured that it would be ...
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Demonym for someone from the kingdom of D'mt

D'mt is a little-studied kingdom which lasted from the 10th to 5th centuries BC, in Eritrea and Ethiopia. For further information, you can look here and just about nowhere else. The civilization is ...
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In Classical Athens, what did the portico of the archon basileus look like?

In Plato's Euthyphro, Socrates and his titular interlocutor meet at the portico of the archon basileus - or chief archon. I've been looking for an image of the portico but had no luck so far, and am ...
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Did Charles IV of Spain legally change Spanish succession law in 1789?

In 1713, Salic law was introduced to Spain. In 1830, Ferdinand VII who did not have any sons declared that his daughter Isabella was the next in line, instead of his brother Carlos. Carlos and his ...
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Did Friedrich Engels support the Chartist movement?

Does anybody have primary sources of Friedrich Engels explicitly supporting the Chartist movement? (Chartism was a mid-19th century political movement)
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What's the point of fortified castles inside fortified cities?

In middle ages people built highly fortified castles for royalty inside cities that were already fortified by walls. What was the reasoning behind that? Were they made to protect royal families from ...
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How can a megalith be dated via the C14 method?

Technically this is pre-history, but maybe someone can answer this. I was listening to a podcast about the spread of megalithic structures in Europe. A modern basis of research on this is the dating ...
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Why did Europeans call Native Americans Indians in the 18th Century AD, After they had found out they were in the wrong continent?

Why did European people continue to call Native Americans as Indians even after they found out they were not Indians? Question was inspired by Louis Ck's stand up bit. Based on what I know: ...
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How did passengers keep warm on sail ships?

Trans-Atlantic passenger travel was not very popular until the advent of the steamer, and yet men and women crossed the ocean periodically, including the affluent. From what I've been able to gather,...
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Wikileaks and United States of America [closed]

How accurate is the information on WikiLeaks? Why does the USA want to extradite Julian the founder? Who committed the crime? Julian or US Government.
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Why during the colonial era were Berber countries referred to as “Arab”?

I can cite an example: in Dumas’ “De Vicomte de Bragelonne”, Athos’ son (the Vicomte) decides to go to war in Algeria, where he fights against the Arabs: “The vicomte was summoned to surrender by ...
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What's the origin of the movement to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union?

Who first proposed that the UK should leave the EU, and why? How did this movement grow in support?
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What do these terms in Caesar's Gallic Wars mean?

In his Comentarii de bello Gallico, Ceasar writes this on first page: The Belgae rises from the extreme frontier of Gaul, extend to the lower part of the river Rhine; and look toward the ...
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Why were some Napoleonic battles fought at sea?

'The Royal Navy 1793-1815' is all about the different battles that took place in the water'...my main concern is why the navy was involved at all? why couldn't they just fight in the land ? Is it ...
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Virginia's response to Harper's Ferry, compared to the US response to 9/11

9/11 is now far enough in the past that I feel more able to analyze it as history. For most of the last 18 years, my rough mental model has been something like this. The US was subject to horrific ...
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What is political history of modern nation-states? [closed]

What is the political history of modern nation states? How does it involve Roman Empire, war, Europe, Treaty of Westphalia, european empires?
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What is the source of the story from the Battle of the Nile?

Here is a creepy story from history. As I remember the story, after The Battle of the Nile 1 August 1798 or the Battle of Trafalger 21 October 1805 someone on a British ship saw a boy sitting on a ...
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What known impacts to economy have been caused by electronical or digital data? [closed]

I'm looking for special milestones in history where digital or electronic data had an impact in the economy.
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Who were the police of Vichy France?

I'm starting a small project with some friends, but before I got started, I wanted to make sure I had all my facts straight. My question is about France in 1940, during the Second World War. When ...
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What were the implications of the deforestation of Ireland? [closed]

This Wikipedia article claims that before human arrival, Ireland was heavy forested, then due to heavy deforestation, it became devoid of forests by end of 19th century and was amazingly reforested ...
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Is the Ay dynasty of South India descended from the Chera? [closed]

Is the Ay dynasty of South India descended from the Chera?

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