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What is the history of "Translation is like a woman" quote?

Modern quote I am looking for the history of the [derogatory] quote: Translation is like a woman. If it is beautiful, it is not faithful. If it is faithful, it is most certainly not beautiful. It is ...
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How important was the US steel industry to the allies during World War II?

The United States steel plants were humming at the beginning of the second world war, due to a growing auto industry, and a decent economy as the U.S. raced out of the Great Depression. With that ...
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Why were medium bombers so low in numbers in Allied air forces?

The medium bombers of WWII are numerous. We could mention for the Americans the B-18, B-23, B-10 to which could be added the famous B-25 Mitchell and B-26 Marauder. In the British air force, they were ...
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What is this glyph on Feb 23 1940 in a Finnish military calendar?

I have the scan of a February 1940 calendar (inside a military booklet?) from a Finnish soldier during the Winter War. On the Friday 23, there is some kind of glyph (it looks like the Swedish Three ...
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Which Greek word was used in the text "Charmides" which was translated as "science" in some translations, or as "knowledge" in others?

I wanted to know which Greek word was used in the text Charmides which was translated as "science" in some translations and as "knowledge" in others. For example, “Isn’t medicine ...
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Did the Roman Empire lie? [closed]

Some modern countries, including the US, Russia, and the UK in particular are blamed (by the other side, where Russia is confronted to US+UK) to be particularly lying in politics, using their powerful ...
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When was Joseph Alsop article 'Another Hitler-Time?' published in the Washington Post?

When was Joseph Alsop article 'Another Hitler-Time?' first published in the Washington Post? The Washington Post archives doesn't seem to contain this article. This article contains, the supposed, ...
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Can you recommend any good researches on the period of Japanese colonization of Taiwan? [closed]

Just as the title says, I'm currently looking forward towards learning more about the topic. If you know any works that you find fundamental in a way on this topic, I'll gladly accept any suggestions! ...
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What were some of the measures put up by the Austrian Empire to encourage Friulian identity?

In "The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919" by British historian Mark Thompson, in the "Year Zero" chapter on page 144 (2009 edition) one reads Further north ...
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Did Gosplan use Sears Roebuck and similar catalogues to "fix prices"?

Does anything corroborate the claim, made by Ray Evans in the March 2002 proceedings of the H.R. Nicholls Society (dedicated to deregulating the Australian labour market), that when the American ...
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Who was the first person to get a more accurate measure of the earth's circumference than Eratosthenes?

When researching a paper on Eratosthenes for class I saw that one of his major accomplishments was the first more or less accurate measure of the earth's circumference,only between −2.4% and +0.8% off....
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Did the quality of prisms affect the acceptance of Newton's light experiments?

My question starts with the following statement from a book I'm reading "Moreover, repetition of a well-established experience could give results that made it be called into question: an ...
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What Is this circa 1930 German object: a toy set, a poster or something else?

I have a low resolution reproduction of an old photograph, the original unfortunately no longer exists. It was taken at Christmas, with a nativity scene in the foreground and a Christmas tree on the ...
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Were there public executions of Nazi collaborators in the Netherlands?

The Last Vermeer is an entertaining but not entirely accurate film about the forger Han Van Meegeren. Opening in May 1945, at the end of the Second World War, Nazi collaborators are show being ...
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What was this television history series?

Back in the 80's or 90's I used to watch a history show on TV. It may have been a BBC series but it definitely had a British host. He'd normally start off talking about one thing in history, like the ...
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What were the Native Tribes of Western Kansas prior to the migrations of the Comanche and Kiowa? [closed]

I am stuck on a writing project, trying to research the historical inhabitants of Western Kansas, specifically southwest Kansas close to the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles, and I am having difficulty ...
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Why was Jean Chiappe given the job of High Commissioner of the Levant in 1940?

Jean Chiappe was a right-wing civil servant who got fired from his job as police prefect during a scandal in 1934. In 1940, the Vichy French gave him the job of high commissioner to the Levant, which ...
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Map of Canada from about 1912? Or earlier?

I saw this map in a youtube video that was mainly about the life of a German inventor who relocated to Canada in 1912. That seems to hint that this is how a map of Canada looked at that time. It is ...
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Was this device created in the 15th or 18th century and what was it really used for?

The following picture appeared in my Facebook feed. Looking around, I was not able to find anything that could at least somewhat prove that the device was genuine (many people create random things now ...
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Where is the primary source for the Byzantine Office of Barbarian Affairs?

The Byzantine Office of Barbarian Affairs refers to the agency the Byzantines had to spy and deal with foreign affairs. I've seen this information across many sources (Wikipedia and blogs) but I can't ...
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How much wealth did the US "earn" from Philippines during its occupation as a colony?

I recently came across this article - ‘There’s No Other Job’: The Colonial Roots of Philippine Poverty which highlights that: Decades after independence, the Philippines lacks the kind of factory ...
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How does one "ride on the brake beam"?

This would be a better fit for trains.stackexchange.com if it existed... but it doesn't, so I'm asking here. I started with the question of what it means when the narrator of Eliza's Son (1913) says ...
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What would term would a lollard use to refer to the Bible?

I assume they would not call it the "Bible". Would they say "Holy Scripture" or "The Word of God" when talking about the whole collection of OT NT (and apocrypha) or was ...
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What do we know about the timeline of deaths _within_ famines, from historical wartime occurrences?

Pardon the ghoulish subject, I am trying to find historical examples of famines during wartime to see how they evolved. how many months in did people start dying? was the death rate constant during ...
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Why did the British support Zionism during the mandate period?

The question is inspired by reading The Iron Cage by Rashid Khalidi. While the book provides many interesting insights, its arguments/findings essentially hinge on the claim that the British empire ...
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Have there been any plausible reports of killing polar bears with a bone spring?

A user of a different stack exchange site recently mentioned a supposed polar bear killing technique devised by Inuit hunters. I found it quite difficult to find any other source for the story, but ...
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How would our ancestors have judged which days were solstices or equinoxes?

I have no idea if there is any evidence or even informed speculation about this, so I thought I'd ask the community most likely to know. Megalithic and other prehistoric structures are widely ...
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Ranking Eastern Europe Communist regimes by severity of repression [closed]

I was wondering that the severity of repression, censorship, economic stagnation must have varied greatly across the Eastern bloc countries between 1945-1990. It may even have varied over the years in ...
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What would "close confinement" look like for a Saxon count being punished by Henry V of Germany in the early 1100s?

While reading the Cambridge Medieval history collection I keep coming across 'confinement' or 'imprisonment' being used to punish or coerce nobles, kings, and even popes. I'm wondering what the ...
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Did provincial elections occur in 1934 in the provinces of Punjab and Bengal?

I was reading about elections in British India that happened as per the rules of the Government of India Act, 1919. From 1920 till 1934, a total of five elections were conducted i.e. 1920, 1923, 1926, ...
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Is this stone natural or is it an ancient tool? (pictures from both sides)

So those are the two pictures I took. It kinda looks like a tiny axe but it could be natural. Can someone help me identify if this is an ancient artifact or just a natural rock with a special shape?
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What originated the border dispute over Mont Blanc Peak?

Italy and France have a border dispute over the summit of Mont Blanc. Official Italian maps claims that the summit is shared while French ones claim the peak is entirely in French territory. From ...
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Did the Issa ally themselves with the Italians or with Ethiopia in the 1930?

Did the Issa ally themselves with the Italians or with Ethiopia in the 1930? I found conflicting statements about this. Wikipedia claims without an immediate citation that: In the Italian invasion of ...
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Were religious people in the 13 colonies more likely to be loyalists?

I've been teaching 4th/5th graders using the text "Social Studies Alive!" and talking about whether religious people in the colonies tended to lean loyalist vs patriot vs neutral in the ...
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Did the Romans import worship in response to plagues?

Pan's Travail by J. Hughes mentions an introduction of various gods as a response to plagues near the fall of the Roman Empire, including Aesculapius ("introduced at Rome to avert a pestilence in ...
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Is there an English translation for Excerpta de Legationibus, Constantine?

I'm looking into primary sources about the Huns by Priscus of Panium. The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire, R.C Blockley directed me to to Constantine's Excerpta de ...
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Were there Roman "weekly executions" in Judea?

I'm down in the moderate unpleasantness that is the US state of Florida. Not having anything better to do, I pop down to the local amateur library and pick something out. Most of it consisted of ...
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Clarification on WW 2 US Army Discharge Papers (General Orders)

I am attempting to do some research on my paternal grandfather whom served in WW2. He was honorably discharged in AUG 46 and I have a copy of that paperwork. I know he served as a part of the 26th ...
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Why is a temple to Hathor in India?

Many internet articles are saying that there is a temple of Deity Hathor (which is an Egyptian goddess) in Nuh district, Mewat city, Haryana state, India . Exact Map's Location This is a reliable ...
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What does it mean for an empire to fight for relevance?

I read about the Armenian genocide that it was a last-ditch effort from the Ottomans to fight for relevance. Is "fighting for relevance" a common expression in historic commentary? What does ...
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What caused the fall of the Zhou dynasty? [closed]

The Zhou dynasty was the longest dynasty, yet in the end they created the Warring States Period why? I have read Wikipedia:Zhou, but I don't understand it well.
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When and where did the Allies use starvation tactics in WW2?

There's a paper that claims in relation to the Nuremberg trials: The American‑run tribunal hearing the case affirmed the legal “propriety of attempting to reduce [a place controlled by the enemy to] ...
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What historic examples are there of swords being used a primary weapon in history? [closed]

Before anybody says anything I've already heard it all before "Swords were historically sidearms." "Swords aren't meant to be primary weapons." and all other such things. I ...
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What was the original title of Jewish kings? [closed]

Thinking about King Solomon, and other Jewish leaders who bear the title "king" in English sources (for example King David). Seems a bit strange, because the word king is of Germanic origin. ...
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What type of naval ship is this?

What type of naval ship is this? Note gun batteries on stern, Unknown location and date.
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Did Rommel commit anything that would later have been considered a war crime?

As I understand it Rommel was executed, or forced to commit suicide (same thing really) because he defied Hitler who ordered him to kill Allied POWs. A nazi war general getting executed because of ...
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How many languages is the Alexander Romance found in?

How many languages does the Alexander Romance exist in? I am getting contradictory figures from different sources. I'm referring to translations known to us from premodern times. Albert Mugrdich ...
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Why didn't the promise of the imminent Green Revolution forestall German territorial ambitions just before World War 2? [closed]

Many Germans, even before World War I, believed that Germany needed to occupy Lebensraum or living space in other countries to achieve resource security. Also in the early 1900's scientists around ...
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What proposals have been made to amend the U.S. Constitution to make it mention God?

Many State constitutions in the United States mention God: But the U.S. Constitution does not.* What proposals have been made (say in the 19th century) to amend the U.S. Constitution to make it ...
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U.S. motto change from "E Pluribus Unum" to "In God We Trust"

Latin for Dummies p. 310 says: As a result of the Communist scare of the 1950s, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the U.S. Congress changed the U.S. motto to In God We Trust. But before the ...
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