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When did Germans begin to call themselves "Deutsche"?

There is a text written by Luther called "an den christlichen Adel deutscher Nation" (exact spelling!). So the word "deutsch" is very old. However, even from the 1848 revolution on (short-living ...
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Were there ethnic Russians in Alaska when the US purchased it 1867? Did they stay?

The Wikipedia article on the Alaska Purchase discusses the population of Alaska before the purchase: Seward told the nation that the Russians estimated that Alaska contained about 2,500 Russians ...
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What is the origin of the American stereotypes about Swedish women?

Swedish liberal attitudes developed during the post World War 2 era (remember that Sweden had been neutral, and had not suffered nearly as much during the war as many other European countries). As ...
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Did the Ottoman government rationalize the Armenian Genocide and other instances of ethnic cleansing as a response to Russian expansion?

This question can be very much opinable, but I want to address some points: Did the architects of the Armenian Genocide during World War I plan their actions in part as a reciprocal population ...
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Why did native Americans and Europeans mix in South America but not in North America?

I think you could argue for a fundamental difference in the Spanish and English attitudes toward "colonization" of the Americas, based partly on different historical backgrounds and partly on where ...
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Are the Sabean people of Cushitic or Ethiopian origin?

tl; dr Are the Sabean people of Ethiopian origin? No. The evidence suggests that they originated in the region now known as South Arabia. Did the Sabean people truly exist? We have the remains of ...
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What do we currently know about the ethnic origins of Jews?

Being awfully broad as it is, it is nevertheless an issue that might be addressable. But the terminology needs to be clearer. "Jews", in our modern sense, sprang into existence only after 70 ...
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What is the difference between Taino and Puerto Rican?

"Latino" or "Hispanic" refers to an American with a cultural heritage from Spain as filtered through Latin America, and says nothing about their genetic ancestry. "Taino" refers to someone with a ...
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Are the Sabean people of Cushitic or Ethiopian origin?

A few things that I think need to be cleared up here. First: When the ancients said "Ethiopia", they generally meant the territory directly south of Egypt, what we today call Sudan. They were not ...
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Why are the Rohingya not recognized in Myanmar (Burma), amongst the other 135 ethnic groups?

The history is disputed between the Rakhine and Rohingya, but in essence it is related to population movement between the Chittagong region (now south-eastern Bangladesh) and Arakan (now Rakhine state ...
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What is the origin of the American stereotypes about Swedish women?

There are a couple of reasons. The main ones are lack of a double standard, and the fact that Sweden had its "1960s" about ten years earlier. The lack of a double standard explains the stereotype of ...
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When did Germans begin to call themselves "Deutsche"?

The word Deutsch itself has deep roots. The name Dutch is a cognate. If you're willing to reach way back, the word's ancestry can be traces to the proto-Indo-European word tewtéh [1] meaning people, ...
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How likely would it have been for a rural Bohemian to encounter someone with darker skin?

Historians appear to be correct that there is no conclusive evidence of this minority group settling in Bohemia. That being said, it is possible that a Bohemian would have met a sub-Saharan native. ...
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When and why have the Neo-nazi view of Slavic peoples changed?

What is a Nordic, Aryan or Slav anyway? The most outstanding thing to observe here is of course to assume that decidedly irrational racism can provide an objective, reliable and valid consistency ...
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Were there ethnic Russians in Alaska when the US purchased it 1867? Did they stay?

Apparently, the vast majority of Russian settlers went home. However, some remained and preserved their culture. Several years ago, I've read an article about a peculiar dialect of the Russian ...
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When did Germans begin to call themselves "Deutsche"?

The term has evolved gradually, with the root phrase being listed in Wikipedia: Theodiscus is a Medieval Latin term literally meaning "popular" or "of the people". Later in the same entry it ...
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When and why have the Neo-nazi view of Slavic peoples changed?

Short answer: The terminology being used here, is I believe, incorrect. The true Neo-Nazis have not changed their view on Slavic people. What you are observing is the attitude of Neo-Fascists ...
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The monumental/architectural sculptures of Petra - has there been any research on the likely craftsmen who executed them?

The Nabateans had given up the nomadic life long before the construction of the most famous buildings at Petra, such as the Treasury in the 1st century AD. Petra had been the Nabatean capital for ...
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Which lame moor was the namesake of Rancho Moro Cojo?

The book Historic Spots in California: Fifth Edition claims the term moro was used to indicate anything black, and that tradition says that a lame black horse gave the name to this particular ...
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What do we currently know about the ethnic origins of Jews?

Jew is harder to trace than Hebrew or Israelite. Hebrew is a distinct language in the Northwest Semitic group. It split off of the Canaanite language in the second half of the 2nd Millenium B.C. There ...
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Were there cases where an ethnic newspaper had the highest circulation in a country?

In 1900 Hufvudstadsbladet (Swedish language newspaper in Finland) had a circulation of 17,500, putting it far ahead of the nearest Finnish language rival, Uusi Soumetar at 11,300.(Conflict and ...
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Why did native Americans and Europeans mix in South America but not in North America?

One theory is that King Phillip's war was the cause. The idea behind this theory is simple: When the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620, the Native Americans aided them in establishing ...
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What were Hispanic people called in the US in the 1800s?

There was no such umbrella term in common use in the 1800s that corresponds directly to our "Hispanic" or "Latino" category. I think T.E.D.’s answer is correct in that people with Mexican origins were ...
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Origin of the "Tartar" troops in the First Opium War

Further research seems to indicate that the last part of the question is correct and that various statements to the effect that the Tartars were "Mongols" or "Turks" may be incorrect. An issue of the ...
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Were there any non-Afrikaner apartheid supporters in South Africa before 1994?

Yes, English-speaking white South Africans on the whole were nearly as racist as the Afrikaners and many supported apartheid, even if they were less vocal about it. For his article "Towards ...
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When did Germans begin to call themselves "Deutsche"?

The term must definitely have been in common use by 1863, at the very latest, as it is used in the inscription on the floor of the Hall of Liberation. There, it was still spelled Teutsche, however.
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Was the factional civil war that broke out in Angola after its independence in 1975 based on tribal rivalry?

Broadly, yes. The MPLA's main support was among the Ambundu people. UNITA's main support came from the Ovimbundu tribe of central Angola. The FNLA's main support came from the Bakongo people in the ...
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Conditions of Upper-Silesian-Poles minority in Weimar Republic?

First of all, it is very important to notice that the situation in both Province of Upper Silesia within Prussia/Germany and The Voivodship of Silesia within Poland was extremely tense, due to the ...
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Are these Houthi Rebels in Yemen the same people who ran the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen?

The Mutawakkili kingdom was ruled by the imam of the Zaydi sect. The Houthis are Zaydis, but they are not from the family of the Imams; in this sense they are not “the same lot”, as you put it. It ...
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Did the Ottoman government rationalize the Armenian Genocide and other instances of ethnic cleansing as a response to Russian expansion?

It is always difficult to name one reason for a complicated historical event. Usually there are many reasons. The point of view expressed in your question is defended at least by some historians. For ...
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