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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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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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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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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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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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Karl Marx's usage of "Moor"

Marx's demographic numbers did not look right to me, so I consulted the Wikipedia page Demographic history of Jerusalem. Sure enough, Marx's numbers differ substantially from the numbers of the ...
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Karl Marx's usage of "Moor"

An answer can be either simple or complicated. The simple interpretation is: Marx was trying to describe the ethnical makeup of the complete population of Jerusalem. So, when he writes about "...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Did Palestinians form a distinct ethnically/culturally/linguistically homogeneous group in pre-Mandate period?

On one level, there is a trivial answer to this question. No, there was no Palestinian ethnic identity of major significance prior to the British Mandate. But it's important to emphasize that all of ...
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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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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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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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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 Millennium B.C. ...
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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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Did the Creole estate in Russian America encompass Siberian creoles?

An important point for the answer to this question - the entity governing the Russian America was the Russian American Company (RAC), not the actual government structures of Russian Empire. The act ...
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When the Chinese were driven out of modern Vietnam in AD 938, did an Vietnamese ethnic identity already exist?

Barring positive evidence of large-scale population movement since 983 AD, this ethnographic map of Vietnam in 1970 (from here) would seem to be definitive that the Vietnamese people achieved their ...
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Did Palestinians form a distinct ethnically/culturally/linguistically homogeneous group in pre-Mandate period?

until 1970s "Palestinian" meant a "Jew living in Eretz Yisroel" "Palestinian Identity" was invented by the KGB (as reported by General Ion Mihai Pacepa) in 1960-ies and ...
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