Skip to main content
44 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

On a lighter note (compared to the suggestions in other answers), possibly more suited to 12-year olds and with no possible covert political/religious/etc message, try: Did Robin Hood exist? Did King ...
Allure's user avatar
  • 6,318
43 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

The Anglo-Saxon invasion/settlement of Britain? It's agreed that in the space of a few centuries, most of Britain went from being: mixed Christian/Pagan in religion mostly Celtic-speaking by language ...
Vince Bowdren's user avatar
36 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

How about the Late Bronze Age collapse? It would fit nicely into the background you provided under point three and I think could be explained at an age-appropriate level with lots of somewhat commonly ...
haarigertroll's user avatar
24 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

Well it's a pity that the only civil war your class is aware of is a fictional one between superheroes, because otherwise the US civil war fits your criteria perfectly I think. My personal opinion and ...
thieupepijn's user avatar
22 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

Troy You can start with the Schliemann discovery, the so-called Priam's treasure, the realization that there were different layers, pinpointing Troy VII as probable Homeric Troy. Fits into the ...
o.m.'s user avatar
  • 17k
14 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

Did Marco Polo Really Go to China? There are two major theories/groupings about Marco Polo's claims and publications that he travelled to China with his uncles and lived there for many years. It ...
RBarryYoung's user avatar
13 votes

Why can't the gospel of Mark be as late as 110 CE?

The question needs a couple of frame challenges. Dating solutions for the gospel of Mark do range from ~40s–140s. It is correct to say that the most common/popular/conventional dating would put Mark ...
LаngLаngС's user avatar
  • 80.9k
13 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

The Kennedy assassination would seem a prime example of disputed history, as would the role of the Mafia in John Kennedy's election as President. The Rosenberg trial would be another. Whether the ...
JohnHunt's user avatar
  • 255
10 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

I recently read that some years ago, some scholars formed the view that there never was an Catharic heresy, much less a Catharic religion, not even a separate Catharic "church" organisation. ...
Jan's user avatar
  • 9,216
10 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

Factors I'm using Preferably, it should be about some subject that they have already learned If possible, there should be only two big theories (and maybe a few alternatives with minority support), ...
January First-of-May's user avatar
9 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

Who first discovered America? Common ‘wisdom’ in the US is that it was Christopher Columbus, and the public schools in the US generally say exactly nothing more. Prior to that though, the Norse ...
Austin Hemmelgarn's user avatar
7 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

War of 1812: USA regards it as preventing the UK from pressganging US sailors. The UK and Canada regard it as a US land grab for Canada.
Graham Laight's user avatar
4 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

For what it's worth, I think you should flesh out some of your discussion on this topic with things that people were once bitterly divided about but which were later resolved in various ways. As you ...
lly's user avatar
  • 2,033
3 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

I think Jesus of Nazareth can be a proper candidate for this question. Quoting verbatim from Wikipedia: There is widespread disagreement among scholars on the historicity of specific episodes ...
polfosol's user avatar
  • 167
2 votes

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

The classic question for this age group is the use of atomic weapons in the Pacific War. Was it necessary? Was it just? How does the ending compare with the foreign policy aims of the US prior to the ...
vk5tu's user avatar
  • 231
1 vote

Why can't the gospel of Mark be as late as 110 CE?

After making a timeline of Jesus and early Christianity, it seems to me very difficult to date Mark gospel later than during the 80' decade. I'm not expert in the topic, but Mark's gospel fits well ...
James's user avatar
  • 2,701
1 vote

Why can't the gospel of Mark be as late as 110 CE?

I thank LangLangC for his answer, which helpfully points out that at least some modern scholars, motivated by the hypothesis of Marcionite priority, are willing to consider much later dates for Mark. ...
fdkjghsdfkgshdk's user avatar
1 vote

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

Might be somewhat controversial, and I believe older historical debates are safer grounds, but what about how much blame Hirohito deserves for Japan's entry into WW2? Two views exist: Hirohito, as ...
Italian Philosophers 4 Monica's user avatar
1 vote

What is a major historical event historians are deeply divided over?

If you're looking for something where the evidence is undisputed, but the interpretation varies, a good choice would be the starting date of World War II. The three mainstream dates: July 7, 1937, ...
Mark's user avatar
  • 8,541

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible