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Where did Medieval Europe's gold come from?

In the Greek and Roman Era there were a number of sources in Europe tapped for gold.. These were often alluvial (alluvium is loose soil or sediment, usually around water) deposits near the mouths of ...
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Where can I find the original "On the New Rules for Destroying Countries" (1901) by Liang Qichao?

The essay is indeed originally in Chinese, with the title 滅國新法論, which may aid further searches. It is collected in full in 《飲冰室合集》, as well as the 《梁啟超文集》 in abridged form. The abridged version is ...
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Where did Medieval Europe's gold come from?

Half the Old World's gold around the medieval period came from Mali Empire. Credit to many hours playing Civilisation 4 as Mansa Musa for knowing this one!
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Where can I find a scan of the translated "De re militari" in Bulgarian?

There isn't one. The idea that there was a pre-Gutenberg Bulgarian translation of Vegetius' De Re Militaria seems to have started with an unsigned article in the 11th edition (1911) of the ...
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Where do all the bullet casings after a war end up?

Well, people from the generation that grew up right after the war told their kids (including me) of the treasure trove of unexploded ammunition they came across as the kids. The stories included ...
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Where can I find more information about former German internal enclaves and exclaves?

Here's a zoomed-in screenshot of a map I made using Harvard's Geospatial Library. As you can see in the left, the layer I chose was "Germany State Boundaries, 1914." The little exclave in the bottom ...
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Were these two racist quotes written by Marx?

Q: Were these two racist quotes written by Marx? Short answer: no, neither is Marx the author, it was Engels writing from which some words were used for this, nor is that an authentic string of words ...
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Is there any information on what numbers of American families have what numbers of children, for any time period?

You can download Census microdata at IPUMS USA here: https://usa.ipums.org/usa/ Since a large number of births occurred to married women historically in the United States, you could also use ...
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Are images of the original tablets for the Epic of Gilgamesh available online?

As you know from my answer to your earlier question, the best preserved tablets containing the standard Akkadian version of the Gilgameš Epic were discovered in the Library of Ashurbanipal in Nineveh ...
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What are the earliest written accounts of Sub-Saharan Africa from the outside?

According to the UNESCO General History of Africa (vol 1), The ancient authors' information was scanty and fitful, especially in relation to West Africa. Herodotus, Manethon, the Elder Pliny, ...
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Looking for a (preferably digital) collection of McCarthy speeches (transcripts)

The University of Marquette seems to have a lot of McCarthy material digitized and online. I believe they have even more material that isn't (yet?) digitized.
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Index of importance / economic value various minerals during the Industrial Revolution

US Geological Survey has some publications which may be of interest to you. Here for example is the report on Copper. It lists prices in cents per pound every year from 1850 to 1998. Here is the ...
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Are there any reliable documented records of members or operations of the French Resistance during World War 2?

For that particular individual, if he was a serving RAF officer he would definitely have been debriefed on his return to the UK about his activities in France, before returning to active service. If ...
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Who was the Gold Rush memoirist James G. Ward?

I believe you are looking for James Ward who is credited with writing the book, "Perils, Pastimes, and Pleasures of an Emigrant in Australia, Vancouver’s Island and California." (See: Perils, Pastimes,...
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Index of importance / economic value various minerals during the Industrial Revolution

[OP here. Found the answer and will share for future generations with the same question.] In the book Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970 published by the United States ...
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Are there extant rancho budgets (original or contrived) for Mexican California?

This is not a budget and being from 1850 is outside the Mexican period but it may be of some use. And if you scroll forward/down from that link you will find many more! Later - Many Many more!
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What are the earliest written accounts of Sub-Saharan Africa from the outside?

Originally, the question asked for a non-African source, which I interpreted as an account from someone who originally lived outside Africa. The question has now been refined to include any accounts ...
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Where can I find clean maps of colonial America?

The Library of Congress has a search engine where you can search specifically for maps. E.g. the search term "1600" leads to some historical maps.
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Is there any resource to learn interiors of a house for particular classes in 17th Century in Bohemia?

Buildings and structures panoramic of prague in the late 17th (source: old-prague.com) Workshops the only one i've been able to find is the misseroni workshop, in the 1630's, it was a ...
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Where did Medieval Europe's gold come from?

I'll add that the Carpathian mountains in Eastern Europe have been a very rich source of gold in the middle ages and before. The Roman conquering of Dacia in 106 AD - modern day Romania is said to ...
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How can I find the most complete list of the names of Kaytn Massacre victims?

So far, I have discovered these (which I believe are compiled from the same sources): http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2236382 http://katyn.org.au/Lista_Katyn.pdf
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Where do all the bullet casings after a war end up?

As Michael says, people collect them as souvenirs. Military and other government agencies also collect them to prevent accidents. Even to this day farmers in Europe plow up munitions and other trash ...
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Where I can find historical literacy rates of Eastern European countries?

Here is a chart of global literacy rates. Russia is toward the "bottom" (of developed countries), but still had a literacy rate of about 50% in 1900, rising sharply in the early 20th centuries. This ...
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How long did it take to make a 16th Century arrow?

Since you recall reading an article which included the length of time to compllete an arrow, perhaps it was in the book With a Bended Bow: Archery in Mediaeval and Renaissance Europe By Erik Roth. In ...
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Are there any images of the USS Enterprise at night?

What you need to see is a general plan. If you go here https://www.hnsa.org/manuals-documents/booklets-of-general-plans-online/ You will find a great long list of ships for which the website has ...
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Is there any resource for showing world territories at different years?

Check out https://www.timemaps.com It's pretty much exactly what you seem to be looking for. You can zoom in and out at specific points in time, navigate around the map to different areas, and so ...
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Where can I find historical statistics about Catholic monasticism?

For recent history, the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiæ (an annual almanac) contains information about numbers of priests and religious.
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