An interesting political issue at some point in history?
April 23, 2010 4:00 AM Subscribe
Please tell me about a time/place in history that had some interesting political issue that was very divisive at the time.
posted by giggleknickers to Society & Culture (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm toying with the idea of writing a historical short story and I'm trying to find a good time and place to start researching for the setting. There are so many cultures throughout history to choose from, though! One thing in particular that I would like to find is some time and place where there was a divisive political issue going on, but something that would not be considered debatable today.
There are many obvious examples of this. Today (at least where I live), it's not considered debatable whether women should have the right to work and vote, whether slavery is okay, whether children should be used as labour, whether people born working class should be permitted to hold high status positions, and so forth. I would really like a less obvious example, perhaps something that most people wouldn't even realize was ever a debate.
Does anybody have an interesting insights into a time and place anywhere in the world, at any time in history where there was an interesting political issue which was divisive and caused a great deal of conflict?