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The Middle Ages: This Time With Things That ACTUALLY Happened

I need some cool resources for topics relating to the Middle Ages (Europe for now, but soon Japan, northern Africa, the Middle East, etc.) that are appropriate for middle schoolers (11-13 years old, decently diverse with lots of students with special needs). Here's the catch: I would really like sources that DON'T propagate myths about the middle ages (burning witches, world is flat, church put scientists on trial, etc.) AND are interesting. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Oct 18, 2016 - 19 answers

What is the best history of the indigenous people of Canada?

I am reading The Orenda right now, which is set in 17th century Canada and told from the point of view of a Huron man, an Iroquois girl, and a jesuit priest. This has me wanting to read a history book about Canada that focuses on the indigenous nations that were here: can you suggest the best one? [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Oct 8, 2016 - 4 answers

Honey, this was written down in the soviet era.

Identify the quote. [more inside]
posted by clavdivs on Oct 1, 2016 - 2 answers

Recent Non-Fiction Book About Failed New England Utopian Farm

I was listening to an episode of the BBC's "History Extra" Podcast sometime in the last year or two and they interviewed a historian who'd recently written a book about utopias, specifically a failed New England farm in the 1800's started by people with good intentions but who weren't good at farming. Does anyone remember this episode or know the book it was talking about? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Sep 28, 2016 - 11 answers

People Who Changed The World But Died Before They Turned 40

I'm making a list of folks who did something world-altering but died before turning 40. Historical/political/scientific like Alexander the Great or Srinivasa Ramanujan preferred, recent/pop cultural like the 27 Club, not so much. Thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Sep 24, 2016 - 47 answers

Life of a 14th Century Irish Historian

I'm hoping some History fans can help with resources on what life would have been like for a person who was an Irish historian during the 1300s. [more inside]
posted by catrae on Sep 24, 2016 - 6 answers


Herman Melville was an obscurity when Carl Van Doren (with Raymond Weaver's help) started promoting his work in the 1920s. Domenico Scarlatti was a completely forgotten Baroque composer until Ralph Kirkpatrick wrote his biography and republished his sonatas, which are now part of the keyboard canon. Petrarch discovered Cicero's letters and supposedly kicked off the entire Renaissance. What are some other examples of famous artists, writers, historical figures, etc. whose reputations were revived by a single person?
posted by theodolite on Sep 21, 2016 - 66 answers

Please share your favourite web-based organisational histories!

Inspired by the recent unveiling of the new MOMA exhibition archive, I was hoping you could share with us some brilliant examples of institutions showing off their history and heritage in new and interesting ways? [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs on Sep 20, 2016 - 3 answers

Refresh my podcasts

I need new podcasts to listen to! I like two kinds of podcasts: 1) high-production, good sound design, on almost any topic (think 99% Invisible, RadioLab) and 2) historical and/or biographical topics (Everything is Stories, Backstory, Criminal). And a few others. But my playlist has gone stale -- refresh me? Examples of what I already like and dislike are inside. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Sep 19, 2016 - 24 answers

Searching the hive mind for queen bees...

With Hillary Clinton favourite to win the US presidency, at which other points in history (if any) could it be argued that the most powerful person in the world was a woman?
posted by matthew.alexander on Sep 16, 2016 - 25 answers

Nana had a tetradrachm

What are these coins? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 15, 2016 - 8 answers

Understanding modern Russia

I'm looking for good books and documentaries on Russia. I took a course on this topic in college (starting with the fall of the Tsars, through the USSR, and finally into Putin's first presidency), and I found it fascinating—but this was a decade ago, and clearly things have changed. Recent events have inspired me to start reading in this area again; help me sort out the wheat from the chaff. [more inside]
posted by cellar door on Sep 14, 2016 - 8 answers

Binge watching history

I am looking to settle into a nice, weekly marathon tele night where I can binge on one or two episodes of a riveting historical drama series or mini series... [more inside]
posted by pinkacademic on Sep 9, 2016 - 19 answers

What was this old leave-a-message machine?

I remember reading in the past few years about an old machine that was like a paid bulletin board. You'd pay a nickel to leave a small (business card or smaller) sized message and people could check it. I think the article I read compared it to Twitter, and was illustrated with an old engraving. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Sep 7, 2016 - 3 answers

Helping Beginner English Language Learners learn World History

This year I will be co-teaching a class of English Language Learners world history (from roughly 15th century China through the Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, French Revolution, Imperialism, Industrial Revolution, 20th century etc.) The majority of our class will have some proficiency in English, but we recently learned that a small group will be beginner ELLs with almost no knowledge of English. How can we best help these newcomers learn English and acclimate them to their new home, teach them some world history, and also support the majority of our students with different needs? [more inside]
posted by callistus on Aug 31, 2016 - 2 answers

Help a nerd go back in time.

I'm fascinated by history, all kinds of history. I’d love nothing more than to wake up in a very convincing facsimile of another time—and I just found out about this. Can you help me find more? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Aug 23, 2016 - 10 answers

Where to send my grandfather's memoir?

I recently finished editing my grandfather's memoir and I'm wondering what institutions may be interested in a copy. He is a German Jew (b. Halberstadt) who left for San Francisco in 1934. Topics: his early childhood (family life, local businesses, Jewish life/education, shifts under Nazi regime), the voyage, a good deal about growing up in San Francisco in the 30s and 40s, some WWII Army engineer anecdotes of France/Belgium, Berkeley in the 50s, the technology industry, MIT in the 60s, and more. [more inside]
posted by waninggibbon on Aug 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me understand my great-grandfather's chart

And maybe give me some historical / religious context here into the mind of a premillennialist man of God. [more inside]
posted by komara on Aug 18, 2016 - 5 answers

What is this engimatic equipment buried in a stream bank?

You can view the equipment here. I took this photo of some old equipment embedded in the bank of Crane Creek in Crane, Missouri. I'm wondering if it might relate to the numerous tomato canning plants that operated there in the 1920s and 30s. It appears to be possibly a conveyor belt (?) They used those in the factories, I know.
posted by clockworkjoe on Aug 18, 2016 - 6 answers

Who is this street artist?

A bar called Albatross at Ocean Beach in Fire Island has street art preserved from 1982. It's vaguely recognizable, and it sounds like it was preserved because the guy who did it has made a name for himself in the graffiti world. I like it. I am having trouble figuring out who did it. Can you help? Here are some shots I took--couldn't get one of the whole thing.
posted by jenbo1 on Aug 16, 2016 - 4 answers

A book full of sex and drugs and rock and roll, but not about musicians?

I need book recommendations (or genres?) that I can find at my public library tomorrow. Not musician biographies. [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup on Aug 15, 2016 - 22 answers

Auto-methods and auto-meta-methods of successful people?

So Descartes got a lot of things right (and a lot of things wrong), but, arguably, he had vast impact on all science that came after him. He was successful. And, not a ton, but a little bit, he tries to explicitly communicate the method by which he got his results. So, not just the steps he took to get his results, but the method that generated the steps... [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Aug 13, 2016 - 6 answers

History of Armpit Hair on Women

Historically, how have ladies dealt with armpit hair? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Aug 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Seeking recommendations for intellectual history

I'd like references for books that describe the intellectual history of the past 200-odd years in the West, e.g. modernism, postmodernism, and whatever was before and after. [more inside]
posted by uninformative on Aug 8, 2016 - 6 answers

iOS app that has historical weather data

I have the best weather app, Dark Skies. I am looking for an app that will show me historical weather data by day, or something close to it. My ideal app would show me today, the record temps, and then just historical data for the date. E.g., the temp last year, the year before, in 1964, etc. I'm most interested in temperature data, but other stuff like precipitation would be great too. I feel like some enterprising soul must have made an app like this.
posted by OmieWise on Aug 3, 2016 - 3 answers

WTF Abe Lincoln Ephemera

I'm working on a hybrid genre writing piece that incorporates all the uncanny things I can find related to Abe Lincoln, especially his assassination and death. Inside I've listed things I am already working with or know of, which should give you some idea. It can really be from any point in Lincoln history, so long as it's kind of weird or gross. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 29, 2016 - 25 answers

Who has been voted for the most?

In the history of elections, who has personally received the most total votes over their lifetime? [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jul 27, 2016 - 17 answers

Timelines: The world is bigger than Europe!

What are your favorite non-eurocentric timelines of world history? Anything in the 2000 BCE - 1920s CE range is helpful, especially if the events listed are likely to be common knowledge for people in the USA (and, to a lesser extent, other English-speaking countries). [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jul 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Bookfilter - Moving < Transport < Logistics books

Hello Hive Mind - I'm looking for handbooks and histories on the topic of moving & transport. Can you please help me? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by kmt on Jul 18, 2016 - 1 answer

What are some good, accessible books on Roman history?

The Decline and Fall is obviously the first thing most people recommend, but I'm looking for something similarly comprehensive, but written more recently. Any recommendations?
posted by jtothes on Jul 18, 2016 - 15 answers

Books on Food and its relation to Colonialism/Imperialism

Are there any good books telling the story of imperialism/colonialism through food? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 13, 2016 - 17 answers

These whippersnappers and their velocipedes!

With all this outrage at Pokemon Go, I was trying to think of examples of past past times (or just new technology) that there was a degree of public outrage that seem a bit silly now. I found a few examples of hula hoops scares ("Chiropractors and osteopaths are noticing more business from the hoopster set"), I know there was a bit of hub-bub about the "new wireless radios", and I remember reading some something about an old thinker complaining about students wasting their time on chess. What are some other examples?
posted by beccaj on Jul 12, 2016 - 21 answers

No sillier than planning uprisings because of Jade Helm, anyway

I'm working on background research for a story, and I've come up with an odd question about American history in the South during the World War I years. It may be a dumb one. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Jul 5, 2016 - 11 answers

Seeking great subject-matter introductions for a voraciously curious kid

My ten-year old son wants to understand everything. He is a voracious reader and doesn't confine himself to kids books. He loves reading the newspaper (NYTimes, Boston Globe), fiction, and non-fiction books. He's old enough to really learn things by reading. Agatha Christie is fun, but he's ready for more than that. He's full of questions about society, politics, science, economics. I'd like to get him some books that will expand his mind, begin answering his questions, and show him how the world fits together. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jul 1, 2016 - 43 answers

I want to write a family history book but MS Word isn't cutting it...

I have 30 years of family history research, documentation, photos, interviews, notes - I also have a bunch of info between my ears that I never got around to writing down. Funds are tight right now, so paying someone to write a book for me isn't going to happen. I need recommendations (as in, you've done this) for software, open source is best, which will help me organize and publish my family history as an ebook, with the option to pay a publisher some day for hard copies.
posted by brownrd on Jun 20, 2016 - 23 answers

Do you live near a camp-meeting town?

I have an ongoing research project to document and map locations of camp meetings, which originate in 19th century religious revivals. I've mapped more than 50 (listed inside), including some famous ones like Oak Bluffs, MA, Bay View, MI, and Indian Springs, GA, and am now looking for others. I'm interested in three kinds of sites: current active camp-meetings that still operate as a religious camp or revival; "legacy" sites where the camp meeting evolved into a town or incorporated secular association; and defunct sites where a camp once was before being abandoned. Any and all links, vague memories, and coordinates welcome! [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 19, 2016 - 36 answers

Did anyone record opinions on codpieces?

So codpieces were... a thing. Are there any records of what people who couldn't flaunt them, particularly court ladies, thought about dudes walking around with them?
posted by colin_l on Jun 19, 2016 - 4 answers

Maybe if I'd lived in a better school district, I'd Ask Metafilter less.

When did public schools become "bad"? And did the quality actually change, or are statements about the inferiority of public education the racist shibboleths I've come to assume that they are? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 17, 2016 - 19 answers

Information about the history of poetry publishing

I would like to study the history of the business of poetry publishing. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 15, 2016 - 8 answers

Searching for the mysterious Lost Diary of Whatchamacallit

Sometime back, I believe on Metafilter, I saw a bit about a primitive diary. I believe it was from Central or South America, maybe Mexico. It was filled with odd ink sketches of people and things... very simply drawn. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jun 14, 2016 - 7 answers

What happened if you died abroad in the British Army in the 1890s?

Looking for details of the lead-up, journey, death, notification of family, etc., for British soldiers who served and died overseas in this very specific time period. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Jun 12, 2016 - 14 answers

A team of soldiers who stopped a war?

What large-scale conflicts of the past 50 years have ended as a result of a single, small-scale military operation? Any country, any government -- it just needs to be Vietnam era or later. Please give details and be as specific as possible for this military history n00b. Thanks!
posted by egeanin on Jun 11, 2016 - 18 answers

World history telecourse from the 1970s? Later on PBS...

I took a telecourse on world history at a community college in the 1980s and I think I'd like to take it again but I forgot the instructor/lecturer's name. [more inside]
posted by cda on Jun 9, 2016 - 3 answers

Can you recommend some history podcasts?

I'm looking for more good history podcasts to try. I'm most interested in pre-20th century. Any area of the world. Caveats: do not like Dan Carlin. Do very much like, but have already listened to, Mike Duncan's History of Rome and Revolutions. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jun 9, 2016 - 18 answers

The history of the world is but the biography of great men. - Carlyle

When my mother was a child, she had a book that was 100 short biographies of "great men of history". I am wondering if such a book exists for the modern age. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 6, 2016 - 8 answers

How would a British matron be verbally absuive to a gay man in 1860?

I would like to know the terms a venerable but extremely acerbic British lady (Think Dowager Countess but deliberately mean) in the 1860's would use to be verbally abusive to a gay man, starting with the mildest possible terms and escalating to full blown, hate crime levels of verbal vitriol. [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Jun 2, 2016 - 37 answers

What is the origin of the name of the James River?

No one seems to know when the tributary of the White River now called the James River (in Missouri) was named or who named it. Henry Schoolcraft traveled to the Ozarks in 1818-1819. In a View of the Lead Mines of Missouri (1819) he refers to it as the James River. In the 1820s, it was called the James Fork of the White in references in dealing with the relocated Delaware Reservation on that stream. [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on May 31, 2016 - 7 answers

Solo hiking trips near Phoenix

I enjoy hiking and just found out that I have a long weekend this week! Any recommendations for day hikes near north Phoenix? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on May 26, 2016 - 7 answers

A Macho, Macho....compassionate man?

For Reasons, I need examples of stereotypically "macho", successful, "strong" men throughout history (or modern!) who also exhibited and or/talked about having compassion for others. Bonus points if they engaged in documented "sensitive" behavior to their family or friends. [more inside]
posted by corb on May 25, 2016 - 26 answers

Where have all the bohemians gone, long time passing?

There used to be bohemians (not avant garde artists, not beats, not hippies). I'd know one if I saw one, but can't seem to bring their essential qualities into focus -- except for a distain for the bourgeoisie. Are they still around? What do we call them now? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on May 24, 2016 - 32 answers

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