What's it really like living in extreme poverty in the developed (western) world? I am writing a dystopian sort of post-mini-apocalyptic novel. The themes are investigating something else, but for a realistic setting, I would like to know real stories (anecdotes & journalistic) about living in a contemporary semi-urban environment where resources are scarce. Stories detailing daily life post-katrina, war-torn environments in Europe, experiences of low income people who can not easily access nutritious food, medicine, clothing, information/Internet/tv - anything a middle class person in Australia might take for granted and not even consider - for example (can't remember source) a diabetic without regular power will be at extreme risk, because of an inability to securely store insulin. What's it like living in an environment where the invading force are unpredictable? What freedoms do you lose, what work arounds do you pursue? How differently does the community act, faced with these problems - and in what ways does it bring them together, and in what ways does it divide them? (I wish to avoid fictional accounts).
posted by b33j
on Feb 4, 2014 -
I'm interested in tea and its history, especially its role in global trade and conflict. Are there any great nonfiction books that cover the subject without focusing exclusively on a certain time period or location? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo
on Jan 13, 2014 -
I like to give myself literary new year's resolution and since this year will be the 100th anniversary of The Great War I think it would be fitting to read some literature and history of/from that era. I've read Guns of August and All Quiet On The Western Front. What else should I read?
posted by brookeb
on Dec 30, 2013 -
My knowledge of the Vietnam War is not as complete as I would like it to be. My own internal representation of its 1960s period is fairly strong but it fades a little at the 1970s/Vietnamization phase of the war. So I'm posing the following questions: [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet
on Nov 9, 2013 -
Seeking recommendations on media--books (novels and nonfiction), movies, music, maybe even documentaries--on life in Berlin during the 1980s and 1990s. I'm especially interested in the punk scene and any other counter cultural groups through this time period. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust
on Oct 26, 2013 -
I was watching the excellent Ken Burns documentary about the Civil War last night, and found myself wondering how this particular conflict is taught in schools outside the US. If you were raised outside the United States and remember learning about the US Civil War in school, what do you remember? I would love to hear about your experience.
posted by juniperesque
on Oct 7, 2013 -
One day I googled "what is the most effective way to help the world" and found a link that told me to
"identify a cause with lots of leverage".
posted by defmute
on Oct 2, 2013 -
I am looking for definitive nonfiction accounts of the siege of Sarajevo. Preferably a history or a work of journalism, not a memoir or polemic--although a well-reported one might be OK. [more inside]
posted by elizeh
on Sep 24, 2013 -
I have a serious question about how war will be fought in this future age. Please explain how technology effects the business of military conflict. I'm very very interested if any news outlets or American Politicians are discussing this perspective currently. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jbenben
on Sep 5, 2013 -
Rommel said, "The battle is fought and decided by the quartermasters before the shooting begins." Can you direct me to any military historians who argue that many wars, including the Second World War, were won not by superior strategy, leadership, and fighting ability, but by overwhelmingly superior resources?
posted by markcmyers
on Jul 12, 2013 -
Japan and the Japanese public are often portrayed as being admirers of the culture of the United States. But within living memory the two countries were involved in a brutal
war, which culminated in conventional and nuclear bombings targeting Japan's citizenry and devastating their country
. In Japan's case, how did a societal contempt sufficient to wage and sustain total war turn, in such
a short time, into a societal affinity sufficient for some to embrace
many parts of the culture of the nation that had dealt them destruction on such a massive scale? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj
on Jul 1, 2013 -
Help me find this American Studies 101 textbook about the Vietnam War. The book covered the war from a social angle -- not a military history, per se, but a social look at the politics, the day-to-day experience for a soldier, how the war was perceived at home, how it went wrong, etc. It was a blue-covered paperback, and I believe the title was one word. I also recall the author being a woman. It was used as an American Studies 101 textbook in the late 80s, early 90s.
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on Jun 3, 2013 -
In a nutshell; how much does the USA owe for "debt incurred in past wars", are there easy to understand figures for which wars specifically, and who does it owe it to? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Apr 6, 2013 -
Posting for a friend, who says: "While cleaning up their old barn in Esnom-au-Val, France, my relatives discovered some writings left on the wall by American GIs in the First World War...."
She has their signatures, but does not know what happened next. Please help her track down their fates. Did they make it home? How can she find their survivors (if any) and reconnect them with these signatures? Can you suggest any resources or search strategies? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes
on Apr 3, 2013 -
Watched a TV show yesterday about the Korean war. After watching my interest in the Korean war raised, I realised how little I actually knew. I'm keen to find further details about this conflict. Can anyone recommend any books about the conflict??, or any websites that are notable (I've read the Wiki page, but want to know more)
posted by maxmix
on Mar 18, 2013 -
I'm working on a historical graphic novel and a portion of it involves four sentences in German. I've made an effort to hammer something out by testing Google Translate's gibberish against some German language textbooks and grammar sites. I'm sorta confident about them, but would love for any bilingual native German speakers to give them a once over. Particularly, if you have any insights into generational differences in the German language, as this piece is supposed to take place during WWII.
Posting them after the jump. [more inside]
posted by ProfLinusPauling
on Feb 27, 2013 -
Is there any way to estimate the number of people currently living who have experienced ongoing war on their own home soil? I'm thinking of people living in Gaza now or London during World War II, civilians directly affected by ongoing bombing and military conflict, rather than soldiers or one-time terrorist-attack survivors. (I realize it may not be possible to separate that out.)
posted by jaguar
on Feb 17, 2013 -
Recently I watched Fetih 1453
and enjoyed it. I want to know a list of similar epic siege war movies. I saw troy and Kingdom of Heaven.
posted by Ahmed_Nabil
on Feb 9, 2013 -
I'd like some recommendations for high quality movies, books, memoirs, tv shows, etc that cover the First World War (1914 to 1918) and the immediate years before and after. [more inside]
posted by h00py
on Nov 25, 2012 -
I just finished watching The First World War
and now I want more! Can you recommend your favourite documentaries on History, particularly conflicts/war? I prefer a geopolitical focus (as in maps of the territories, graphic representations of strategies, what countries unied, what empires were divided in to what, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba
on Sep 23, 2012 -
What sort of cameras and gear do embedded journalists and war photographers use these days? Which cameras can handle the abuse required? How do they deal with problems like power, memory, and multiple lenses? Any information would be greatly appreciated; thanks, MeFi!
posted by reductiondesign
on Sep 7, 2012 -
I need help with a book suggestion! All my particulars found within, within, within.. [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Sep 3, 2012 -
I'm looking for a Russian translation - public domain, or otherwise - of Sun Tzu's "Art of War". Thanks for help, in advance.
posted by Vibrissae
on Aug 29, 2012 -
I've just been lent an XBox 360 discovered that I'm utterly, embarrassingly dreadful at First (or Third) Person Shooters. What I have enjoyed beyond all expectations though is Petroglyph's splendid Panzer General: Allied Assault
(I'm a big time tabletop and card gamer and own the physical game too). So, lovely hivemind, can you suggest any excellent card/war/strategy games for an XBox I might enjoy just as much? Thanks!
posted by timpollard
on Jul 19, 2012 -
Where should I start in the Total War series? I am enjoying Civilization V but I'd like to jump into the Total War series and I see there are quite a few versions and updates and I don't know where would be a good place to begin.
posted by zzazazz
on Jul 2, 2012 -
I am interested in seeing some comparative data on the civilian casualties of warfare, particularly in the 20th and 21st centuries. Are there any great analyses of this topic, perhaps on DVD, YouTube, or illustrated in books with graphs? (I have a hard time envisioning the magnitude of these things when they are presented only as bald numbers.) I started thinking about this topic after watching The Fog of War
, which is a documentary about Robert McNamara
. He presented some amazing comparative information about World War II and the Cold War. I would love to acquire a similar critical context for other conflicts, including the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
posted by mortaddams
on May 22, 2012 -
I'm looking for quantitative studies or other accounts of how often, and in what ways, soldiers in dangerous wartime situations discuss the possibility of death. [more inside]
posted by inkfish
on May 11, 2012 -
My SO went through trauma. They are starting to open up a bit and I don't know what to do, or even if I should do anything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 17, 2012 -
Torture by the CIA, specifically experimental/psychological torture, between about 1955 and 1985: how much more would CIA-funded lab psychologist Donald Hebb
have known about specific real-world practices/pervasiveness than the general public could know? Articles or books where I can research this (especially anything he wrote himself)?
posted by kalapierson
on Feb 2, 2012 -
Another lost children's book question. Candy armies converging from all parts of the (world? map?) to fight each other, I think. [more inside]
posted by vrakatar
on Jan 28, 2012 -
What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by jeremias
on Jan 16, 2012 -
I'm curious about military communication methods from before radio - how armies coordinated maneuvers and formations without it. I'm also curious which preradio communications methods would most be of use to modern protesters in urban settings should they be unable to use modern wireless devices. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak
on Jan 4, 2012 -
Help me find the primary source for Tommy Franks' assertion that the press represented the "fourth front" in the Iraq war. [more inside]
posted by compartment
on Jan 4, 2012 -
I am unable to remember a Bosnian War (I think) film I saw randomly on cable about 5 years ago. American male lead. Spoilers within. [more inside]
posted by Punctual
on Nov 27, 2011 -
What movie about the (US) Revolutionary War did I see in the mid-to-late 70s? [more inside]
posted by rhizome
on Nov 5, 2011 -
Syllabus prep: Looking for pop culture artifacts (both U.S. and transpacific) centered around the nuclear bomb that *aren't* science fictional in nature. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog
on Oct 30, 2011 -