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Need help sourcing a quote

I could have sworn I read Ta-Nehisi Coates write somewhere on the internet something along the lines of - "The North didn't win the Civil War, America did." The thinking behind this was that the war shouldn't be framed as "North vs. South" - but rather, "America vs. the CSA" or "America vs. some traitors." Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on May 23, 2014 - 5 answers

The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air

What are some subtle or lesser-known examples of current-day real-world USA being a dystopia? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 5, 2014 - 52 answers

Books on the period between WW1 and WW2?

I'm new to history as a field of study, and I chose World War 1 as a place to start. Having finished reading several books on the topic, I'm ready to move past World War 1 for now. My first instinct was to dive into the seemingly infinite pool of literature that is World War 2, but I'm not sure if I'd be doing the 20th century justice by skipping the intervening years. Essentially, I'm looking for a book that covers the period between the World Wars. Ideally, this book would focus on Europe but touch on at least some of the rest of the world. Bonus points if this book is available as an audiobook.
posted by jqb603 on Apr 28, 2014 - 8 answers

History of penalties for distributing maps?

I've heard stories from time to time about stiff penalties for distributing maps of cities, because in times of war, the enemy could use them as intelligence. Obviously, not contemporary stories, now that most everything is mapped a million different ways. I've heard it was true for Japan in WW2, but don't know. [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher on Mar 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Examples of neighboring countries' involvement in domestic conflicts

I'm looking for historical cases in which a neighboring country has intervened militarily in a domestic conflict to support one side, ostensibly at its invitation. [more inside]
posted by hat_eater on Mar 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Any great nonfiction books on the history of tea and its global trade?

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 - 11 answers

Questions about the 1970s phase of the Vietnam War

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 - 5 answers

Beyond the Berlin Trilogy

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 - 12 answers

How is the US Civil War taught in schools not in the USA?

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 - 46 answers

Good books about the Congolese War?

Can anyone recommend some decent general histories of the Congo War (1996-2003) and its related conflicts? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Aug 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Once again I require awesome history books plz

I need to stop reading wikipedia at work, so please give me books instead [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Can you recommend documentaries that explain world conflicts?

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 - 6 answers

I need a history book!

I need help with a book suggestion! All my particulars found within, within, within.. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Sep 3, 2012 - 3 answers

How do soldiers in wartime talk about death?

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 - 1 answer

What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century?

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 - 5 answers

Phùng Thị Chính?

Librarians / reference experts: I'm seeking any information in English about Phùng Thị Chính (other than the stub on Wikipedia).
posted by kalapierson on Oct 15, 2011 - 2 answers

What book took you into the battle at Gettysburg?

148 years ago today, 37 yr old Union Gen John Buford took the 1st calvary division into Gettysburg, got the lay of the land fast, grabbed the high ground, setting the stage for Union victory after the next three horrific days of battle. What books and/or websites have you read which have given you a better understanding of this battle and the people who fought it? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Jun 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Navel History

My Mom and Dad served in the US Navy during WWII. What's the best way(s) to find their service records (and any other info/accounts on their service)? [more inside]
posted by jabo on Jun 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Why are scimitars curved?

Why are scimitars curved? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Mar 31, 2011 - 20 answers

How to fix my inappropriate semi-infatuation with a historical figure?

How to fix my inappropriate semi-infatuation with a historical figure? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Feb 25, 2011 - 23 answers

Interesting War Museums or Memorials?

A friend's 16 year old son has picked up an interest in history, particularly war memorials. She'd like to take him on a trip over spring break to encourage him but is lacking choices other than Civil War sites in VA/MD and the Pearl Harbor Memorial, both of which they've visited before. Places in the United States are preferable but she'd consider other English-speaking countries (she doesn't want to hire a tour guide). Where can they go to get a real sense of history and blow this teenager's mind?
posted by nuala on Feb 7, 2011 - 51 answers

What Are Some Great Movies About War?

We're watching Gettysburg, which is a great education in the Civil War for our 15-year-old son. What are other great movies about battles and war?
posted by musofire on Oct 6, 2010 - 48 answers

Treatment of British POWs during the Crimean War?

History filter: can you point me to sources on the treatment of British POWs during the Crimean War? [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Sep 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Narrative histories of war

I enjoyed Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy on WWII (so far) and Shelby Foote's Civil War: A Narrative. What are similar narrative retellings for other wars? I'm particularly interested in something like this for the Napoleonic wars.
posted by event on Aug 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Good book about the Chechen war?

Are there any good books about the Chechen war that also give some historical background on Russian relations with the Caucasus? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Apr 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Scholarly military history introduction/books/journals

Military history looks like a field where jokers abound. All sorts of people make various claims, and it seems that many of them don't know what they're talking about. How do I, a layperson, get the tools to evaluate claims about military history? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Jan 31, 2010 - 19 answers

Who were the highest ranking Jewish officers in the World War II militaries?

Who were the highest ranking Jewish officers in the World War II militaries? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Oct 21, 2009 - 20 answers

One-volume book about WWI

Suggestions for a very good one-volume book about World War I. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Oct 19, 2009 - 19 answers

Help a 13 y/o get to know the Amercian soldier.

What resources (films, books, websites) can I share with my 13 y/o daughter who has expressed a recent keen admiration and care for the American soldier from the Vietnam War era to the present? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Sep 3, 2009 - 22 answers

Interviews, Research & Archiving, oh my!

I'm preparing for a massive personal archiving/interviewing trip with my grandparents and need advice regarding many aspects of the project. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Aug 18, 2009 - 8 answers

After the devastation

How long did it take for radiation to fall to safe levels in Hiroshima after August 1945? [more inside]
posted by yclipse on Jul 27, 2009 - 16 answers

WWI, what happened?

What was WWI about anyway? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Jul 24, 2009 - 54 answers

Sources about atrocities in the Southwest?

What are the best nonfiction sources about the atrocities surrounding the Mexican-American War and related Native American wars? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jun 29, 2009 - 12 answers

best scholarly books about the Korean War

Names of a few of the best scholarly histories of the Korean War [more inside]
posted by Postroad on May 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Best stories about Valley Forge

I am looking for the best, most powerful, most engaging stuff on the internets about the Valley Forge encampment. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Nov 7, 2008 - 2 answers

Follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

In short, What are the best books (especially books), movies or other media about Vietnam that you know of? (Including the French War.) [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Sep 22, 2008 - 33 answers

I watch my war on television

When did our leaders stop going to war? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies on Apr 26, 2008 - 23 answers

How do you measure progress in war?

What are some objective criteria/metrics by which to measure progress towards success or failure in a war or other extended conflict? [more inside]
posted by EatenByAGrue on Jan 13, 2008 - 18 answers

Natural disasters colliding with man-made disasters?

I'm looking for an instance of a large-scale man made disaster (such as a war) that collided with a large-scale natural disaster (such as a hurricane) in the same territory. Any nation, any era ... as long as it's fact. Thank you for any help you can offer. :-) [more inside]
posted by coizero on Dec 31, 2007 - 31 answers

How did Civil War soldiers reload and fire the .58 Springfield?

How was the Civil War .58 Springfield rifle reloaded? I understand that it was a percussion-cap rifle rather than a flintlock, and that it fired a muzzle-loaded minie ball. But what was the reloading process? What did the ammunition look like? There was no metal cartridge involved? How long did it take to reload and fire one of those things? Thanks, from a firearms n00b!
posted by jackypaper on Oct 22, 2007 - 8 answers

Where can I find historic newspaper circulation data?

Where do I find data about 1940s newspaper circulation? I want to see what was going on with newspaper readership in the 1940s, before, during and after WWII. I think that newspaper readership went up during the war and am trying to find data to prove it! I'm looking for 1940s circulation statistics for some of the big newspapers (NY times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune & Christian Science Monitor). I am finding very little reliable information. Is there a reference librarian in the house who could point me towards a reference book or source?
posted by pluckysparrow on Sep 6, 2007 - 4 answers

War can be fun!

How American is the phenomenon of historical re-enacting? [more inside]
posted by Miko on May 11, 2007 - 22 answers

Book recommendations about the Cold War

I'm interested in reading about the Cold War, specifically, about Stalin and the Soviet side of things during the early phases of the war. Other topics are fine though. Any book recommendations you have will be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by meta87 on Apr 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Blessed are the peacemakers?

Has religion ever helped to end a war? [more inside]
posted by brevity on Feb 21, 2007 - 22 answers

Yes, but how many *seconds* to midnight?

So how close exactly were we to nuclear war? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Dec 9, 2006 - 17 answers

World War Averted?

Historyfilter: What are the times in history when a major war seemed inevitable, but didn't happen? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Jul 27, 2006 - 29 answers

What are some good books about Japan's role in WWII?

What are some of the most important books about Japan's role in World War II? Read on... [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems on Dec 17, 2005 - 14 answers

Democracy kneels for US

Searching for an ant-war cartoon from WW1 or WW2. Features "Democracy" kneeling in front of Uncle Sam, pleading that he stay out of the war for her sake.
posted by The White Hat on Nov 5, 2005 - 5 answers

No Fort Sumter?

What would Lincoln have done if the south had not fired on Fort Sumter? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Sep 28, 2005 - 12 answers

Guns for US Soldiers in WWI

What sort of guns (by model) were issued to United States soldiers in the first world war? Smaller guns in particular.
posted by dagnyscott on Apr 26, 2005 - 10 answers

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