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Who were these masked kids?

Can you provide context for a gas masked army of children? [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Jun 29, 2007 - 16 answers

Books on the 19th century South African diamond industry

What are the best books about the South African diamond industry during the mid-to-late 19th century? [more inside]
posted by stammer on Jun 27, 2007 - 4 answers

History, Anthropology, and Fiction

I'm looking for any historical or anthropological studies of fiction. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint on Jun 21, 2007 - 14 answers

History blogs?

Favorite blogs about history? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Jun 21, 2007 - 8 answers

is there a documented case of a human civilization or culture that had/has no form of music ?

is there a documented case of a human civilization or culture that has/had no form of music ? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Jun 19, 2007 - 18 answers

I'm looking for books or articles in English on the Etrurian city of Luna.

I'm looking for books or articles in English on the city of Luna, founded in Italy in 177 BC and destroyed in AD 1016. Specifically I'm trying to find information on the AD 859 sack of Pisa and Luna by viking raiders under the command of Hastein (or Hásteinn), but additional information on the city would be good too.
posted by Kattullus on Jun 10, 2007 - 6 answers

Who came up with such a silly-looking cap?

Where the the design for the cycling cap originate? [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Jun 9, 2007 - 8 answers

1917 Train Wreck In Akron Colorado

I would like to find some information about a train wreck that happened in or near Akron, Colorado on July 17th, 1917. Does anyone know how I can discover any additional details online? [more inside]
posted by rglasmann on Jun 1, 2007 - 6 answers

I need thoughtful Chicago insights!

I'm from Chicagoland. Me and my Canadian gal are soon moving from Toronto to the City of Big Shoulders so she can go to grad school there, and she's been asking me all kinds of questions about the character of the city. Though I consider myself a Chicagoan, I am embarrassingly tongue-tied. Please give me your insights on the character and atmosphere of the jewel of the Midwest! [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau on May 27, 2007 - 23 answers

Life during the rise of Hitler?

Life in Germany between 1929-1933? [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 25, 2007 - 22 answers

A burning bacon question.

So, bacon. Did it used to be a wholly different foodstuff? I often run across descriptions of bacon as a wartime staple in the 19th and early 20th century--i.e. before refrigeration--wherein it would appear that the bacon was shelf/wagon-stable for months on end. With the bacon we get today (at least in America) refrigeration is absolutely necessary, and once the seal is broken, you have about a week of usability. So what's the deal with old-school bacon? Did the bacon change, or did the people? I must know.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on May 23, 2007 - 37 answers

Educational Wall Chart

Can you help me find a great educational wall chart to put on our living room wall? [more inside]
posted by davar on May 23, 2007 - 29 answers

Why did George Romney lose in 1968?

Why did George Romney get outed from the 1968 presidential race? [more inside]
posted by freddymungo on May 21, 2007 - 7 answers

Book recommendations about the history of Chicago activism?

ChicagoActivismFilter: I need a book that details the history of political activism in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross on May 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Were in London would I be able to see a bearskin-wearing wearing foodguard of the Household Cavalry?

Where in London would I be able to see—and get a decent photograph of—a bearskin wearing footguard of the Household Cavalry? [more inside]
posted by barbelith on May 14, 2007 - 8 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

What was the boat journey to Paris like way back when?

What was the boat journey up the Rhone (and the Saone and down the Seine) to Paris like in the old days, before the internal combustion engine and the damming of the river? Where were the portages? How long did it take? Any resources greatly appreciated, from memoirs to histories to (well researched) novels, online or off.
posted by languagehat on May 8, 2007 - 6 answers

Travelling in Central Asia

Central Asia trip late May - early June. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on May 7, 2007 - 5 answers

How much (was) that doggy in the window?

How do I find out the value of a dollar in a given year? [more inside]
posted by serazin on May 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Reinventing My Cortex

DesignFilter. Help me poke and prod my nondesigner's mind to consider new ways to present that hackneyed standby of the elementary school social studies textbook, the timeline. Too much information inside. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on May 2, 2007 - 12 answers

Books on Russian/French history in the 1800s?

I'm looking for some books on European history during the 1800s. I'm specifically interested in Russia from the Decemberists to the 1917 revolution, and the French student revolution of 1848. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Apr 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Love, Regency Style

What was Anne Elliot's dowry? What if Sir Walter couldn't pay? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet on Apr 25, 2007 - 6 answers

Rat poison-mercury-vapor-radioactive-lead dust factory?

What is the best, least expensive way to research the industrial history of a factory building in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, NY? [more inside]
posted by R. Mutt on Apr 25, 2007 - 7 answers

Thinking of buying a Razor Phone

How far back does the call log go on a Razor Phone? I need it to go back at least a month.
posted by ok on Apr 25, 2007 - 12 answers

When did directors become more important than playwrights?

When did directors of plays and operas start the practice of overtly imposing their own visual interpretation of the play at the expense of the stage direction of the author? These days if you go to see a Shakespeare play, it's even odds that it's set in modern times, or the early 20th century, or what have you. Were there 19th century (or earlier!) productions of Shakespeare that set his plays in what were then "modern times"? At what point did staging old plays become just as much about the director's vision as the playwright's?
posted by dfan on Apr 20, 2007 - 17 answers

Why is there no more milk delivery in the US?

Why is there no more milk delivery in the US? It used to be common, now it's extremely rare. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Apr 16, 2007 - 23 answers

Testing my students' Cultural Literacy

Help me devise a quiz testing my students (college fresh-people) on fundamental knowledge of current events, history, and culture. [more inside]
posted by papakwanz on Apr 13, 2007 - 34 answers

What are the best recent articles on immigration?

Help me find illuminating, educating, eye-opening articles on immigration for a class I'm teaching at the Kennedy School of Government. [more inside]
posted by josh on Apr 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Make me immortal!

Say I want to make my name ring out through the ages. What is the best way, for a few grand or so, to make sure that I am remembered for as long as possible? Going for great achievements seems ambitious and too much work, and I am not interested in being known for great crimes. I am thinking more along the lines of the old statues-in-the-desert angle. Any ideas?
posted by blahblahblah on Apr 9, 2007 - 65 answers

Job for after grad school?

Looking for advice on a career change: History PhD program to ? [more inside]
posted by amber_dale on Apr 6, 2007 - 14 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

Non-crash course in art photography?

What are the best online (or offline) 'textbooks' for learning about the history of fine arts photography? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Apr 3, 2007 - 8 answers

Renaissance thesis?

HistoryFilter: Help me think of an interesting and researchable thesis for a Renaissance History course. [more inside]
posted by jckll on Apr 3, 2007 - 11 answers

Help a political newbie better understand US history

What books should I read to get a crash course in US political history? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Apr 2, 2007 - 26 answers

Tasty Tours

Have you ever taken a culinary walking tour? Might you be willing to share highlights and details? I'm planning to develop some tasting tours for my city and would appreciate hearing about your own food tour experiences. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Apr 2, 2007 - 5 answers

U of Toronto vs McGill

GradSchoolFilter: Help me choose between U of Toronto and McGill. [more inside]
posted by boubelium on Mar 30, 2007 - 13 answers

Maritime / Pirate History sites?

What are the best maritime / pirate history sites on the east coast and within a 6 hour drive of the DC area? [more inside]
posted by COD on Mar 27, 2007 - 11 answers

Has Toynbee ever said this?

On the back cover of my copy of Gates of Fire it says something like (quoting on the top of my head here) "Toynbee said that 'what ifs' are generally irrelevant in history, except for one - what if the Persians had conquered Greece? Then what we regard as western civilization would not exist". Has Toynbee ever said such a thing? Where?
posted by falameufilho on Mar 21, 2007 - 1 answer

Who said "mistakes were made?"

What is the origin of the phrase "mistakes were made" - who said it, and in reference to what? [more inside]
posted by etoile on Mar 13, 2007 - 14 answers

Corporate history?

ResearchFilter Part 2: Some weeks ago, I asked about theories of collaboration and received some excellent research suggestions. Now, I'm reworking my thesis proposal and would like to include some details about the history of corporation. Not critiques the modern corporate entity, but an overview of the origins of incorporation, bureaucracy, etc. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Mar 9, 2007 - 4 answers

The meaning of GOC

What is a GOC? [more inside]
posted by rabbitsnake on Mar 5, 2007 - 4 answers

What did my computer do on 1/31/06?

Does OSX (10.4.8) keep a record of the CDs I burn? I recently applied to a competition by sending a CD of three jpegs. I know which date I burned the CD, but I can't remember which jpegs I applied with. Is there a record of this information anywhere on my computer?
posted by xo on Mar 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Most famous typo

What is the most famous typo in history? (And I don't mean malapropisms like "misunderestimated" or Kerry's botched joke.) [more inside]
posted by Plutor on Feb 27, 2007 - 83 answers

Looking for the answer to a historical puzzle.

Who is Allen Dale and where is Dales? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian on Feb 26, 2007 - 13 answers

I must organise my past!

Help me organize my family history info on my mac [more inside]
posted by ndaguiar on Feb 21, 2007 - 8 answers

St. Patrick's Day is coming up. Can you recommend books for getting into the mood and for appreciating Irish heritage and culture?

St. Patrick's Day is coming up. Can you recommend books for getting into the mood and for appreciating Irish heritage and culture? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Feb 21, 2007 - 30 answers

Blessed are the peacemakers?

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

a news site with historical data linkouts?

I find that I don't read enough news. When I look at the headlines I am lost about the history of the situation. Does anyone know of a news site that has the news with good historical link-outs to give me a broader understanding of the situation?
posted by lukeomalley on Feb 13, 2007 - 18 answers

Please suggest a good Lincoln biography

Can you suggest a good biography on Abraham Lincoln and /or a history of the Civil War? [more inside]
posted by BluGnu on Feb 12, 2007 - 17 answers

Examples of Adaptation of Farming to Extreme Climates

I'm looking for historical accounts and analysis of the adaptation of farming to extreme climates. A few weeks ago I spent a relaxed Sunday afternoon learning about early settlement, farming, and society in Iceland. Fascinating stuff! I now have the opportunity to research the adaptation/failure of farming in extreme climates for a term paper. [more inside]
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... on Feb 11, 2007 - 10 answers

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