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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

Why do some (mostly older European?) doors have the knob in the center?

Why do some (mostly older European?) doors have the knob in the center? Was there some technology reason? security reason? Design carry-over from the door latch design before knobs?
posted by jbelkin on Jan 29, 2007 - 6 answers

What country has the oldest unchanged borders, and how old are they?

What country has the oldest unchanged borders, and how old are they? [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian on Jan 29, 2007 - 23 answers

Life in New Orleans in 1925

Where is good source of information about everyday life in New Orleans during the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by thivaia on Jan 25, 2007 - 5 answers

I do not see why we should have the disadvantages of being the gentleman while they have all the advantages of being the cad.

This spring I'll be teaching a workshop on memos that changed the world. Help me think of some. [more inside]
posted by josh on Jan 24, 2007 - 35 answers

history of e-learning tools

Do you know resources illustrating the history of e-learning ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm on Jan 21, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me find evidence concerning the deadliness of splinters

I just watched the Mythbusters pirate special, and I'm looking for historical evidence to argue with the cannonball/splinter conclusion. (don't click through if you don't want spoilers) [more inside]
posted by ubernostrum on Jan 17, 2007 - 22 answers

Background check: am I doomed?

Did I permanently screw up my work history? Last summer I worked a string of three dead-end jobs, none of which lasted more than two weeks. One was a contractor position; the other two were regular jobs that withdrew taxes and social security on a regular basis. I was broke, desperate, and depressed at the time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2007 - 10 answers

Should I finish my second major?

I'm currently a senior undergrad planning on graduating in May. My majors are biology and history, but I'll be working in finance after graduation with a large firm in NYC (and I already have a job lined up). After meeting with an advisor this week, I realized that the "perspective classes" (classes outside my majors that are required for graduation) I had taken to complete the requirements for my bachelors of science in biology are different from those required for my bachelors of arts in history. [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Jan 11, 2007 - 17 answers

Royal Rebellion?

Historically, has there been a member of Royal blood that, for either philosophical, political or religious reasons eschewed the royal lifestyle and struck out on their own? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Jan 10, 2007 - 37 answers

Writing Nonfiction and Children's Literature: Do you know of any good literature ABOUT these subjects?

I am looking for well regarded books/scholarly papers about writing. Most specifically in the areas of Nonfiction (the essay style of article writing) and Children's Fiction (for a young adult audience). Any tips? Go as far and broad as you can. I'll be off to the British library tomorrow, so the sky is the limit. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 9, 2007 - 6 answers

Was is always this bad?

Looking for old economic articles... [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Jan 9, 2007 - 7 answers

Reading material on English language origins

I want to learn more about the origins of the English language and about the roots of English words. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Jan 1, 2007 - 25 answers

What is a good history of the Israel/Palestine conflict

I would like a definitive view of the Israel/Palestine conflict that doesn't take sides (even most of the factual histories I've read omit some facts to give a certain slant to one side or the other). This could come in the form of a book, website, documentay, torrent, .pdf, podcast, or miscellaneous other media forms I haven't thought of. [more inside]
posted by elr on Dec 28, 2006 - 22 answers

Fixing a water-logged cassette tape

I have an audio cassette tape which has been waterlogged and soaked in dirt for over 10 years. What are my options for respooling/fixing the tape with its contents intact? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 26, 2006 - 12 answers

Where can I find history content on iTunes?

Interesting history lectures on iTunes? [more inside]
posted by charlesv on Dec 23, 2006 - 9 answers

Any bicycle historians in the house?

Going by the style of clothing, the age of the man, and the make/model of the bicycle can you help me date a picture? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 19, 2006 - 28 answers

Russian History in Book Form: A Quest for a Gift

Can you help me find a book which traverses Russian history from, well, as far back as possible up to the Russian Revolution of 1917? [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp on Dec 17, 2006 - 10 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

Are vols 1 and 2 of S.R. Gardiner's "History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate" available online?

Seventeenth-century history-Filter: where can I find a copy of the first and second volumes of S.R. Gardiner's History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate online? [more inside]
posted by greycap on Dec 9, 2006 - 4 answers

Who are the artists/title of these 3 19th century paintings?

Three 19th century art works that I'm having trouble finding the Artist Name and Title for each. The large one is Renoir (actual signature), but I can not find the title of the work. The other two I have no idea. (large picture scan of all 3, small file size)
posted by Ateo Fiel on Dec 2, 2006 - 9 answers

God save history/God save your mad parade

I am a college sophomore who will be applying to graduate school in history from a somewhat mediocre university, and I need help with a course of action to follow in order to improve my chances of getting accepted. Much [more inside]
posted by nasreddin on Dec 1, 2006 - 20 answers

I need a picture of a Danish medical practitioner taken between 1865 and 1875

Please help me find a picture of any Danish medical practitioner taken sometime between 1865 and 1875. This is kind of a long shot, I know.
posted by sveskemus on Nov 30, 2006 - 3 answers

Has there ever been a way that hasn't had religion at its heart?

Has there ever been a war that hasn't had religion or religious persecution at its heart? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Nov 25, 2006 - 35 answers

The Wright Brothers' family dynamics

Does anyone know any details about the Wright Brothers' actual brotherly relationship? I'm looking for books, anecdotes, articles, or documentaries you've read/seen that actually address this aspect of the great American story, their personalities, family dynamics, etc. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Nov 22, 2006 - 5 answers

History, re- re- revised?

I just heard an NPR story about how history books have changed to reflect the books' editorial biases. For instance, the author cites aged history books changing explanation of the reason for the Mexican-American war. Have any of you MeFites done any (formal or informal) research into this phenomenon? How can I learn more?
posted by parilous on Nov 21, 2006 - 15 answers

History being used to justify present events

What are some ways that history or myths have been used to justify events happening in the present (or in the recent past)?
posted by friendlyfire on Nov 20, 2006 - 15 answers

Help me remember the name of a historical book about Jesus.

I'm looking for a book I read back in 1999/2000 about Jesus. [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Nov 17, 2006 - 5 answers

Where can I find books about historical events?

Where can I find some fairly easy-to-read, factual books about historical events? Amazon is overwhelming and Google is unhelpful [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Nov 16, 2006 - 22 answers

Help me find software or books for a military strategy education.

I'd like to do some interactive military strategy and tactics exploration similar to the exposition Liddell Hart or Clausewitz did. Software would be preferred, but of course i'd love to hear book recommendations. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by arimathea on Nov 13, 2006 - 6 answers

Historical photo references?

Can anyone recommend any good online resources containing reference images, specifically fashion, throughout various historical decades/eras? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Nov 11, 2006 - 6 answers

What things would we not have today had we lost World War 1 or 2?

What things would we not have today had we lost World War 1 or 2? [more inside]
posted by ndaguiar on Nov 9, 2006 - 40 answers

Will closing a gasoline credit card significantly impact my credit history?

I've been doing some general simplification of my finances, and realized that its more worthwhile for me to use a credit card which gives me cash back to purchase gas (and other daily expenses). The thing is, I've had a brand-specific gas card for six years now, just to charge monthly gas fill-ups and then pay the balance each month. If I close this credit line is there a strong chance that it will impact my credit negatively? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Nov 6, 2006 - 9 answers

Displaying historical information on wiki maps?

Help a History Professor: How do I create a local history and geography website with wiki functionality? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Nov 5, 2006 - 8 answers

Alexander, could you pass the ribs?

If you could invite *anyone* from all of history to your house for dinner, who would you invite, and why? Further details, and reasons why this isn't chatfilter: [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Nov 3, 2006 - 69 answers

American Popular culture from the early 20th century?

I'm looking for sites related to American popular culture from the early 20th century: books, films, radio, magazines, music, dance, comic strips, celebrities — you name it. I'm particularly interested on the period between the wars, but open to great stuff from before (and during) World War I, as well. Little Nemo, Keystone Kops, the Lindy Hop, Enrico Caruso, Fatty Arbuckle, Al Jolson, Clara Bow, Flash Gordon, Alice blue, Teddy bears, etc. These are all the sorts of things I'm after, especially as they're represented on the web. Bonus points for sites with RSS feeds. [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Nov 3, 2006 - 10 answers

History geek activities and tours in San Francisco?

I'm seeking your brilliant ideas for cool behind-the-scenes history/military/engineering tours in the San Francisco Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Nov 2, 2006 - 19 answers

Why has democracy had so many problems in developing countries?

Why has democracy, at least our version of it in the west, proven so difficult a system of government to maintain in the third/developping world? [more inside]
posted by dflemingdotorg on Oct 27, 2006 - 35 answers

The Flâneur exposed

'The Flâneur': What fascinating titbits can you add to my knowledge about this concept? Art, history, philosophy and literary theory links all welcome. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 25, 2006 - 22 answers

Fleur-de-lis branding

Why would criminals have been branded 'Fleurdeliser': Hollyband 1593: Fleurdeliser, to burne one with an hot floure-de luce betweene the shoulders, when the Fleur-de-lis was employed by the French monarchy as a symbol of faith, wisdom and chivalry?
posted by tellurian on Oct 19, 2006 - 6 answers

How did people get around in 1800?

What was the predominant means of transportation for the common american man in 1800? [more inside]
posted by davidvan on Oct 18, 2006 - 20 answers

Books on feudal politics?

I'm looking for book recommendations on feudal politics in Europe, something which gives a vivid but accurate depiction of what politics was like before the rise of strong national governments: the importance of personal loyalties, hostage-taking, assassination, mercenaries. [more inside]
posted by russilwvong on Oct 12, 2006 - 11 answers

What's the best book about everyday life during the American Revolution?

What is the best book about everyday life during the American Revolution? Books focusing on the lives of women would be especially helpful. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish on Oct 11, 2006 - 10 answers

Who invented love?

What's the real origin of the concept of romantic love? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Oct 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Help me learn about New York.

I am interested in learning more about the history of New York City. [more inside]
posted by miskatonic on Oct 10, 2006 - 29 answers

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