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radical books wanted

I'm looking for book suggestions for a radical reading group. [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Jan 29, 2008 - 24 answers


I'm looking for interesting topics that incorporate the fields of Spanish and Linguistics [more inside]
posted by chara on Jan 28, 2008 - 11 answers

Predecessor/Teacher of Archimedes?

Greek history: one of Archimedes' predecessors? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp on Jan 26, 2008 - 4 answers

Shock and awe and so many footnotes

EconomicPolicyFilter: I'm reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. It's making me angry, but I don't know whether it's making me justifiably angry. Is she right? Or is she terribly biased and distorting the facts? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jan 25, 2008 - 17 answers

Your job, our business

Has anyone ever been fired for choosing Microsoft? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Jan 25, 2008 - 10 answers

I need to find my Adult Historical Graphic Novel Biography thing

When I was a kid (about 9-10 years ago), I came across what I can only describe as an Adult Historical Biographical Graphic Novel. I read it that one day and never found it again. More info in Explanation. [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey on Jan 24, 2008 - 3 answers

Info about Berne Switzerland circa 1900?

I'm researching Berne, Switzerland, from approximately 1900 (although I could go as far back as 1880-90) to the First World War. I know that because of Switzerland's neutrality, a lot of international politics, diplomacy, activism and espionage was happening there. I have a few good general sources about Switzerland in about that era; a travel guide first published in 1919 by Frank Fox, John Addington Symonds' "Our Life in the Swiss Highlands," and I've just started tracking down information about the socialist International and the Berne International Women's Conference that took place in 1915. But I need to learn a lot more -- [more inside]
posted by ryansara on Jan 20, 2008 - 3 answers

I am looking for programming information for Comcast Channel 36 (Public Access) in Bellflower, CA during March to June 2004 period.

I am looking for programming information for Comcast Channel 36 (Public Access) in Bellflower, CA during March to June 2004 period. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse on Jan 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Did poor women wear corsets?

16th-18th Century (Western Europe): Did working-class women wear corsets? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jan 20, 2008 - 15 answers

Car stalkiing

Is my old car still on the road? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Jan 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Have ears, have brain, willing to learn.

Where can I learn about music history and music theory for free? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Jan 16, 2008 - 25 answers

Fluorescent flat caffeine lights / It's furious balancing

What online reads can you recommend on the subject of circadian rhythms and rituals, preferably from an anthropological and/or historical point of view? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jan 13, 2008 - 6 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

History of Puerto Rico

I am looking for a comprehensive history of Puerto Rico. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by philmas on Jan 9, 2008 - 3 answers

How do we establish causation?

We've all heard correlation does not imply causation. What does? Are there any statistical methods for showing a causal relationship? If there are, when/by whom were they developed? [more inside]
posted by whimwit on Jan 8, 2008 - 33 answers

Can you help me track down the man who introduced football to Iceland in 1895, a Scotsman by the name of James B. Ferguson?

In 1895 a Scottish printer by the name of James B. Ferguson introduced Icelanders to football (soccer) and gymnastics. Is there any way to find out what happened to Ferguson after he left Iceland in 1896? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jan 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Montezuma's Revenge

Where can I find a downloadable version of Michael Murphey's classic, "Temple of the Sun" to download? Of course I am willing to pay for the copyrighted, legal, etc. version. But I would rather not have to buy the entire Swans Against the Sun CD to get this one song. Also, HUGE Bonus Points if you can lead me to similar(?) songs which might interest my sons (see inside for more on this challenge). [more inside]
posted by misha on Jan 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Where to study History?

Looking for unique schools or programs for the study of History. In the US or abroad. [more inside]
posted by Nillocsoc on Jan 3, 2008 - 13 answers

Why does this family have that last name?

Bizarre curiosity: This family appears to be Asian. Their surname is Irish. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by Ruby Doomsday on Jan 3, 2008 - 26 answers

Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny

A passel of museum geeks is headed to Virginia. Can you help us plan the trip? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 2, 2008 - 4 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

When was police line tape first used at crime scenes in the US?

When was police line tape first used at crime scenes in the US? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Dec 29, 2007 - 15 answers

What should I read to learn about Native American History?

What should I be reading to learn about Native American history and material culture? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow on Dec 29, 2007 - 13 answers

History resources?

Little sister is working on a project and need to find sources that can help her identify several things for railroad workers, meatpacking plant workers, a Rockefeller employee, and a business employing child labor from 1885-1910. The things she needs are their job responsibilities, wages, number of hours, conditions of the workplace.
posted by Sgt.Grumbless on Dec 28, 2007 - 2 answers

cultural history of childrearing

being a new mom i've read way too much about baby care. now i'm interested in the history of baby raising and care. i'm [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Dec 27, 2007 - 10 answers

German/Japanese axis

Why were the Germans allied with the Japanese in WWII? Why were the Americans at war with the Japanese?
posted by TigerCrane on Dec 22, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me find interesting anthropology/sociology books.

Books about anthropology, psychology, sociology, modern rituals...I think. Can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Dec 20, 2007 - 11 answers

When and who invented Ginger Ale in Ireland in the 1850s

Ginger Ale ( the soda, not the beer) was supposedly invented in Ireland in the 1850s. However, I can't find anything more specific. Do you know of any history links that have concrete information about the invention of Ginger Ale in Ireland around the 1850s? If it could be pinpointed to a certain person or town or custom, that would be great.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 19, 2007 - 8 answers

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture?

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture? [more inside]
posted by electric water kettle on Dec 18, 2007 - 3 answers

History at home.

What historic moments have happened at home? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Dec 16, 2007 - 14 answers

Presidential Speech Terms Cloud

Does anyone know the link to a website that displays a list of terms that are used by the president at speeches as a sort of cloud? For example: blah blah blah blah blah WAR blah blah TERROR blah blah TAX I've seen it before, I just can seem to find the link. The website also archives terms used in past speeches. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Dec 10, 2007 - 5 answers

Like Army of Darkness, but more realistic

Help me find a specific type of time travel novel. [more inside]
posted by OpinioNate on Dec 10, 2007 - 20 answers

Help me find an old article

Looking for an old newsmagazine story about Britain. [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump on Dec 10, 2007 - 1 answer

Book Circulation and Author Notoriety in antiquity through the middle ages.

How famous could you really get as an author before the printing press? [more inside]
posted by absalom on Dec 7, 2007 - 26 answers

Can you help me find tales of l33tness?

Can you help me find more Hacker Folklore? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid on Dec 5, 2007 - 26 answers

Anyone know the history of past Macworld Keynotes?

Where could I find the exact dates of the last ten (1997-2007) Macworld keynotes by Steve Jobs, done in San Francisco? I thought some apple history sites would list it, but rampant googling has only turned up info on the last couple years of shows.
posted by mathowie on Dec 5, 2007 - 4 answers

Gift-worthy history books?

My dad has mentioned that he would like a history book for Christmas. Help me find one that will really knock his socks off! [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 3, 2007 - 45 answers

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but. . .

What kinds of high-technology things exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 30, 2007 - 41 answers

Help With Old Handwriting

Help with old / smudged handwriting on the back of a Civil War photo. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Nov 30, 2007 - 50 answers

Books about places?

Can you recommend some good books about places? [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on Nov 29, 2007 - 23 answers

Examples of 'The Infinite' in Myth and Their Effect on Conditions of Truth

I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 28, 2007 - 22 answers

Oh, say can you see...

The first transatlantic television image was that of a fluttering American flag. My grandfather was the cameraman. Two words: Christmas gift. [more inside]
posted by laughinglikemad on Nov 27, 2007 - 10 answers

After the Terror...

Can you recommend any great, scholarly books about the Napoleonic era in Europe? [more inside]
posted by Neilopolis on Nov 25, 2007 - 10 answers

Tell me more about Red Hook Lane

Calling all Brooklyn history buffs. Tell me more about a specific aspect of Red Hook Lane. [more inside]
posted by lassie on Nov 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Books about Burma?

Books about Burma? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Nov 19, 2007 - 17 answers

Why can't you believe everything you read in a history book?

I'm looking for two brief historical accounts of the same event or events, to show how history can be distorted. Bonus points if the events relate to European encounters with indigenous peoples in the Americas. [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Nov 19, 2007 - 15 answers

What are the definitive wireframe graphic games?

I'm doing a mini-research project on wireframe graphics in gaming. What are the definitive wireframe games? I know about Tempest, I know about Battlezone, and I know about the Star Wars Cockpit Arcade game. What other titles should I add to my list?
posted by serial_consign on Nov 17, 2007 - 35 answers

The AP US History "Packet"

Did you use "The Packet" in your AP US History course in high school? Do you remember what that was called, who wrote it, and how I could get it again? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Nov 12, 2007 - 18 answers

History is something that happens to other people.

From an historical point of view, how much time needs to pass before an event is no longer remembered? How much time between 'oh god that was awful' until 'that happened a lot of time ago so I don't care about it?' [more inside]
posted by Memo on Nov 7, 2007 - 24 answers

Deepen my world knowledge.

Human rights violations around the world. What are countries with histories of major modern human rights violations that I may not think of? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Nov 1, 2007 - 38 answers

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