I'm looking for photo references for a project I'm working on about Jewish life in Eastern Europe at the turn of the last century as well as the early Zionist movement in Israel (back before the 1948 war), including early kibbutz life. I'm sure there is a wealth of material out there, which ironically makes it harder to find what I'm looking for. How to sift through it all? [more inside]
Significant historical and/or political figures since 1945? [more inside]
What historical figures might not have done the work they are credited for? [more inside]
A history of the camera and its' effects on modern society in five paragraphs. [more inside]
My GF and I have been dating for almost a year. Everything is great, we're making plans, etc., but there is something that nags at me. Help me get over it. [more inside]
Why does Uncle Tom say: Only YOU Can Prevent Ghetto Fires? [more inside]
How can I employ someone to create a tribute site for a vanished community when I'm not really sure what I want?
The archivist of an exterminated Jewish community has asked me to make a tribute website (the modern equivalent of a Yizkor Book. I want to be evocative and moving and a useful reference for other people tracing their genealogy. The problem is that I have no idea how to create a modern website; or write the sort of material I want; or make it pretty. What sort of help should I look for, and where can I find it, and how much will it cost me?
[Image Identification Filter] Can anyone identify this small sketch? I was told it possibly relates to latin-american supernatural history. [more inside]
Where can I find lots of historical media? I'm looking for any kind of photos or film, newsreels, anything. [more inside]
Looking for a history of Iceland... [more inside]
Does anyone know where (or even if) I can get hold of a copy of the 1980's SABC (South African TV) series 'The John Ross Story: An African Adventure', made and set around the same time and locations as their excellent 'Shaka Zulu' series? I know it exists but I can find no mention of its availability in any format, or even at the IMDB... Thanks in advance!
I recently read a novel which made me curious about attitudes toward contraception and abortion in the Edwardian United States, in particularly in New York City. [more inside]
I seem to remember reading somewhere, or possibly listening to a story on NPR, which talked about Norman Rockwell being a subversive artist. The tone was of a researcher having talked to his contemporaries and concluding that Rockwell was in a way being ironic or sarcastic in his paintings. I also vaguely remember hearing/reading that there were small clues in some of his paintings indicating this. Any help finding more information on this? [more inside]
I am looking for a list of people that participated (the people actually voting) in the Council of Laodicea. Any books or papers that detail their life would be beneficial as well.
Ancient Civilizations Crash Course: I have to teach a course beginning in February...and I don't know anything! [more inside]
What are some places "off the beaten path", I can explore in urban environments? For photography, and my own amusement. [more inside]
I heard a term somewhere that referred to the modern phenomena of sounds being decoupled from what produces them, in the sense that it's no longer a one-to-one relationship between sound and thing. So whereas previously every time you heard a bark you knew it was a dog, now it could be a TV, a computer, or a robot dog. Likewise, a big professional sound system could sound like almost anything. I think the originator was an academic. I distinctly remembering seeing mention of this on wikipedia once. What was that term? Who coined it?
Is there an evolutionary family tree for religions? [more inside]
Are there any Canadian federal election maps out there, coloring each federal riding by the winning party? I am thinking something like the Red/Blue coloring that is often done in the US (like this), but preferably something with intermediate colors (like this). [more inside]
I am looking for examples of online history archives that allow users to tag, annotate, and otherwise attach information to items in the collection. I know about Footnote.com where users may add annotations, dates, names, and searchable text to documents. I know about the Flickr Library of Congress photostream. What other examples should I know about before my institution embarks on a similar project? [more inside]
Is it true that the graves of people who died of certain infectious illnesses remain dangerous centuries later? [more inside]
Curious coats of arms on a 16th century map-- can you help with identification and significance? [more inside]
Some good, interesting historical nonfiction? [more inside]
My girlfriend is mildly addicted to cryptic crosswords. She’s also mad about History. Is there a book available that combines the two? [more inside]
What sort of birth control did old-timey prostitutes use? [more inside]
I'd like to get as many hours of Studs Terkel interviewing or just talking as I possibly can. On MP3. For free or very cheap. [more inside]
Is there a generic name for the small figures that political cartoonists used to put in the foreground of their cartoons? Often they were of the artist himself (like Tom Toles at his easel here) , or sometimes a repeated character, and they would offer additional commentary on the subject of the cartoon. Is there a name for those little guys?
What excellent books/films about Queen Victoria and her reign can you recommend? I'm not looking for exhaustive histories so must as highly readable/watchable ones.
Can anyone tell me anything about this abandoned looking ship named the "Santos" by the foundry and concrete plant in south Seattle? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations on films (documentary or dramatic) or books (nonficiton or novel) about Agitprop or Agitprop Theater, specifically as it was practiced in Boshevist Russia/USSR. [more inside]
How can I arrange it so that my Firefox history is automatically purged of sites of a certain domain like imdb.com or facebook.com? [more inside]
I'd appreciate help with some terms from 14-16c (apx) France. The translations don't tell me about the social hierarchy or give any context. Thanks for any help you can give here. Or point me to an English-language explanation. Here goes: guidon, marechal, chevalier, seigneur, ecuyer. licencie en droit, chatellenie. sieur, chambellan, sire, noble homme. Sorry for lack of accents.
Has anyone recommend any excellent books or articles analyzing why (and how) dictatorship can maintain itself some places, but is successfully challenged and overthrown by more democratic forces elsewhere?
How come we don't have another Einstein of our era? [more inside]
Looking for books comparing and contrasting history as it rhymes but doesn't repeat. [more inside]
I'm looking to learn more about the history of the comic book industry. [more inside]
I am looking for the best, most powerful, most engaging stuff on the internets about the Valley Forge encampment. [more inside]
I want to know what my apartment looked like when my great-grandparents' generation was living in it! I'm looking for web-based answers and pictures rather than wordy descriptions that would require a library visit if possible. [more inside]
I need some articles about being aware of things that you post on social networking sites. [more inside]
In 1960, what level of confidentiality could a woman going to a psychiatrist expect in terms of her husband? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good historical atlas of the United States? [more inside]
I have an old film reel of a chaplin silent movie, but need help getting an id on the type of film, millimeter measurement and the name of the movie... [more inside]
Help me cover my trail in both Firefox and Explorer, please! [more inside]
Can you recommend good books about Los Angeles? Non-fiction preferred but fiction as well. [more inside]
Looking for good documentaries that are truly informative (i.e. a kind of textbook in movie format). What are the best documentaries you've seen that left you much more informed about basic history and human knowledge? [more inside]
Freemasons and the Founding Fathers of America/ links to early American history?! [more inside]
Where can I find historical election poll data? [more inside]
I'm looking for a listing, preferably something with citations of the actual state laws, of when each state changed it's laws to allow for the direct election of electors in the electoral college.
What are some good books in English about French history and culture? [more inside]
What is the origin of the phrase "[you] damn kids get off my lawn!" [more inside]