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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

What happened to 23rd Street?

What happened to 23rd Street? [more inside]
posted by localhuman on Oct 10, 2006 - 12 answers

What was my grandmother's childhood like?

What was my grandmother's childhood like? [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 on Oct 9, 2006 - 17 answers

Finding Legacy ICQ/Prodigy IDs

How do I find old postings of mine in Prodigy and my original ICQ number? [more inside]
posted by bkdelong on Oct 1, 2006 - 12 answers

Grampa, Interrupted.

Somewhat of a follow-up to a previous question about my grandfather, I have some vague questions about law enforcement and the mental health system in 1950s America. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 26, 2006 - 12 answers

Good information about plague doctor attire?

I want to make a plague doctor costume for Halloween, and I want it to be as accurate as possible. [more inside]
posted by bookish on Sep 24, 2006 - 10 answers

Who was Hitler before Hitler?

Before Hitler, what historical figure did people refer to as the pure archetype of evil?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Sep 24, 2006 - 46 answers

What's the world record for computer uptime?

What's the world record for computer uptime? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Sep 20, 2006 - 28 answers

Good books on post-WW1 / pre-WW2 era?

Recommendations for good books about the aftermath of WW1, the between-wars period, and the buildup to WW2? I'm looking for a good follow-up to Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August. [more inside]
posted by shortfuse on Sep 14, 2006 - 22 answers

Is it Lead or Gold?

ThatHouseIsAnEpisodeofAntiquesRoadshowFilter: My friend's family has hundreds of years of history in one area of New York. At various points during that time they were fairly well-off and were able to acquire things--so now the family house from hundreds of years ago has hundreds of years worth of stuff packed in. Some of it seems pretty valuable, but they don't know which is gold and which is junk. What do they do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Sep 9, 2006 - 9 answers

Where to find yearly preseason NCAA football rankings?

Is their a website that lists historical preseason NCAA football rankings? I have no problems finding year-end rankings and national champions but nothing regarding preseason rankings year-to-year.
posted by beachhead2 on Sep 4, 2006 - 2 answers

Early attempts at fossil assembly?

Is there a book or website that details early attempts to assemble fossilized bone into animals/dinosaur skeletons? [more inside]
posted by R. Mutt on Sep 1, 2006 - 4 answers

Help me find unbiased books about some nations I am interested in.

I was a dumb teenager, and I wasn't interested about other nations history. Couple of years ago, after reading 1984 I quickly changed my mind, but I also realized that history is full of one-sidedness (just like in 1984 unfortunately). [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix on Aug 31, 2006 - 29 answers

Calling all anthropologists!

What were some of the most idyllic communities to have ever existed? I’m not looking for opinions, I’m looking for hard anthropological examples or studies that have been carried out on such cultures. [more inside]
posted by heylight on Aug 29, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me nourish my brain.

Can anyone recommend any good documentaries? Bonus points if its history or culture related. [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo on Aug 23, 2006 - 38 answers

How do I preserve the architecture of my grandparents' farm

How to architecturally preserve elements of my grandparents circa 1875 farmhouse and 1940's era barn without hiring an architect. [more inside]
posted by bach on Aug 23, 2006 - 12 answers

Teaching US government in high school

I'm looking for cheap/free visual aids (posters, photos, etc.) to support a high school teacher who is teaching US government. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter on Aug 23, 2006 - 3 answers

Peace and Prosperity of the late 80's and 90's

I found myself warm and nostalgic today for the brief period between the end of the cold war and the war on terror. Do you think history will look at it as a very good time to be alive or is this just me being a nostalgic Gen x-er?
posted by Deep Dish on Aug 20, 2006 - 22 answers

I learned it in History; so it must be history!

What are some things that are taught as History in a college/higher learning setting (as a piece of, or as the whole) that aren't fully supported by facts (such as documents, carbon dating, etc)? [more inside]
posted by defenestration on Aug 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Ideas v. Actions

I need ideas for an alternate history novel that I am thinking of writing. What changes history more, ideas or actions? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Aug 9, 2006 - 39 answers

Bobsled Mystery

Who Made The Bobsleds For The 1932 U.S. Olympic Team? [more inside]
posted by philmas on Aug 9, 2006 - 9 answers

Are blacks in the southern states of America more self reliant than blacks in the northern states and California ?

Are blacks in the southern states of America more self reliant than blacks in the northern states and California ? [more inside]
posted by babyguru on Aug 8, 2006 - 27 answers

Name This City

In a letter from the 1870's, the writer refers to "Mr. Allen Dale's City" with a population of about 30,000. He was writing from Texas, but he was originally from South Carolina. Does anyone know to what he was referring?
posted by clarkstonian on Aug 4, 2006 - 7 answers

slavery in pre-emancipation America

Why didn't slave owners in pre-emancipation America make slaves of the Native Americans, opting instead to import slaves from abroad? [more inside]
posted by CodeBaloo on Aug 4, 2006 - 32 answers

Has anybody written or done psychological profile of famous leaders , past or present, dead or alive , indepth or superficial? ?

Has anybody written or done psychological profile of famous leaders , past or present, dead or alive , indepth or superficial ? [more inside]
posted by studentguru on Aug 3, 2006 - 17 answers

Was it just a bad acid trip?

I'm working on a story idea which involves the European witch hunts in the middle of the last millennium. I have read that they may have been caused, in part, by mass hallucinations resulting from a fungal infection on the rye crop. Rye ergot is an ingredient in the manufacture of LSD. Is there anyone who can point me to some research (valid or not) which might confirm/deny the mass hallucination angle?
posted by hobocode on Jul 30, 2006 - 28 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


A longshot, but hoping. Can anyone identify this statue? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity on Jul 27, 2006 - 15 answers

need a local in unkraine to do a cemetary photo shoot.

Help me find someone in ukraine that would take pictures of old tombstones in a small town. [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister on Jul 26, 2006 - 8 answers

What would be a great family history gift?

Now that I've scanned all my family photos and videotaped every living ancestor, what should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by fellion on Jul 25, 2006 - 14 answers

Victorian courtship

How can I find out what dating/courtship was really like in upper-class Victorian England? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 24, 2006 - 11 answers

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