Any recommendations on books covering Irish history? [more inside]
When and why did it become the convention that blind people would wear dark glasses? Would the purpose be to hide the eyes or to act as a signifier of blindness? Is it something that is done less these days and what are the reasons why?
Recent poetry, fiction, histories re: Cork, Ireland? The question title says it all, except maybe to clarify: not looking for authors from Cork so much as stories about or set in Cork. Even better if it's something that is likely to be on the shelves at a book store in the US. Thanks.
Help me find a book on Japanese life and culture in the early part of the 20th century? [more inside]
1) Get BA in beloved liberal arts field 2) ??? 3) Profit? Help me balance my desire for a degree in History with my desire to earn a decent living for myself. [more inside]
I'm thinking of buying a book like this as a gift. Anyone have any personal experience with this "Our Name in History" series of books? Are they any good?
ObscureHistoryFilter: Any pointers to resources about how Switzerland was like in 1817? What was life like? What was the political and economic situation? What technology was around? I'm trying to create a Call of Cthulhu campaign based in that place and time, and I'm trying to be as realistic as possible (aside from the cosmic horrors). [more inside]
African American deserter in WWII that lead a tribe in India? [more inside]
Why the long noodle? [more inside]
Please recommend me some great books about the home front during WWI or WWII. [more inside]
I need lesson plan ideas for Washington State History. It's a summer school class with three weeks left, three hours per day... and a number of odd and annoying constraints. Suggestions? [more inside]
Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details. [more inside]
Looking for good books on the history of technologies. [more inside]
I was wondering if anyone has explored the notions of alternate geological history, i.e. different continents to the ones we know, and the mechanisms by which they might have arisen? [more inside]
HistoryFilter: What popular historical myths are there about Portuguese and English History? [more inside]
I'd like to broaden my horizons by getting a better understanding of life in different cultures and time periods. Please recommend great books or films (fiction or non-fiction) which paint a broad, immersive, reasonably accurate picture of a place and time. [more inside]
Good books on Shaker history? [more inside]
AskMe Reference Desk: Pre-industrial production and trade of leather and leather goods - how did it work? [more inside]
I write software for a living. Assuming this is due to some confluence of skills and interests, what job(s) would I be qualified for if I'd been born in the year 1,000?
I want to a read a book about the domestication, Western discovery, spread and eventual assimilation of New World foods. I'm interested in how these crops were transported to and received by different cultures, and how certain New World foods became synonymous with particular Old World cuisines. [more inside]
Does anyone know more about the "underground railroad" that whisked some student leaders to safety after the Tienanmen Square massacre in 1989? [more inside]
I will be putting together a resume soon. However the exact dates and other details regarding some of my past jobs escape me. Is there a site that will give me my job history? Everything Google gives me requires payment/enrollment is some service. I want free and no attachments, is that doable? Subquestion, best resume putting together site/application/thing?
Is there a word or term for the following condition? [more inside]
How do I find the modern geographical location of an old Hawaii address that no longer exists? [more inside]
What happened to Calpurnia after Julius Caeser's death? [more inside]
American Studies scholars, please help me compare 2 programs in New England and American Studies and get some general advice. [more inside]
I need basic info about current events. [more inside]
Seeking DVDs for a European to learn American history. Learning Company comes to mind, but your minds are more varied than mine. Any advice greatly appreciated.
Is the Eugen Weber lecture series 'The Western Tradition' available via podcast? [more inside]
So Mrs Mutant purchased a BBC series , The Tudors, and watching it has raised lots of questions about the real events. [more inside]
Wiley College famously debated University of Southern California in 1935. What was the topic? [more inside]
Allegedly, this is the original key to the choir loft of Mission San Luis Rey. A) How can I confirm its origins? B) What should I do with it? [more inside]
GeniusFilter: Help me win an argument and prove that there ARE undeniable examples of women geniuses throughout history or even today. [more inside]
Is there a specific place on the internet where younger people can ask and receive personal recollections from elders? [more inside]
NorthCarolinaFilter: A friend is traveling between Greensboro and Cape Fear and back again - They would love to hear some ideas on what to see? what to do? [more inside]
What was daily life like behind the iron curtain? I recently returned from a vacation in a former Warsaw Pact country and could not help but wonder what things were like there 20 years ago. [more inside]
I'm interested in reading more fun books, written in 1945 or earlier, which clearly set themselves in the time and place that they were written. Examples include Anne of Green Gables, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, Pride & Prejudice, and China to Me. [more inside]
What are some powerful examples throughout history of public figures or concepts that have successfully united disparate people?
When was the last time scholars discovered a previously unknown piece of literature from ancient Greece or Rome? Has it happened at all in modern times? If you were to speculate on the chances we'll ever rediscover another play from Euripides, Sophocles, et al, are there any relatively recent discoveries of new works from ancient Greek and Roman authors you could use as examples?
Does anyone know of concise histories of imperialism and/or colonialism? These will be used for developing a 12th grade history/literature curriculum, so extra credit is available for those who can make a literature connection. Plus, books focusing on India and Africa will be appreciated.
Salary history questions: the job listing requests resume, cover letter and salary history. What is the most elegant/least awkward way to list the history? Also, I've been a freelance consultant for several years, what is the best way for the self-employed to list a salary? [more inside]
Any good reading about apothecaries in the middle ages? [more inside]
Are there any history-based tours in Boston that accomodate the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing? [more inside]
When was the past better than the present? I'd like to know the word or phrase that describes the romanticism people have of the past, e.g. "In those days, children respected their elders!". I was watching the documentary Born Rich and Cody Franchetti mentions that the encyclopedia was better in the early 20th century. Why? This feeling that "old ways are better" is not exactly nostalgia, because often people expressing this sentiment didn't actually grow up in this utopian past. But their feelings toward this time are exactly like nostalgia. [more inside]
I love history, and I love adventure. What real-life historical adventurers were awesome, and have books written about them worth reading? [more inside]
Any recommendations for books/articles/whatever about the history of comedy? Specifically 20th century American comedy? [more inside]
What's a "Japanese napkin," in historical context? For that matter, what's the deal with paper napkins? [more inside]
My mom wants a book on French Indochina, and I'd like to find a good one for her. Preferably non-fiction, but good fiction with some insight into history and culture would work, too. The exact historical time range is flexible, but she's mostly interested in the area pre-Vietnam War.
I have the day to study for AP exams and prepare a presentation. How can I spend it most effectively? [more inside]
Did someone actually try to spike Gerald Ford's coffee with LSD? [more inside]