What are the best books about the South African diamond industry during the mid-to-late 19th century? [more inside]
I'm looking for any historical or anthropological studies of fiction. Any ideas? [more inside]
Favorite blogs about history? [more inside]
is there a documented case of a human civilization or culture that has/had no form of music ? [more inside]
I'm looking for books or articles in English on the city of Luna, founded in Italy in 177 BC and destroyed in AD 1016. Specifically I'm trying to find information on the AD 859 sack of Pisa and Luna by viking raiders under the command of Hastein (or Hásteinn), but additional information on the city would be good too.
I would like to find some information about a train wreck that happened in or near Akron, Colorado on July 17th, 1917. Does anyone know how I can discover any additional details online? [more inside]
I'm from Chicagoland. Me and my Canadian gal are soon moving from Toronto to the City of Big Shoulders so she can go to grad school there, and she's been asking me all kinds of questions about the character of the city. Though I consider myself a Chicagoan, I am embarrassingly tongue-tied. Please give me your insights on the character and atmosphere of the jewel of the Midwest! [more inside]
Life in Germany between 1929-1933? [more inside]
So, bacon. Did it used to be a wholly different foodstuff? I often run across descriptions of bacon as a wartime staple in the 19th and early 20th century--i.e. before refrigeration--wherein it would appear that the bacon was shelf/wagon-stable for months on end. With the bacon we get today (at least in America) refrigeration is absolutely necessary, and once the seal is broken, you have about a week of usability. So what's the deal with old-school bacon? Did the bacon change, or did the people? I must know.
Can you help me find a great educational wall chart to put on our living room wall? [more inside]
Why did George Romney get outed from the 1968 presidential race? [more inside]
ChicagoActivismFilter: I need a book that details the history of political activism in Chicago. [more inside]
Were in London would I be able to see a bearskin-wearing wearing foodguard of the Household Cavalry?
Where in London would I be able to see—and get a decent photograph of—a bearskin wearing footguard of the Household Cavalry? [more inside]
What was the boat journey up the Rhone (and the Saone and down the Seine) to Paris like in the old days, before the internal combustion engine and the damming of the river? Where were the portages? How long did it take? Any resources greatly appreciated, from memoirs to histories to (well researched) novels, online or off.
Central Asia trip late May - early June. Suggestions? [more inside]
How do I find out the value of a dollar in a given year? [more inside]
DesignFilter. Help me poke and prod my nondesigner's mind to consider new ways to present that hackneyed standby of the elementary school social studies textbook, the timeline. Too much information inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for some books on European history during the 1800s. I'm specifically interested in Russia from the Decemberists to the 1917 revolution, and the French student revolution of 1848. [more inside]
What was Anne Elliot's dowry? What if Sir Walter couldn't pay? [more inside]
What is the best, least expensive way to research the industrial history of a factory building in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, NY? [more inside]
How far back does the call log go on a Razor Phone? I need it to go back at least a month.
When did directors of plays and operas start the practice of overtly imposing their own visual interpretation of the play at the expense of the stage direction of the author? These days if you go to see a Shakespeare play, it's even odds that it's set in modern times, or the early 20th century, or what have you. Were there 19th century (or earlier!) productions of Shakespeare that set his plays in what were then "modern times"? At what point did staging old plays become just as much about the director's vision as the playwright's?
Why is there no more milk delivery in the US? It used to be common, now it's extremely rare. Why is that? [more inside]
Help me devise a quiz testing my students (college fresh-people) on fundamental knowledge of current events, history, and culture. [more inside]
Help me find illuminating, educating, eye-opening articles on immigration for a class I'm teaching at the Kennedy School of Government. [more inside]
Say I want to make my name ring out through the ages. What is the best way, for a few grand or so, to make sure that I am remembered for as long as possible? Going for great achievements seems ambitious and too much work, and I am not interested in being known for great crimes. I am thinking more along the lines of the old statues-in-the-desert angle. Any ideas?
Looking for advice on a career change: History PhD program to ? [more inside]
I'm interested in reading about the Cold War, specifically, about Stalin and the Soviet side of things during the early phases of the war. Other topics are fine though. Any book recommendations you have will be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
What are the best online (or offline) 'textbooks' for learning about the history of fine arts photography? [more inside]
HistoryFilter: Help me think of an interesting and researchable thesis for a Renaissance History course. [more inside]
What books should I read to get a crash course in US political history? [more inside]
Have you ever taken a culinary walking tour? Might you be willing to share highlights and details? I'm planning to develop some tasting tours for my city and would appreciate hearing about your own food tour experiences. [more inside]
GradSchoolFilter: Help me choose between U of Toronto and McGill. [more inside]
What are the best maritime / pirate history sites on the east coast and within a 6 hour drive of the DC area? [more inside]
On the back cover of my copy of Gates of Fire it says something like (quoting on the top of my head here) "Toynbee said that 'what ifs' are generally irrelevant in history, except for one - what if the Persians had conquered Greece? Then what we regard as western civilization would not exist". Has Toynbee ever said such a thing? Where?
What is the origin of the phrase "mistakes were made" - who said it, and in reference to what? [more inside]
ResearchFilter Part 2: Some weeks ago, I asked about theories of collaboration and received some excellent research suggestions. Now, I'm reworking my thesis proposal and would like to include some details about the history of corporation. Not critiques the modern corporate entity, but an overview of the origins of incorporation, bureaucracy, etc. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! [more inside]
What is a GOC? [more inside]
Does OSX (10.4.8) keep a record of the CDs I burn? I recently applied to a competition by sending a CD of three jpegs. I know which date I burned the CD, but I can't remember which jpegs I applied with. Is there a record of this information anywhere on my computer?
What is the most famous typo in history? (And I don't mean malapropisms like "misunderestimated" or Kerry's botched joke.) [more inside]
Who is Allen Dale and where is Dales? [more inside]
Help me organize my family history info on my mac [more inside]
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]
Has religion ever helped to end a war? [more inside]
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?
Can you suggest a good biography on Abraham Lincoln and /or a history of the Civil War? [more inside]
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]