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? [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]
Why do some (mostly older European?) doors have the knob in the center? Was there some technology reason? security reason? Design carry-over from the door latch design before knobs?
What country has the oldest unchanged borders, and how old are they? [more inside]
Where is good source of information about everyday life in New Orleans during the 1920s? [more inside]
This spring I'll be teaching a workshop on memos that changed the world. Help me think of some. [more inside]
Do you know resources illustrating the history of e-learning ? [more inside]
I just watched the Mythbusters pirate special, and I'm looking for historical evidence to argue with the cannonball/splinter conclusion.
(don't click through if you don't want spoilers) [more inside]
Did I permanently screw up my work history? Last summer I worked a string of three dead-end jobs, none of which lasted more than two weeks. One was a contractor position; the other two were regular jobs that withdrew taxes and social security on a regular basis. I was broke, desperate, and depressed at the time. [more inside]
I'm currently a senior undergrad planning on graduating in May. My majors are biology and history, but I'll be working in finance after graduation with a large firm in NYC (and I already have a job lined up). After meeting with an advisor this week, I realized that the "perspective classes" (classes outside my majors that are required for graduation) I had taken to complete the requirements for my bachelors of science
in biology are different from those required for my bachelors of arts
in history. [more inside]
Historically, has there been a member of Royal blood that, for either philosophical, political or religious reasons eschewed the royal lifestyle and struck out on their own? [more inside]
I am looking for well regarded books/scholarly papers about writing. Most specifically in the areas of Nonfiction (the essay style of article writing) and Children's Fiction (for a young adult audience).
Any tips? Go as far and broad as you can. I'll be off to the British library tomorrow, so the sky is the limit. [more inside]
Looking for old economic articles... [more inside]
I want to learn more about the origins of the English language and about the roots of English words. [more inside]
I would like a definitive view of the Israel/Palestine conflict that doesn't take sides (even most of the factual histories I've read omit some facts to give a certain slant to one side or the other). This could come in the form of a book, website, documentay, torrent, .pdf, podcast, or miscellaneous other media forms I haven't thought of. [more inside]
I have an audio cassette tape which has been waterlogged and soaked in dirt for over 10 years. What are my options for respooling/fixing the tape with its contents intact? [more inside]
Interesting history lectures on iTunes? [more inside]
Going by the style of clothing, the age of the man, and the make/model of the bicycle can you help me date a picture? [more inside]
Can you help me find a book which traverses Russian history from, well, as far back as possible up to the Russian Revolution of 1917? [more inside]
So how close exactly were we to nuclear war? [more inside]
Seventeenth-century history-Filter: where can I find a copy of the first and second volumes of S.R. Gardiner's History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate
online? [more inside]
Three 19th century art works that I'm having trouble finding the Artist Name and Title for each. The large one is Renoir (actual signature), but I can not find the title of the work. The other two I have no idea.
(large picture scan of all 3, small file size)
I am a college sophomore who will be applying to graduate school in history from a somewhat mediocre university, and I need help with a course of action to follow in order to improve my chances of getting accepted. Much [more inside]
Please help me find a picture of any Danish medical practitioner taken sometime between 1865 and 1875. This is kind of a long shot, I know.
Has there ever been a war that hasn't had religion or religious persecution at its heart? [more inside]
Does anyone know any details about the Wright Brothers' actual brotherly relationship? I'm looking for books, anecdotes, articles, or documentaries you've read/seen that actually address this aspect of the great American story, their personalities, family dynamics, etc. [more inside]
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?
What are some ways that history or myths have been used to justify events happening in the present (or in the recent past)?
I'm looking for a book I read back in 1999/2000 about Jesus. [more inside]
Where can I find some fairly easy-to-read, factual books about historical events? Amazon is overwhelming and Google is unhelpful [more inside]
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]
Can anyone recommend any good online resources containing reference images, specifically fashion, throughout various historical decades/eras? [more inside]
What things would we not have today had we lost World War 1 or 2? [more inside]
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?
Help a History Professor: How do I create a local history and geography website with wiki functionality? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm seeking your brilliant ideas for cool behind-the-scenes history/military/engineering tours in the San Francisco Bay Area. [more inside]
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]
'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]