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After the Terror...

Can you recommend any great, scholarly books about the Napoleonic era in Europe? [more inside]
posted by Neilopolis on Nov 25, 2007 - 10 answers

Tell me more about Red Hook Lane

Calling all Brooklyn history buffs. Tell me more about a specific aspect of Red Hook Lane. [more inside]
posted by lassie on Nov 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Books about Burma?

Books about Burma? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Nov 19, 2007 - 17 answers

Why can't you believe everything you read in a history book?

I'm looking for two brief historical accounts of the same event or events, to show how history can be distorted. Bonus points if the events relate to European encounters with indigenous peoples in the Americas. [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Nov 19, 2007 - 15 answers

What are the definitive wireframe graphic games?

I'm doing a mini-research project on wireframe graphics in gaming. What are the definitive wireframe games? I know about Tempest, I know about Battlezone, and I know about the Star Wars Cockpit Arcade game. What other titles should I add to my list?
posted by serial_consign on Nov 17, 2007 - 35 answers

The AP US History "Packet"

Did you use "The Packet" in your AP US History course in high school? Do you remember what that was called, who wrote it, and how I could get it again? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Nov 12, 2007 - 18 answers

History is something that happens to other people.

From an historical point of view, how much time needs to pass before an event is no longer remembered? How much time between 'oh god that was awful' until 'that happened a lot of time ago so I don't care about it?' [more inside]
posted by Memo on Nov 7, 2007 - 24 answers

Deepen my world knowledge.

Human rights violations around the world. What are countries with histories of major modern human rights violations that I may not think of? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Nov 1, 2007 - 38 answers

Need help getting my electronic hands on an article.

Please help me figure out how to obtain an electronic copy of an article titled "Why 1955? Explaining the Advent of Rock Music," by Richard A. Peterson. Google Books has a truncated version here, but I'd like the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by univac on Oct 22, 2007 - 7 answers

How did Civil War soldiers reload and fire the .58 Springfield?

How was the Civil War .58 Springfield rifle reloaded? I understand that it was a percussion-cap rifle rather than a flintlock, and that it fired a muzzle-loaded minie ball. But what was the reloading process? What did the ammunition look like? There was no metal cartridge involved? How long did it take to reload and fire one of those things? Thanks, from a firearms n00b!
posted by jackypaper on Oct 22, 2007 - 8 answers

Buddhism and Surrealism in Paris in the 1920s

How do I found out about books, museums, exhibitions, and artifacts relating to Buddhism in Paris in the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Oct 19, 2007 - 3 answers

In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and other mnemonic devices wanted. Apply within.

In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Great, Columbus=1492, got it. What else you know? I'm looking for silly and/or clever ways to remember history. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 15, 2007 - 55 answers

Getting into grad school at 33

I'm looking at applying to Ph.D. programs in history. I'm 33. How can I maximize my chances? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Oct 14, 2007 - 24 answers

Why so many Liberty Bells?

What is the meaning and/or history of Philadelphia city street signs with Liberty Bell symbols on them? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer on Oct 14, 2007 - 5 answers

Seeing the industrial and political landscape of the southwest

I'm taking a road trip through the southwest, and I'd like to see places with an interesting backstory or that show you "behind the scenes." I'm interested in places with political, economic, environmental, or industrial significance. Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Sep 30, 2007 - 9 answers

a broken bank

Credit Scores: Any reason to keep a bank account open? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 on Sep 24, 2007 - 6 answers

Favorite History of Science Books

What are the best history of science books for the intelligent layperson? Some examples along these lines include Richard Rhodes' "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", David Bodanis' "E=mc2" and Dava Sobel's "Longitude"; books which mix equally well the explanation of scientific concepts with historical/biographical storytelling, and are not intended for practitioners of the field. In addition to general suggestions, specific recommendations about the history of probability & statistics and the history of science in the ancient/medieval world would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
posted by lorenzism on Sep 22, 2007 - 37 answers

Depress me!

Deforestation. Extinction. Soil depletion. Toxicity. Mental illness. Mass imprisonment. Neocolonialism. Etceterugh. What should one read for a better comprehension of just what the hell we're doing to the planet, ourselves, and eachother? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Sep 21, 2007 - 45 answers

In a hundred years, they'll be looking for people who had something, anything, to do with Beanie Babies.

Where can I find people who have some relationship to convict-leasing in the southern United States? Are there historical societies (African American or otherwise) that can direct me to older people who can talk about what it was like? Where else can I look? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Sep 18, 2007 - 4 answers

The Little Traveling Shot

What is the earliest generally-accepted use in commercial cinema of the following three shots: a lens-based zoom, in or out; a traveling shot using a dolly to follow a scene's protagonist (as in moving from room to room laterally); and a traveling shot using a dolly to effectively create a zoom, in which the framing of the protagonist becomes tighter as a result of a shorter distance to the subject? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Sep 18, 2007 - 5 answers

History of handguns show

Help me figure out the TV show and episode I saw on the history of handguns (or specifically the revolver). [more inside]
posted by doctorcurly on Sep 12, 2007 - 7 answers

Took courses, got A's, still not sure what it is.

When I was younger, I read a sociology textbook trying to find out why sociology was treated as a separate discipline and how it differs fundamentally from the other social sciences. I learned a lot about Weber and Durkheim, but I still don't get it. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Sep 11, 2007 - 12 answers

Middle School History Project

My 13 year old daughter asked for help in coming up with ideas for a paper she needs to write for her history class. She needs to write about any historical event or figure that can be used to illustrate both conflict and compromise. I am trying to come up with a topic that would be fun for her to research but not so common that 1/2 the class will be writing about the same thing. Any ideas?
posted by superduperfly on Sep 10, 2007 - 33 answers

When the past isn't even a foreign country

Which aspects of everyday life for Samuel Johnson or Benjamin Franklin have now essentially vanished from the world? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Sep 10, 2007 - 54 answers

Clearly there were a lot of divers and they needed help with their wetsuits.

What is meant by the phrase "divers others" at the bottom of this page.
posted by 517 on Sep 9, 2007 - 15 answers

"Gonna take some time to do the things we never ha-aa-aaaa-aa-ad"

I'm looking for a great (introductory) book on the history of the African continent. [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Sep 9, 2007 - 8 answers

Where can I find historic newspaper circulation data?

Where do I find data about 1940s newspaper circulation? I want to see what was going on with newspaper readership in the 1940s, before, during and after WWII. I think that newspaper readership went up during the war and am trying to find data to prove it! I'm looking for 1940s circulation statistics for some of the big newspapers (NY times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune & Christian Science Monitor). I am finding very little reliable information. Is there a reference librarian in the house who could point me towards a reference book or source?
posted by pluckysparrow on Sep 6, 2007 - 4 answers

Which movies depict the USA with an alternate history?

Which movies portray an alternate history of the USA? [more inside]
posted by bryanboyer on Sep 6, 2007 - 28 answers

What is the prefered way to represent status changes over time in a relational database?

What is the prefered way to represent status changes over time in a relational database? [more inside]
posted by kimota on Sep 4, 2007 - 17 answers

1919 Music

Seeking recordings of American popular music from 1919 and therabouts. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 4, 2007 - 16 answers

Mefites, lend me your ears (and book recommendations)

What are your favorite books on the Roman Empire? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Aug 30, 2007 - 29 answers

Legally finding someone's military history?

Is there any legal way to find out a person's military history? [more inside]
posted by sidereal on Aug 29, 2007 - 13 answers

How to display my parents history?

Want to display some items from my parent's past. What is the best way? [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy on Aug 25, 2007 - 7 answers

Where is a good U.S. map showing the nation in 1865?

Where is a good online map depicting the U.S. as it appeared in 1865? I'm particularly interested in the topography of the Midwest and West. Thanks!
posted by jackypaper on Aug 23, 2007 - 6 answers


Where does the "hand shooting up from out of the grave" movie cliché come from? [more inside]
posted by ckolderup on Aug 15, 2007 - 26 answers

What are Web 2.0's effects on American politics?

I always hear that blogging and YouTube are (and/or will be) revolutionary in American politics. Is this true? How so? Can you recommend recent books, academic articles, extended blog posts and other media that demonstrate (or argue against) the effects of blogging, citizen journalism, social networking web sites and YouTube on American politics? Differing viewpoints would be appreciated!
posted by eswusp86 on Aug 11, 2007 - 8 answers

regarding eugenics

What's a good book about eugenics? [more inside]
posted by Tbola on Aug 2, 2007 - 22 answers

What types of fur were used for the collars of men's overcoats in Edwardian England?

What types of fur were used for the collars of men's overcoats around 1890-1910 in England or the U.S.? Or -- can you recommend a great resource on the history of fur in fashion? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Aug 1, 2007 - 7 answers

What's the best book on Lewis and Clark?

What is the most readable account of the Lewis and Clark expedition? I'm looking for something not as dense and dry as a history textbook, but not skimpy on the details, either. I don't mind long books, and in fact prefer them, but I have no desire to wade through "scholarly" writing. I want an entertaining, fact-filled, layman's book that traces the lives and trials of Lewis and Clark and their fateful quest for the Pacific. Of the hundreds out there, which is best?
posted by jackypaper on Jul 25, 2007 - 14 answers

Help Me Before the Revolution Commences. . .

Bookfilter: Recommend a good book on Leon Trotsky and Trotskyism. [more inside]
posted by boubelium on Jul 10, 2007 - 6 answers

Looking for European history ebooks

I'm trying to find public domain ebooks on European history, particularly from the time of Louis XIV. [more inside]
posted by happyturtle on Jul 7, 2007 - 2 answers

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1899...

I'm looking for books (in English) about Paris in 1899 for a research project. General cultural history is fine, as is a slightly broader period (1890-1910), but I'm looking for more than just a section in a larger French history book. Ideally, I'd find something like Margaret MacMillan's Paris 1919, but for 1899. I'm having difficulty finding something this specific via Google/Amazon/the library, as there are thousands of listings for "Paris", so I'm hoping you'll recommend books you've enjoyed or found useful.
posted by judith on Jul 7, 2007 - 9 answers

Matengna Essay Question Ideas

Help me think of a suitable question for an essay on Mantegna's prints. [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Jul 5, 2007 - 3 answers

What sites might you visit, books might you read, etc., to research writing a western?

What sites might you visit, books might you read, etc., to research writing a western? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Jul 3, 2007 - 21 answers

User navigation taxonomy around keyword

I want to have a visual map of how people navigate the web around a particular topic. I am willing to pay for this. For example, around the term "mortgages" I'd like to know all the ways people search and / or navigate to mortgage sites: e.g., some come from search sites, some referred from finance sites, some navigate directly to Citibank, etc. Any advice?
posted by mtstover on Jul 2, 2007 - 4 answers

The Roman Empire

My wife & I have been netflixing the HBO series "Rome" and continually find ourselves asking "did that really happen?" or "is that historically accurate?", which has lead us to wonder which book is the definitive "must read" to understand the Roman Empire during Caesar's time?
posted by tangyraspberry on Jul 1, 2007 - 25 answers

Who were these masked kids?

Can you provide context for a gas masked army of children? [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Jun 29, 2007 - 16 answers

Books on the 19th century South African diamond industry

What are the best books about the South African diamond industry during the mid-to-late 19th century? [more inside]
posted by stammer on Jun 27, 2007 - 4 answers

History, Anthropology, and Fiction

I'm looking for any historical or anthropological studies of fiction. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint on Jun 21, 2007 - 14 answers

History blogs?

Favorite blogs about history? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Jun 21, 2007 - 8 answers

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