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Tété-Michel Kpomassie: Where is He Now

Tété-Michel Kpomassie: where is he now? Whatever happened to him? I can't find other books by him after An African in Greenland; I've read he eventually received French citizenship and lives there now - but what does he do? He must have written other books or articles, right? Anyone know?
posted by luriete on Sep 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Songs about the past...

MixCD filter: Acro's comment in this post sparked an idea. And so now I am seeking songs about specific historic events. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Sep 2, 2008 - 40 answers

Should Immigrants Be Required to Learn a National Language?

What are the reasons for and against constitutionally requiring a specific national language? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Aug 28, 2008 - 74 answers

Books whose title is a specific year?

Looking for popular history books whose title is or starts with a specific year - 1776, 1491, 69 A.D., etc. A subtitle after the year is fine, but the title needs to start with a specific date. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Aug 24, 2008 - 28 answers

History of the Great Depression?

What is the definitive economic history that details contemporary thought regarding the Great Depression? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Aug 23, 2008 - 8 answers

Any battle where there were no survivors?

Any battle where there were no survivors? Last two men standing kill each other as well? History preferred, literature accepted.
posted by IndigoJones on Aug 22, 2008 - 24 answers

What's the worst part of being an archivist?

I'm thinking of going back to school to study public history, but I'm not sure what angle yet. Tell me all the juicy (read: horrible) details about being an archivist. The stuff I'm not likely to get from schools or job descriptions.
posted by Roman Graves on Aug 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Mongol Nazis?!

A friend of mine has just returned from Mongolia and was describing roving mad-max style gangs of men using Nazi symbols, with apparently limited understanding of their meaning in the west. Where can I read more about Mongolian Nazis? Is this really prevalent? How did they come to hear about Nazis in the first place? Do they get along with western neo-nazis (despite being ethnically Mongolian)? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Aug 16, 2008 - 19 answers

Gifts for new NYC-er and future journalist

Care package ideas for a new journalism grad student and New Yorker- [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Aug 14, 2008 - 12 answers

ZomBay Critical Mass

AquaticNecromancyFilter: Combined, the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley employ about 3500 uniformed police officers. Do they outnumber the army that could be raised by dark magic from the floor of the San Francisco Bay? Approximately how many entire sets of human skeletal remains are there in that body of water, considering disasters, shipwrecks, bridge jumpers, tidal movement of sediment, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Aug 13, 2008 - 21 answers

A good book on Irish History?

Any recommendations on books covering Irish history? [more inside]
posted by Dennis Murphy on Aug 11, 2008 - 13 answers

A glass darkly

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?
posted by Artw on Aug 10, 2008 - 12 answers

Recent poetry, fiction, histories re: Cork, Ireland?

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.
posted by quarterframer on Aug 7, 2008 - 3 answers

Cultural history of 1920s-1930s Japan?

Help me find a book on Japanese life and culture in the early part of the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Aug 4, 2008 - 10 answers

History ---> Cash

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]
posted by Avenger on Jul 29, 2008 - 33 answers

What's in a name?

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?
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 28, 2008 - 12 answers

Switzerland in 1817

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]
posted by Zarkonnen on Jul 25, 2008 - 11 answers

African American deserter in WWII that lead a tribe in India?

African American deserter in WWII that lead a tribe in India? [more inside]
posted by brownbat on Jul 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Pasta la vista, baby!

Why the long noodle? [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson on Jul 21, 2008 - 16 answers

Stories about WWI/WWII home fronts

Please recommend me some great books about the home front during WWI or WWII. [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Jul 21, 2008 - 26 answers

200 Years of State History on $0.00 (in useful materials) a Day!

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]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jul 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details.

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jul 16, 2008 - 14 answers

Looking for books about history of technologies

Looking for good books on the history of technologies. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Jul 16, 2008 - 17 answers

Alternate geological histories

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]
posted by Chairboy on Jul 14, 2008 - 11 answers

How to argue against nationalism

HistoryFilter: What popular historical myths are there about Portuguese and English History? [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Jul 12, 2008 - 9 answers

Great, absorbing books and films showing life in different times and places

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]
posted by MetaMonkey on Jul 12, 2008 - 29 answers

You have a Shaker Knowldege Gift

Good books on Shaker history? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Jul 9, 2008 - 8 answers

How did pre-industrial leather tanning work?

AskMe Reference Desk: Pre-industrial production and trade of leather and leather goods - how did it work? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Jul 6, 2008 - 5 answers

What did pre-Enlightenment geekery look like?

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?
posted by sonofslim on Jul 4, 2008 - 20 answers

Why polenta but not corn on the cob?

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]
posted by nev on Jul 4, 2008 - 13 answers

Looking for info about the "hong kong underground railroad".

Does anyone know more about the "underground railroad" that whisked some student leaders to safety after the Tienanmen Square massacre in 1989? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Jul 3, 2008 - 5 answers

I don't want to have to pay to find a job.

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?
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron on Jul 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Hūsker Dū?

Is there a word or term for the following condition? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Jul 1, 2008 - 24 answers

1930s Hawaii address, where is it?

How do I find the modern geographical location of an old Hawaii address that no longer exists? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Jun 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Funes the Memorious

What happened to Calpurnia after Julius Caeser's death? [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Jun 28, 2008 - 10 answers

New England & American Studies Programs - Help Make Me Smart About Them

American Studies scholars, please help me compare 2 programs in New England and American Studies and get some general advice. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 23, 2008 - 10 answers

What's going on in the world?

I need basic info about current events. [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Jun 18, 2008 - 13 answers

American History via DVD

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.
posted by IndigoJones on Jun 13, 2008 - 12 answers

I need some portable history for my commute!

Is the Eugen Weber lecture series 'The Western Tradition' available via podcast? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Jun 11, 2008 - 1 answer

I need a good book on European history

So Mrs Mutant purchased a BBC series , The Tudors, and watching it has raised lots of questions about the real events. [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Jun 10, 2008 - 15 answers

Wiley debated USC in 1935, but on what topic?

Wiley College famously debated University of Southern California in 1935. What was the topic? [more inside]
posted by brownbat on Jun 7, 2008 - 2 answers

So, do ya think it still works?

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]
posted by miss lynnster on Jun 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Undeniable Examples of Women Geniuses?

GeniusFilter: Help me win an argument and prove that there ARE undeniable examples of women geniuses throughout history or even today. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jun 4, 2008 - 62 answers

Where can people ask and receive personal recollections from old folks online?

Is there a specific place on the internet where younger people can ask and receive personal recollections from elders? [more inside]
posted by quarterframer on Jun 4, 2008 - 4 answers

Greensboro to Cape Fear

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]
posted by jammy on May 29, 2008 - 6 answers

What was life like behind the iron curtain?

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]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2008 - 25 answers

Good Historic books

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]
posted by Margalo Epps on May 24, 2008 - 39 answers

Who has succeeded most in bringing people together?

What are some powerful examples throughout history of public figures or concepts that have successfully united disparate people?
posted by deern the headlice on May 23, 2008 - 24 answers

Discovering new works from ancient Greece or Rome?

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?
posted by mediareport on May 19, 2008 - 17 answers

Help Me Research My Curriculum

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.
posted by partner on May 16, 2008 - 12 answers

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