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Top new questions this week:

Did people use to marry much younger during the last millennium?

I've frequently heard it stated that "people used to marry at much younger ages" historically. Recently, these kinds of statements have tended to show up in sociological discussions about young ...

europe social-history demography marriage family  
asked by Athanasius 10 votes
answered by Semaphore 7 votes

What were the conditions of joining or leaving the Holy Roman Empire?

Seeing as several countries in Europe are regularly rethinking whether to join or leave the European Union, I wonder how did countries join or leave the Holy Roman Empire, which was also more like a ...

asked by vsz 7 votes
answered by JMVanPelt 1 vote

Why weren't Australian Aborigines enslaved?

While there are many articles discussing the Australian Aborigines' de facto legalized slavery, or essentially free labor, the fact seems to be that they were never de jure slaves, as Africans were. ...

slavery australia  
asked by CGCampbell 7 votes
answered by Anaryl 4 votes

What changes happened in law enforcement and criminal trials during the Nazi era in Germany?

How, if at all, did the Nazis change the approach taken to everyday crime in the time they were in power? I'm referring to 'normal' crime. I'm not talking about the many crimes that the Nazis ...

asked by Ne Mo 6 votes
answered by Axelrod 3 votes

Which was the earliest book of names for naming babies?

Nowadays one finds books and online websites that help you to name babies. What are the earliest instances of these? I would assume that these would be in Europe, China or the Middle East, but if ...

culture social-history popular-culture  
asked by Rajib 4 votes
answered by Zither13 2 votes

Were crossbows used by the Japanese?

Were crossbows used in any significant way by the Japanese? If so, what period and how were they fielded? I found some very brief references: Jonathan Clements' "A Brief History of the Samurai" ...

japan weapons medieval-japan  
asked by Courtny Cotten 4 votes
answered by Kentaro Tomono 5 votes

Did the Zapatistas actually kill anyone?

The armed Zapatista movement started in 1994 as an armed revolution and spanned more than 20 years. Disambiguation- this is the 1983/1994 movement, not the 1910 movement. It is surprising to note ...

revolution americas mexico  
asked by Rajib 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What do the modern Japanese people think about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Japan has been an ally of the USA for a long time now. On the other hand, every year they observe Hiroshima Day. Moreover, Japanese people visit Yasukuni Shrine. Then what is the catch?

japan nuclear nuclear-weapons  
asked by BROY 19 votes
answered by BrotherJack 24 votes

What were the reasons for the Renaissance / scientific revolution in Europe?

One of the common reasons given for the Renaissance and the subsequent scientific revolution is the rediscovery of classical works by scholars in Europe and the social change that the study of those ...

middle-ages europe byzantine-empire science renaissance  
asked by Opt 33 votes
answered by Hauser 28 votes

Can you answer these?

The region of Viceroy Toledo's Reductions (Reducciones)?

I'm trying to find the geographic boundaries for the native resettlement implemented by Toledo, Viceroy of Peru, as a part of his Toledo reforms. I believe this resettlement is distinct from the ...

colonization south-america  
asked by LBox 3 votes

Did General George Washington actually do this?

During the American Revolution a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier. Their leader was shouting instructions, but made no attempt to help them. ...

asked by Ken The Canuck 1 vote
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