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Sunday Digest | Interesting & Overlooked Posts | June 20, 2021
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Short Answers to Simple Questions | June 16, 2021
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Posted by u/Rome_Leader
In the early days of seafaring exploration, when news/maps travelled more slowly, did places often get "discovered" twice by Europeans? How were disputes handled/resolved?
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Posted by u/Khwarezm
Are the Indian subcontinent's current religious divisions a construct of intentional British colonial policy during their colonial rule?
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Posted by u/EnclavedMicrostate
Much of Mein Kampf apparently involves ranting about the status of the Southern Tirol, which Italy had annexed from Austria at the end of WWI. Why this obsession with a piece of Alpine territory? And how typical were Hitler's views on the matter within Austria and/or Germany?
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Posted by u/emsot
Why are car-related words so different in British and American English?
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Posted by u/-Constantinos-
Would there have been name humour as we know it in medeival Europe?
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Posted by u/EDG723
Until which point in time did the English/Anglo-Saxons perceive themselves as Germanic? Was there such a time at all?
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Posted by u/Pashahlis
Why is the 19th century Russian Empire described as being "autocratic", while other similar 19th century states, such as the Austrian Empire, are not described as such, despite also being very illiberal? Why is "autocratic" a description only used for the Russian Empire? What was unique about it?
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Posted by u/King_of_Avon
What is the history of the spread of yoga?
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Posted by u/ShonenSuki
What kind of lifestyle would a Prince-Bishop or Prince-Abbot of the Holy Roman Empire around the year 1300 enjoy? How much time would be spent on religious affairs compared to secular and what kind of pleasures would be considered acceptable?
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Posted by u/Darth_Memer_1916
Why are Scottish 'Colonies' so evangelical but Scotland itself isn't.
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Posted by u/petrovich-jpeg
Why did Oliver Cromwell allow Jews to return to England?
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Posted by u/ToLiveInIreland
What exactly is meant by the 'palace culture' of Mycenaean Greece?
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Posted by u/lightrulero
Given the role Quakers played in the abolitionist movement, why didn't slaves or freed people become Quakers in large numbers?
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Posted by u/Fumblerful-
Yalta, Tehran, these conferences would not just decide the fate of ww2, but even the world after. But, more importantly, what was the catering like? What did the delegates eat?
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Posted by u/swagboydeathfist
Why does Dutch have little to no French influence while English was completely changed. Even though both were under French rule.
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Posted by u/justhereforhides
The hamburger seems to be unique that it can be found in both 5-star restaurants and at fast food locations, did it originate as a piece of fine dining that's been brought to the masses or vice versa?
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Posted by u/PubliusVirgilius
Typical stereotypes associated with Germany seem to have originally been associated with Prussia. What behaviours and stereotypes were considered German before Prussia began to dominate the other German states and unified them?
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Posted by u/Anarchist_Monarch
Why did Königsberg became part of Russian SFSR, not Poland or Lithuanian SSR, despite being separated fron mainland Russia?
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Posted by u/Garrison-Gord
Why were catholics in Italy seemingly so nonchalant about their nation besieging and being at war with the head of their faith?
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Posted by u/Cocktupus
How did names like Tracey and Stacey, which are exclusively girl's names in the UK, come to be unisex names in the USA?
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Posted by u/jurble
Why is the Japanese Yen so weak in terms of one unit? Did the Japanese economy experience hyperinflation at some point and then stabilize or was the yen designed to trade in the thousands for daily stuff?
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Posted by u/almosteddard
Is there any evidence of viking explorers transmitting European diseases to the indigenous peoples they encountered in North America ?
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Posted by u/IRunThisBeach
Did the Allies need permission to bomb occupied nations in WW2?
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Posted by u/Leon_Art
Petra/Raqmu (Jordan) was painted, what did it look like?
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Posted by u/Turret_Run
Are there any other sources for the Blackfoot sun and moon myth?
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Posted by u/historyteacher48
What was the court of the Kingdom of Haiti like? Did it function similarly to any other feudal courts or was it a unique institution?
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Posted by u/Cloone11
Historical uses of Tax Resistance
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Posted by u/Fishbien
What was the literacy rate in the Middle East during the Islamic Golden Age?
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Posted by u/wafflelegion
Why was the Tiber Island never that important in the city of Rome?
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Posted by u/RusticBohemian
Nazi Germany and Japan were famously fanatical, long enduring casualties that would have caused most nations to capitulate. How unusual was this level of fanaticism historically?
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Posted by u/Melvalorum
What is the actual historical consensus on the idea that Michel Ney, Marshal of France, actually survived the Napoléonic Wars and lived out the rest of his days as a school teacher in the United States?
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Posted by u/screwyoushadowban
How did large pre-modern and early modern states prepare for or deal with social problems caused by demobilization after conflicts?
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Posted by u/Markoscream
Danelaw and relations between the Danes and the Norwegians
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Posted by u/Reddit_Therapist_
Is there any knowledge of what early European settlers in America thought of the West?
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Posted by u/2012Jesusdies
Why did the Soviets put so much emphasis on amphibious, sea-land warfare even before WW2 despite being primarily a land warfare nation?
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Posted by u/domwx
Modern militaries use formal systems for cataloguing their equipment and arsenals, is this a concept that would be familiar to historic militaries with well-standardised equipment?
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Posted by u/RusticBohemian
What made dominating colonial holdings harder after WWII?
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Posted by u/TheDorkNite1
Was there any programs America did for 4F's in WWII to allow them to contribute to the war effort?
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Posted by u/wolverine237
What factors led to the development of fortified, hilltop castles in Japan?
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Posted by u/DanTheTerrible
Do we really know how tall Napoleon was?
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Posted by u/azdac7
Why was the Civil Rights Movement successful?
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Posted by u/BlackMarketMtnDew
I've noticed a few examples of shared names between Egyptians and Greeks. They both have cities named Thebes, the Greek poet Horace and the Egyptian God Horace share names, etc. What's going on here? Was this common across cultures at the time or was there something special between Greece and Egypt?
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Posted by u/FredAbb
Did the presence of swords and (non-military) trained swordfighters in medieval Europa (500 to 1500) make a particular area safer, or less safe?
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Posted by u/MrBlue149
How accurate are leftist talking points bout the CIA?
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Posted by u/Richardthetiherheart
In the quest for the historical Jesus, historians and biblical scholars tend to view the synoptic gospels as a more trustworthy source than the Gospel of John. Does John contain any historical information not found in the synoptic Gospels?
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Posted by u/RusticBohemian
Why did Japan throw almost all their remaining manpower and supplies into a offensive against China while America was breathing down their necks, hopping islands toward their homeland?
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Posted by u/AManOfManyWords
What was done to/with the various landholdings that Napoleon had given out as grants (rents), after his abdication?
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Posted by u/PS_Sullys
What was the extent of the secession movement in Delaware?
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Posted by u/edwardtaughtme
In "The Right Stuff," Wolfe claims that the stereotypical pilot/ATC voice originated from other pilots mimicking West Virginian Chuck Yeager's distinctive voice. Is this correct?
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Posted by u/jiaxingseng
I'm wondering what life was like in Havana in the late 17th century. Also could anyone recommend a good book about this?
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