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Easy/Quick/Foolish Historical past Questions Saturday!

Welcome to our Easy/Quick/Foolish historical past questions Saturday thread!

This thread is for all these historical past associated questions which can be too easy, brief or a bit too foolish to warrant their very own submit.

So, do you’ve gotten a query about historical past and have all the time been afraid to ask? Effectively, right now is your fortunate day. Ask away!

In fact all our common guidelines and tips nonetheless apply and to be simply that bit further clear:

Questions should be historic in nature. Foolish doesn’t imply that your query must be a joke. [r/history]( past/) additionally has a discord server the place you possibly can talk about historical past with different fanatics and specialists

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  1. Why did the Ancient Egyptians after the expedition to the Land of Punt, not return and completely conquer the region? They did with Nubia that was the land of Gold, said region of Punt had incense etc.

    Why would they have been comfortable with having to simply trade i.e. paying for said luxuries rather simply owning controlling the region as was done in Nubia?

  2. In WWI, all armies used a lot of horses. But horses are scaredy. How did they manage to keep them well behaved with all the constant artillery and gun fire going on?

  3. In some parts of Internet, it’s well known that old people has been complaning about young people since Ancient times, going back to Socrates. But conversely, what is the earliest historical record we have of young people complaing about old people? (for being uptight/conservative/hypocrite/etc)

  4. What are some good history podcasts on Spotify? I’m listening to “The History of Rome” by Mike Duncan.

  5. I remember hearing that one of the Ottoman leaders (maybe one of the Mehmeds) would offer defeated enemies a choice of death or being sodomized by the Ottoman leader. I have never been able to find a source this. Any truth?

  6. If the escalation of the powdered wig kept escalating and never slowed, what would that look like today?

  7. How did the first piece of code get written after we moved from the vacuum transistor style computers, I couldn’t find an answer.

    I think it’s because I word it poorly, but basically, how did data get on the first blank slate piece of silicon produced.

  8. With royal inheritance only one heir can ascend to the throne, usually the eldest male. Has it ever happened(or how frequent) where a ruling royal family had one of their own heirs killed so another may rule instead?

    Ex, killing an older son so the younger will have the right to be heir instead?

  9. **Posting this here since /r/history seems to remove any post I make.**

    If a people considered indigenous to an area are found to have been predated by another culture does that remove the indigenous status of that people?

    Obviously this could be a bit philosophical but I’ve always thought the term indigenous was sort of broad considering how long humans have been spreading out. I’m curious, is there only one group that can be considered indigenous to an area? If one is found that predates that group is it now the indigenous people? are they both considered indigenous?

    Oxford dictionary defines it as:

    >Indigenous: originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native.

    So by strict definition wouldn’t Africa be the only real place we’re indigenous to? Is it a slippery slope to assign indigenous people to an area knowing that likely other people existed there with no evidence found thus far?

    I’d love to hear all opinions but I’m specifically interested in how that idea works with historians/anthropologists working in the field.

  10. Why was there a draft in the US for the Vietnam war?

  11. Often people label earlier civilizations as “primitive” (which I take to mean less intelligent.) What are some examples of ways they were superior in intelligence?

  12. Is there any difference between the Huns, the Mongols or the Timurids?

  13. I would like to know more about Britain after the Romans left up to the Norman conquest. I’m more interested in how people lived (dressed, worked, interacted, ate…) than a list of battles and invasions. Any good books or documentaries to recommend? I’m not really into podcasts or YouTube videos.

  14. How did royal courts get their dwarves? Were families obliged to “gift” them to kings and queens or did they do so willingly, rather than raise a relatively unproductive laborer? It’s said that a sister of Peter the Great owned 93 dwarves, what would their lives have been like? Do we have any written accounts from their perspective?

  15. When did humans “discover “ dinosaurs?

  16. The rear view mirror of history tends to point out only the highlights. Regime changes, landmarks, major wars, that sort of thing. You can only test students on so many things, and there are huge gaps in expected common knowledge. When history teachers look back on the last 100 years from now, what do you think the highlights on school tests will be?

  17. A day in the life of a medieval sheep herder (not during lambing or sheering season)

  18. Why did the Southern States want to expand slavery so badly?

  19. Which is older? Ancient or Antiquity?

  20. Generally speaking, how did the movie Braveheart deviate from actual history?

  21. How far do you agree that in the English educational system, kings who generally fit in with the stereotypical “king” epitome (eg John, Henry VIII, Charles I) are given an unfair precedent?

  22. Hey guys, looking for a history podcast recommendation. Mike Duncan’s History of Rome was my first ever history podcast, I loved it and when that ended I switched straight to History of Byzantium and loved that even more. I’ve reached the end of that podcast so I am now 450 episodes deep into narrative history. The year is 1180 and I don’t want to stop, I want to continue the story, in chronological order…

    So I’m looking for a podcast I can binge that

    1) is set in Europe or the Middle East

    2) narrative format (e.g. year by year storytelling)

    3) begins at OR includes the latter half of the 12th century (1150-1200 AD), so I can jump straight to where I left off

    4) preferably follows a similar format to HoR/HoB – so, military history but also economic, social, religion etc

    5) I actually preferred HoB’s more _academic_ approach – interviews with leading historians interspersed through the narrative, so if possible would love that

    Any ideas?

  23. I don’t understand the rules of this sub, if questions are only for r/askhistorians, then why is the main page always full of well questions? Even the question is not aimed at “experts”.

    Is it just a dice roll, on whether the mods let your specific question be posted?

  24. Battle of Leuctra seems pretty famous for its insane 50 deep column from the Theban sides. Is there any other battles you have in mind where a deep column is used to great effect?

  25. Ancient Rome – how many times will a soldier throw their javelin/pila before charging in and how good is the result?

    If you have any references for this, that’d be nice too.

  26. According to Edmund Morris in The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, the President invited “all citizens who are sober, washed, and free of bodily advertising,” to come and meet him.

    What does bodily advertising mean?

  27. Does anyone know any good YouTube videos that describe the nine years war? Literally seems like no one’s covered it!

  28. I’ve just found an interest in history and have just been listening to podcasts/ audiobooks in no particular order, is this a good was to learn or should I try more in a more sequential order ?

  29. What did the nine years war have to do with the Salem witch trials?

  30. Reading Wolf hall atm, just wondering if Henry VIII had an illegitimate son who was one of the most powerful lords in the country, why not legitimise him and sort out your male heir problem? Seems more convenient than the route he eventually took.

  31. Did medieval archers sign or tag their arrows so they could tell who’s arrow got a kill? Especially during volleys?

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