Easy/Quick/Foolish Historical past Questions Saturday!
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I’m rereading “A History of the world in 100 objects” by Neil MacGregor, previously Director of the British Museum. The author is delightfully scholarly and funny. I had to stop in disbelief and consult history online when he described the Vale of York hoard. Although many will scoff at my entertaining the belief that King Arthur, the dux bellorum, threw out out Viking and German invaders around 500 AD Mr MacGregor shocked me with the news that around 900 AD was when a different warrior king accomplished this. And he was an Anglo Saxon – exactly the people that King Arthur worked to defeat. MacGregor says that “Kiev and York were both Viking cities.” That “Vikings captured people to sell as slaves in the great market of Kiev. .. which explains why in so many European languages the words for slave and slav are still closely connected.”
King Arthur still casts a lovely light in me, but that the invaders he worked so long to defeat wound up saving the nation is a sad adjustment.
**50 million or 70 million loses during the Second World War. Why are there such big differences?**
One thing that caught my attention is how big the distribution is between the losses during the Second World War. Sometimes, whether it’s in documentaries or history books, I see 50 million, and in other cases, I see numbers as high as 70 million. 20 million is a lot, where do these big differences come from? Are 50 million those who died in Europe, and 70 million leave when the Asian front is counted, or something else entirely?
How did some native American cultures (Mayas, Aztecs, Inkas,…) despite thousands years of completely separation from “old world” independently developed many similar fetatures, institutions, societial structures, habbits, etc. like in old world, for example agriculture, living in cities, organized religion, empires and kingdoms, waging wars, having “nobility”, marriage, slavery, having markets for goods, building bridges, irrigation, boats and ships, stone houses, even pyramides? Or maybe better question, where these features really that similar or is it our simplified view?
During Protestant Reformation wars, if an army found Bibles with books that weren’t canon to their version what would they do with the books?
Why did the Native Americans not suffer from disease etc. when the Vikings landed, and traded with the inhabitants of Vinland? Weren’t they established there for a number of years?
Why didn’t Finland join NATO after WW2 considering the Soviets and them had multiple wars only a few years prior?
How many people died in the Great War?
How is it that we don’t have a lot more historical information about ancient Rome. They were so huge, influenced so many people, seems hard to believe more information is not around today than there is. Is there any reason from this?
How did large medieval battles happen? Did the two sides just agree to meet up in a field somewhere, or were they waiting?
I’ve read that there is 6 shared powers between the United States federal government, and state governments but couldn’t find what the 6 are! Anyone have any ideas?
Who were the American people in 1776? What ethnicity/race were they? I always thought technically since they speak English. Americans have British blood. So why did the British fight the Americans? Were they just fighting other British people?
When people talk about the population of Rome declining, they’re usually talking about after the Western empire fell; but in fact, it appears to have been on the dole for virtually since the empire began with Augustus. Why is this?
Was Hitler actually “inspired” by American Slavery & Jim Crow? Did he learn how to treat Jews based on the way Americans treated blacks?
Did the UN do anything to help in Rwanda? Or did they only show up to help foreign diplomats?
Was the Almohad caliphate to blame for the Spanish inquisition?
Recently i have finished the memories of a napoleonic soldier, i like very much this type of book. Anyone knows another example of soldier who wrote his memories? Does not matter the time. Thanks.
I’m writting here because i dont know how post in the main subreddit
When did European states move from decentralized lands ruled by nobles to a centralized country under 1 figurehead
What other peoples did Scandinavians historically mix with, besides the Sami and Germans?
What if the the Kamikaze who hit USS Enterprise on 14 May 1945 suck her would that have any influence on US moral and her overall legacy ?
What is the best movie about the war?