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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 got a query about historical past and have all the time been afraid to ask? Properly, at the moment is your fortunate day. Ask away!

After all all our common guidelines and pointers nonetheless apply and to be simply that bit additional clear:

Questions should be historic in nature. Foolish doesn’t imply that your query ought to be a joke. [r/history](https://www.reddit.com/r/historical past/) additionally has a discord server the place you’ll be able to talk about historical past with different lovers and consultants

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  1. What is the history of cars and keys? Did they always have them, separate for doors and start up, or something more complicated?

  2. Why did Tutankhamun’s treasures like the iconic gold mask end up staying in an Egyptian museum (aside from the world tours, of course) instead of ending up in a British museum? The exhibition was led by Howard Carter, an Englishman.

    I’m just saying it’s not often a country like Egypt gets to keep its cultural heritage, at least back then.

  3. I read online, earlier this week, that one of the biggest code breaking leaks/espionage was done by the Dutch against the United States after WW2. The method? Good manners. In which they got the machines, and even codebooks. Is that even remotely true, can’t find anything online about it…

  4. why are historical figures painted differently in paintings? For example Napoleon, in some paintings he has blue eyes in some brown and in some even green (in the ones where he is in emperor clothes). What was his real eye color and why did painters paint historical figures and people differently?

  5. What comes first: The road or the town?

  6. Were there any events like the ww1 Christmas truce in ww2?

    I know about the time allied soldiers and the German army fought against the SS but no other. Can someone name any?

  7. I was recently at a short lecture about the development of the alphabeth. The professor mentioned an old king being upset for someone sending him a message using letter from an alphabeth of some kind, as he prefered cuneiform. I can’t find his name or information about this online. Perhaps someone here knows?

  8. Since I’m not sure I can post it I will ask here

    There’s been a new ai that surfaced recently which allows people to talk to historical figures. It’s apparently has controversial figures such as Himmler and Eichman available. While in principle it doesn’t seem like a bad idea the conversation seem to be stirred towards apologia and sometimes bordering on conspiracy. It feels like the type of thing where historians will be left trying to untangle all the misconceptions created. I would like to know however what y’all think regarding this new development

  9. Compared to the US what period in time is China in economically?

    I felt like there are a lot of parallels between China and the US. China is a country currently shifting away from being a low-quality producer and becoming a country with an exploding middle class, growing domestic brands, and a ton of innovation. At what point in US history were we similar to that?

    Would this be like a roaring 20s or is there a period in the US that more closely parallels?

  10. Hello people!

    I’ve been reading a lot on the Renaissance lately and have been fascinated with the Florentine society called The Company of the Cauldron. I’m trying to find some sort of emblem/logo/insignia for it but I’ve had no luck. Was just wondering if anyone can help me out with my search!

  11. Sometimes a society’s culture is developed in relation to it’s competitors. For example the USA adopted it’s motto and several patriotic rituals in response to the Soviet Union. Is there an example of this with Rome in regards to the Parthians/Persians? Was there anything of note that developed in Rome based on the challenges Parthia presented beyond military strategy? I don’t mean “popular in Persia and it spread”, but like “In god we trust” being stamped on money as a direct response to the perceived stance of the competition?

  12. What was the largest city ever conquered?

  13. Looking for a book(s) recommendation, I’d like to read about the early interactions between Native Americans and newly arrived Europeans. English, Spanish or French doesn’t matter, just accountings of how the people within colonial powers interacted with their neighbors.

  14. Question: Was there any specific criteria for the differentiation between autonomous republics of the Russian SSR (like Tatarstan) and for the USSR republics properly (like Kazakhstan)?

    That is, why did some of the ethnic minorities of the Russian Empire just got to be autonomous republics within Russia and not direct Soviet republics?

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