History

Greek History vs Mythology

I am having trouble distinguishing History from Mythology, especially in the context of Greek Mythology. The internet sources have a narrative that intermixes both. After reading for a few minutes I easily lose track of whether I am reading history or mythology. I understand that it is not easy to ....

Mateo Mateo: yesterday

History

When and why did marriage become about love?

In ancient times, marriage was an institution among the wealthy, arranged entirely by parents as part of their political and economic strategy. Many cultures saw love as an impediment to marriage, best practiced outside of it. When did the modern idea of love-based marriage become common? I'm looking at two ....

Addison Addison: yesterday

History

Did monotheistic religions play a role in shaping the belief that political power should be in the hands of an all powerful monarch?

When reflecting on the past, is there a pattern in human societies whereby political power was entrusted in a sovereign with virtually absolute power under monarchies? In other words, did Kings and Emperors feel the check of the people or other officials more under predominantly monotheistic societies? Today the fall ....

Isabella Isabella: yesterday

History

Did Mussolini know that Hitler was going to attack Poland?

Did Hitler inform Mussolini of his decision to attack Poland in advance? Was Mussolini in favour? ....

Nevaeh Nevaeh: yesterday

History

In the 18th c., did/would China accept gold from Europe as trade payment? Why / why not?

In reading about the historical Opium situation in China, the silver trade is mentioned again and again. I get the impression that China only accepted silver, even though I have never seen gold mentioned at all. I am not a scholar, but to my knowledge gold has never been rejected ....

Eliana Eliana: yesterday

History

How did the crusaders "know" that they found the Holy Blood?

The Basilica of the Holy Blood, a church in Bruges (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_the_Holy_Blood), claims they hold the Holy Blood and the main thesis is that it was brought to Bruges by the Second Crusade (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Crusade). Note that in 1964, Nicolas Huyghebaert published a study in which he claims that the Holy Blood ....

Chloe Chloe: 2 days ago

History

Did a significant number of women drive in late 1950s/1960s USA?

During lockdown, I have become addicted to old 1950s/60s Perry Mason series. I am struck by the number of women, from all walks of life - waitresses to wealthy matrons - who owned and drove their own vehicles. I am wondering how authentic this picture is, but humbly admit I ....

Jackson Jackson: 2 days ago

History

Were Christians really burned for lighting by Nero?

I presume after fire of Rome Nero persecuted Christians. But it is the form of persecution which interest me since Tacitus writes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Fire_of_Rome#Rumors_of_arson_and_the_persecution_of_Christians) Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, ....

Isabella Isabella: 2 days ago

History

Did "el Empecinado" fight in the Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo (1810)?

I'm writing a little piece on Juan Martín Díez, el Empecinado (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Mart%C3%ADn_D%C3%ADez) (the most famous Spanish guerrilla leader of the Peninsular War), and I need to know if he took part in the defence of Ciudad Rodrigo during the siege conducted by Marshal Ney in 1810. The Wikipedia article on ....

Lincoln Lincoln: 2 days ago

History

Valid source of Greek historical periods , in a URL

I am writing a paper and I have to include all the historical eras of Greece as a pre-defined "vocabulary" for a metadata schema. This vocabulary has to be online and be accessible via a URL. So I am searching for a URL that contains all the historical eras of ....

Joseph Joseph: 2 days ago