History

What if a slave entered a state without slavery?

I was told that a slave entering a sovereign state that has abolished slavery is automatically freed. However, I was only able to trace legal statements on this for ships travelling under the flag of a state that has abolished slavery. Were there any states which also applied this to ....

Weston Weston: 2 days ago

History

Adapting clothes, weapons, tools and customs from other nations in the middle ages - judging plausability

Background Im into historical reenactment and and a member of a "knights brotherhood" (couldnt find a percise translation of the term "bractwo rycerskie"). We are trying to recreate the material culture of the past, in our particular case, XIV and XV centuries. We are trying to be as accurate as ....

Penelope Penelope: 3 days ago

History

Why weren't the Faroe Islands ever conquered by Britain?

Here are the Faroe Islands: According to the history I read, they've always been under Denmark's control except in the middle of WWII. Why weren't these ever conquered by Britain? They seem close enough, almost as close as the Shetland Islands (which have been Scottish and/or British since the 1300's). ....

Amelia Amelia: 3 days ago

History

Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?

What purpose was served by Argentina's occupation of South Georgia immediately prior to the invasion of the Falklands? The famously elaborate operation, involving marines masquerading as scrap metal merchants and obscure diplomatic slights would appear to have achieved nothing of value. A miniature side show compared to the main Falklands ....

Isabella Isabella: 3 days ago

History

Any historical documented cases of language acquisition?

I am looking for historical documented cases where some person or group of people learned a (second, non-native)language (= gained ability to communicate) with no prior knowledge of the target language through being immersed in ~100% target language community. This could be pretty much anything. Examples (random): a diary of ....

Hudson Hudson: 3 days ago

History

Where is the bloodiest area with most deaths within a single day?

Caused by war or other violent encounters, where have the most people died throughout history within a single day? These should include deaths at the hands of others, or themselves, using any conventional weapons (swords, bow/arrows/guns, etc). These could be from beginning of history to today. For example, during the ....

Isaac Isaac: 3 days ago

History

How were the Bulgarians regarded by the Nazis during World War II?

On one hand, the Bulgarians "signed on," with Nazi Germany when the latter was looking for Balkan allies against Russia. So did Hungary and Romania. Hungary had been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during World War I, and also had an alliance with Italy (against Yugoslavia). Romania had been pro-Allied ....

Emily Emily: 3 days ago

History

Is there evidence that scrubbing floors on one's hands and knees was a commonplace drudgery for women in the past?

Scrubbing floors on one's hands and knees is a common image used to highlight the drudgery and poor social status of women in the past. Was cleaning floors in this way actually common in the past or is this hyperbole? ....

Anna Anna: 3 days ago

History

Was every Roman citizen part of a curia?

In a book by German historian Klaus Bringmann, I read that during the regal period, the whole population was divided into three tribes. He furthermore states that each tribe was divided into 10 curiae and plebs. So my first interpretation was that a Roman citizen was either part of a ....

Isaac Isaac: 3 days ago

History

Was ever a poisoning prevented by the person accustoming themselves to poison beforehand (Mithridatism)?

From Wikipedia: Mithridatism is the practice of protecting oneself against a poison by gradually self-administering non-lethal amounts. The word is derived from Mithridates VI, the King of Pontus, who so feared being poisoned that he regularly ingested small doses, aiming to develop immunity.Wikipedia:Mithridatism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithridatism) Regretfully there is not a lot ....

Declan Declan: 4 days ago