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"Jingle Bell Rock "和 "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree "分别于1957年和1958年面世。这些新奇的摇滚圣诞歌曲是独一无二的,还是它们只是20世纪50年代末一个更大的趋势中最持久和最值得记住的例子?

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#AskHistorians

My grandfather used to joke “You can sum up Russian history in five words: And Then It Got Worse.” How old is this joke, and the idea that Russia is a uniquely unfortunate country? (www.reddit.com)
What was the American public's reaction to Reagan's firing of 11k ATC workers in 1981? Did this have any economic impacts to the country? Did it cause flight delays? How did all those airports find new employees all of a sudden (or were the fired members quietly rehired)? (www.reddit.com)
Why is soccer so prevalent around the globe? When did that start, and how was it culturally transmitted? (www.reddit.com)
Switzerland, Austria and Germany famously have "hidden champions" - small and mid-sized enterprises that are world leaders in their field but relatively obscure. Are there any goods reads on how they became so successful and history behind it? (www.reddit.com)
What is the origin of the "so-so" hand gesture, where the hand is held flat with the palm facing the ground and then slightly rocked back and forth? (www.reddit.com)
The Roman Empire: how to respond to Internet pseudohistory? (www.reddit.com)
When the ‘new world’ was discovered, was the information kept secret? We’re there fears of how the masses would react to hearing of another world? (www.reddit.com)
Some Mexicans have Nahuatl surnames (e.g., Poctzin, Xico(h)téncatl, etc.). Are these survivals from pre-colonial times, later national-romantic/indigenist adoptions, or something else entirely? (www.reddit.com)
How did the wider European community react to Bartolome de Las Casas accounts of Spanish atrocities in their colonies? (www.reddit.com)
What was the architecture of M'banza-Kongo/São Salvador in the Kingdom of Kongo like? (www.reddit.com)
Today many thousands of citizen scientists (amateurs being crowdsourced under the guidance of professional academics) regularly contribute to various fields of science, sometimes in very important ways. Is there a role for "citizen historians" too? (www.reddit.com)
What was the deal with bullet bras in the 1950s? Why did they become a trend? Were they seen as scandalous or confusing or otherwise cause much backlash or cultural debate? Why did people want it to look like they had 2 traffic cones on their chest? (www.reddit.com)
Why do Christians today refer to the Messiah as "Jesus" instead of his original Hebrew name (𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤏) pronounced "Yashua"? (www.reddit.com)
In WWII, why did Japanese troops surrender in China but refuse to surrender in the Pacific? (www.reddit.com)
Were there a lot of addicts in the Victorian era when things like opium, heroin, and cocaine were being used as medication and could be purchased so easily? (www.reddit.com)
What did the wives of men who retire to the forest get up to while their husbands were away (I think in India, maybe other Hindu/Buddhist cultures)? (www.reddit.com)
Why siege a castle at all? Couldn't they just go around it instead and ignore it? What were the disadvantages? (www.reddit.com)
How do you politely shut down alternative history discussion, but without conceding defeat? (www.reddit.com)
In traditional Hawaiian culture women would be put to death for eating pork, coconuts, taro, several types of fish, and 67 out of 70 varieties of bananas. What did Hawaiian women subsist off of? Why was there such a drastic limitation on what women could eat? (www.reddit.com)
Has there always been a ~30 year “cultural echo” as young people that are now in positions of power and influence set out to recreate fashion and cultural trends that were popular when they were children? (www.reddit.com)
Before collectivization, Russia had been the "breadbasket of Europe". Afterwards, the Soviet Union became a net importer of grain, unable to produce enough food to feed its own population. How did this happen? (www.reddit.com)
In 1634, French explorer Jean Nicolet wore Chinese robes to visit native tribes in Wisconsin, believing he would meet the Emperor of China. But people had already known America wasn’t Asia by the 1500s. Why didn’t the news reach Nicolet? (www.reddit.com)
Mods at /r/worldnews are permabanning anyone who says the Holodomor does not qualify as genocide. Is it the dominant view among historians that the Holodomor was a deliberate effort by Soviet authorities to exterminate one or more ethnic groups? (www.reddit.com)
How far did wood travel in late Antiquity & the Middle Ages? Was it all very local? My house in the Western U.S. (& much of the stuff in it) includes wood from Brazil, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, etc. (www.reddit.com)
Was there ever a conflict between the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) and the 1st Amendment, since Roman Catholics and many Protestants require wine for communion, as do Jews on Passover? Or were there prearranged exceptions to avoid this sort of thing? (www.reddit.com)
In "The Odyssey," how would remarrying have affected Penelope legally, politically, and socially? Could/Would an widow in Ithaca['s equivalent] refuse to remarry for practical, rather than principled/romantic, reasons? (www.reddit.com)
It is often said that Soviet blood, US steel & British intelligence won WW2. To what extent did UK intel influence the Eastern front? (www.reddit.com)
During slavery in the USA, were there any slave owners who bought slaves just to give them a better life? (www.reddit.com)
W. E. B. Du Bois saw the issue of lynching in America was aberrant, and that simply explaining to white people that black people were not threats would end it. After seeing Sam Hose's knuckles for sale at Atlanta, he changed his mind. How did this revelation change his opinon and methods? (www.reddit.com)
"There was a time briefly where Japanese and European firearms were on par, and you could still see other ranged and melee weapons[katanas] on the field." Is this true? Did katanas ever share the same battlefield with firearms? (www.reddit.com)
Did the Allies have our own version of the Tokyo Rose or Lord Haw Haw? If so who were they? Axis defectors or descendants of immigrants? (www.reddit.com)
Was the Ghost Dance seen as a real threat? Was the religion used as a scapegoat in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre? (www.reddit.com)
Georgia and Uzbekistan had the same population in the 1897 Russian Empire census, but today Uzbekistan has 10 times the population today. What caused this? (www.reddit.com)
Why is “Anglo-Saxon” the predominant cultural descriptor of the English and not any of the other tribal groups? (www.reddit.com)
A Call to Historians Goes Out Across the Land • The /r/AskHistorians Flair Application Thread XXV (www.reddit.com)
I am a wealthy, educated Roman citizen in the first century CE. What am I knowledgeable about? (www.reddit.com)
Give a gift of History with the AskHistorians 2022 Holiday Book Recommendation Thread! (www.reddit.com)
Robert Carro's biographies of Lyndon Johnson allege that all state-wide elections in Texas at that time involved quite widespread vote buying & manipulation among disenfranchized latino border areas. When and how did this apparent and consequential election fraud end? (www.reddit.com)
How did the incredibly frank views of sex in Medieval Europe end up developing into the Prudish views of the Victorian era? (www.reddit.com)
To circumvent the naval articles of the Versailles treaty, the Weimar government created a dummy company in the Netherlands (IvS) to develop U-Boats. How did the UK, France, or the Netherlands not figure out who was behind the company? Did the Germans use any other dummy companies? (www.reddit.com)
If you were enlisted in World War 1 in 1914 on the Western Front, how likely were you to survive to the end of the war? (www.reddit.com)
In the early 1900s, when a third of Argentineans and half of Buenos Aires was foreign-born, were there any programs similar to US "Americanization" campaigns? Did Argentinean identity develop easily despite personal disconnection from its founding myths and customs? (www.reddit.com)
[Meta] For lay people, how would historians suggest we choose documentaries to watch? (www.reddit.com)
How did the Amish community react to Weird Al's hit parody song about their lifestyle? (www.reddit.com)
Almost everything today feels like it is owned by eight or ten major parent companies. What changed to make the United States go from Anti-Corporate philosophies in the 1890s-1910s during Theodore Roosevelt’s “Trust Busting” era to lead to the modern economic practices? (www.reddit.com)
Why are Europeans so obsessed with lions? They don't have any lions but they are there on flags, coat of arms, furniture and historical buildings (www.reddit.com)
What did ancient Babylonians actually believe about astrology & horoscopes? Especially compared to today? (www.reddit.com)
Was Paraguai really the most (or one of the most) “advanced” countries in South America Pre-War? (www.reddit.com)
The name of the Battle of Agincourt was decided on the same day by a group of heralds following both the English and French armies in order to make chronicling easier. Who organized and paid for these heralds? How common was this kind of formal information gathering across the Medieval World? (www.reddit.com)
Artists of today are able to produce photo-real drawings with only a pencil and lots of time. Why is it we don’t have similar photo-real drawings from hundreds of years in the past? (www.reddit.com)
Why did anarchist philosophy never seem to gain the same kind of traction as other political philosophies? (www.reddit.com)
Before the early 1900s why did everyone dress so impractically, sometimes in suit pants, a waistcoat and button up shirt for activities such as tree felling, construction, etc? (www.reddit.com)
Why is Han Chinese considered a single ethnic group despite having multiple languages and customs across its population? (www.reddit.com)
Lisbon / Seville were raided by Vikings in 844. Elsewhere, in the East, the Vikings were settling in what is current-day Ukraine. What was happening in Scandinavia to allow for this? And why were the Norsemen back in Roman times not doing anything remotely similar to what the Vikings did later on? (www.reddit.com)
On March 15, 1671, a tornado kills 600+ people in Cadiz, Spain. What did contemporaries believe caused tornadoes at that time in Europe? (www.reddit.com)
Why was John Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost" so wildly and historically successful if it was just a retelling of story of Genesis? (www.reddit.com)
In the early years of the United States, the US Marshals were the Federal law enforcement service. Why was a new agency (FBI) created to take over their role, with the Marshals relegated to mostly court order enforcement and escort, rather than continue using them as the general Federal LEO service? (www.reddit.com)
Did American soldiers really shoot random Vietnamese civillians like in full metal jacket? (www.reddit.com)
The Italian region of Emilia Romagna is famous for having a very large and successful cooperative sector that is highly competitive on world markets. Are there any good reads covering their history and on how they managed to achieve that? (www.reddit.com)
Did people in continually inhabited cities notice "Site Formation" (old buildings being slowly buried) happening around them? And how did they understand the process? (www.reddit.com)
Are abusive labor practices in the Middle East really the product of European colonialism? (www.reddit.com)
More Indian movies sold over 20 million tickets in the Soviet Union than any other foreign cinema. Why were Indian movies so popular among the Soviet public? Did Bollywood movies and Indian culture make a noticeable impact on Soviet (and modern Russian) pop culture and film making? (www.reddit.com)
The raiding of Lindisfarne Abbey by Norsemen in 793 is treated as a momentous world-historical event, the beginning of the Viking Age, but for the people of the late 8th century did it really represent something new and different? (www.reddit.com)
Scientists recently authenticated several 3rd century Roman coins showing an otherwise-unattested emperor Sponsian. If he did in fact exist, what was his likely fate? (www.reddit.com)
Is there any evidence of objects (natural or man-made) from the Americas washing ashore in Europe or Africa, before Europeans became more widely aware of the existence of the 'New World'? And if so, how did people react to these objects? (www.reddit.com)
What's the origin of a muted trombone going "wah wah waahhhhh" as a sound effect for somebody failing? (www.reddit.com)
The Aztecs had "Ahuianis", women entertainers described as very similar to Japanese Geishas. What exactly was life like for these Aztec "Geishas" and do they have the same misinterpretation from modern people as Geishas did? (www.reddit.com)
Hair removal by "sugaring" in Ancient Egypt? (Suspect marketing strategies are misquoting history) (www.reddit.com)
Has there ever been a secular analysis of the authenticity of the Hadith? If so, what are some of the latest findings from the historiography? (www.reddit.com)
there's a some what common trope in 80's/90's action movies that a group of Special Forces soldiers turn to terrorism for recognition of their past covert ops, has this ever happened in real life? (www.reddit.com)
"Jingle Bell Rock" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" came out in 1957 and 1958, respectively. Were these novelty rock 'n' roll Christmas songs unique, or are they just the most long-lived and best remembered examples of a larger late 1950's trend? (www.reddit.com)
21 years later, the effects of 9/11 can still be felt at airports every day. Did the makers of such enhanced airport security policies intend them to be permanent (as they now seem to be) or to be merely temporary measures until things cooled down? (www.reddit.com)
Why was Stalin's title "General Secretary" instead of President? And why was Gorbachev eventually called President? (www.reddit.com)
I’ve heard many examples in history where underage girls were forced to marry adult men, but are their any examples of the opposite happening? Like underage boys being forced to marry adult women? (www.reddit.com)
The series Vikings depicts ritual sacrifice candidates as going willingly, even eagerly, to their deaths. Is there are historical evidence suggesting that such willingness or eagerness existed in ancient Nordic religion? (www.reddit.com)
When did Mary (mother of God) become a "virgin", and is the popularity multiple virgins & virgin holidays the result of a more modern phenomenon, like the mixing of American indigenous traditions with Christianity? (www.reddit.com)
What was buying groceries like in America 100 years ago? (www.reddit.com)
Was circumcision invented once from where it spread around the world, or has it appeared several times independently? (www.reddit.com)
In the parable of the prodigal son, when the son returns the father orders that the fatted calf be killed for a celebratory feast. How would this be done, and how would the calf be prepared? What dishes would be served at this feast? What would a feast like this be like? (www.reddit.com)
The New Hampshire House of Representatives has 400 seats, making it by far the largest lower house of any American state, despite New Hampshire being only the 41st most populous. Why did New Hampshire's house become so big while other houses remained/ended up relatively small? (www.reddit.com)
Apparently, wikipedia says that the usa used germ warfare in the korean war? How does wikipedia represent the broader historiography of the korean war with this article (www.reddit.com)
Did a Japanese general really advise against invading the United States because "There’s a rifle behind every blade of grass"? If so, was this in reference to high rates of gun ownership, or America's industrial might? (www.reddit.com)
Sunday Digest | Interesting & Overlooked Posts | November 20, 2022 (www.reddit.com)
When did water heaters become common in the United States? (www.reddit.com)
Do food historians here have an opinion on the YouTube channel "Tasting History with Max Miller"? (www.reddit.com)
Why is Jesus known with different names in different places/languages yet Prophet Muhammad is called the same everywhere? (www.reddit.com)
Both historically and culturally, what were the reasons for the big popularity of Grimm's fairy tales in Japan? And how were they brought there in the first place? (www.reddit.com)
Was Nero's neckbeard a common fashion of the time or would it have been considered weird by contemporary standards? (www.reddit.com)
Is the prevalence of Jesus as a given name in Spanish culture related to the Islamic conquest of Spain? (www.reddit.com)
after leaving the concentration camp, how was the integration of former prisoners into society? (www.reddit.com)
In the Middle Ages did any people live outside of the feudal system in a forest or something and evade being some rich king's serf and instead get to live on a patch of land that they owned? (www.reddit.com)
Was the consumption of drugs and its use in society much more accepted before the "War on Drugs" like during the early 19th century? (www.reddit.com)
How would a traveler in the American West during the latter half of the 19th-century prove ownership of a horse (and by extension, carriage, wagon, etc)? (www.reddit.com)
Some of the plays of Euripides famously survive with "alphabetical" titles, as if saved from one row of a complete set. However, I've heard it questioned whether this is what actually happened. What is the scholarly consensus? (www.reddit.com)
What were some notorious scams that were done in the time and period you study? (www.reddit.com)
'Raiding (like the Vikings or the Mongols used to do) is actually about establishing trade routes and favorable trade conditions. It's done via the sacking of cities' - prof. Timothy Snyder in 'Making of Modern Ukraine' podcast (ep. 5). Could the historians here explaing this more in depth? (www.reddit.com)
When slavery is discussed in the USA the main focus is on the large slave plantations but what was being enslaved like on smaller farms or households? (www.reddit.com)
The Pacification of Scandinavia: how and when did these famously bellicose people become peaceful? (www.reddit.com)
Did ancient Greeks actually wear breastplates with muscles molded on? (www.reddit.com)
Did the other Allied nations understand the tremendous devastation and loss of life the USSR had suffered during the war? And if so, why were they then convinced the USSR was a global threat after the war? (www.reddit.com)
How did wealthy Antebellum Southern women (or their pastors for that matter) confront - if they did at all - the fact that their husbands, fathers, and most of their sons were regularly committing adultery and sexual assault in their own households? (www.reddit.com)
Enormous volumes of documents were destroyed during the last days of Nazi Germany. What information was lost permanently to history? (www.reddit.com)
The beginning of the film A Knight’s Tale features a knight with three peasants squiring for him. Is this at all realistic? (www.reddit.com)
Where did the belief that people who die by suicide go to hell come from? (www.reddit.com)
Where did the modern fascination with heraldry/family crests/coat of arms come from? Does it have any basis in reality? (www.reddit.com)
Why was Rome a relatively minor and dilapidated city with a low population density for most of the middle ages and early modern era? (www.reddit.com)
On his assertion that barter economy is a myth, how does David Graeber adress to Ancient/Early Medieval authors describing barter economies like Solinus on the Dunmonii (Polyhistor, §22.7)? (www.reddit.com)
If a slave owner in 1830's Alabama ordered his slave to commit a crime, who would be punished for the crime and what would the penalty be? (www.reddit.com)
It seems that, for the most part, pre-industrial cities must have smelled god-awful due to lack of modern sewers. Is there anything to indicate the inhabitants were "acclimated" to this smell? (www.reddit.com)
Why didn't Africa develop large nations/states before being colonized by European powers? (www.reddit.com)
Why is it that India is still a majority Hindu nation even when it had muslim rulers for more than 500 years? Why is it that people did not adopt Islam as their religion? (www.reddit.com)
What was the function of 'the monster in the woods' as an object of folklore? (www.reddit.com)
A recent discovery of Etruscan bronzes has been described as "rewriting early Roman history". How true is that? (www.reddit.com)
Thomas Jefferson was rumored to enjoy macaroni and cheese. What were the main types of cheese available to colonists during the Revolutionary War period? (www.reddit.com)
It's well known that the female roles in Shakespeare's plays were performed by boys. How far back does the prohibition on women in the theater go? Was it just in England or all of Europe? Why did it stop? (www.reddit.com)
My dad is convinced that Portuguese sailors "discovered" Australia before the Dutch in the 17th century. Is this just misplaced nationalist pride, or is there some truth to this claim? (www.reddit.com)
The fall of the Western Roman Empire left us with many related languages, all based on Latin. Why didn’t the same thing happen with Greek in the East? Where are the Greek-based languages in the East? (www.reddit.com)
Where does the idea of a white rocket ship with a red nose and fins/bottom originate? (www.reddit.com)
In the Bible, God gives Aaron leprosy for protesting Moses marrying a Nubian (black) woman. How did white theologians reconcile this with their white supremacist views? (www.reddit.com)
In 1871, Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany was asked to decide whether Britain or the US should control the San Juan Islands in modern day Washington state. Was this sort of international arbitration common at that time? What did Wilhelm I think about being asked to arbitrate? (www.reddit.com)
During the medieval era, texts were copied by hand by scribes. How would the manuscripts then be distributed to libraries, churches, etc? Would a certain text already have a destination in mind while being copied? (www.reddit.com)
During the age of European exploration, ships would be gone for years and were often lost or years overdue before they returned. How were the sailors paid? (www.reddit.com)
If I were a simple layperson in medieval Europe what would be my best bet to learn how to read and write? Would I even want to? If it were possible, what material could I hope to read? (www.reddit.com)
Chinese astronomers kept detailed records of "guest stars" and other transient phenomena from at least the 3rd century BC. What exactly did they interpret these to mean culturally or politically? Did those interpretations change as they found more occurrences? (www.reddit.com)
How did the United Auto Workers come to be the union representing faculty and support staff of the University of California System? (www.reddit.com)
During the Spanish Inquisition the Spanish had smallpoxs which killed millions of Natives as the werent imune to it, why didnt the Spanish die of diseases the Natives had the Spanish werent imune to? (www.reddit.com)
Why in North American history there are is more natives being killed/placed in reservations while South America there was more integration? (www.reddit.com)
I'm a young feudal lord who has freshly inherited his father's estate. I'm unmarried, but there's a problem: I don't fancy women. Could I expect a life of "celibacy", or would people around me manage to pressure me enough to marry? (www.reddit.com)
Why is there so little English-language writing on Portugal’s Carnation Revolution? (www.reddit.com)
Were there any political parties within the confederacy? (www.reddit.com)
Were significant generations of the 19th century or earlier culturally identified with names like we do with “Baby Boomers” and “Millennials”? (www.reddit.com)
How is it that in Ancient Greece and Rome the common soldiery could afford metal greaves, braces, helmets, and breastplates, while in medieval Europe metal armours were deemed expensive and worn only by elites? (www.reddit.com)
Did prehistoric humans really live primarily in caves or is that just where remains are preserved due to it being a protected environment? (www.reddit.com)
People often justify the fire bombings and atomic bombings on Japan by saying that the US would have had to invade the mainland, but why would they have needed to? It was an island nation invading places it had no land connection to, with a lack of fuel and a defeated navy (www.reddit.com)
I know that the Korean spoken in north and south Korea have deviated a bit from each other in the 70 years that the nation has been divided. Did anything similar happen in the 40 years Germany was divided into east and west? (www.reddit.com)
Did the Ottoman Empire really lose 13% of its population during WWI? Did Persia lose 19%? That's much greater than France (4.3%), or Germany (3.4%). So was this all from famine and genocide? How did those countries recover from losing so much of their population? (www.reddit.com)
Why do so many 'Irish-American' police forces and fire departments in the United States embrace traditionally Scottish symbols such as kilts and bagpipes as 'Irish' symbols? (www.reddit.com)
I’ve read that “Batman: The Animated Series” (1992-1995) was innovative, not just for the superhero genre, but TV animation in general. What was so revolutionary about it? (www.reddit.com)
What happened with theatre in the Middle Ages? Most overviews of theatre always mention Greek and Roman plays but then jump on to plays from Shakespeare or the Spanish Tragedy. Was it discontinued as a practice, do we have no records? (www.reddit.com)
Did criminals ever observe anything like the 'Sunday Morning Truce' described in The Wire? (www.reddit.com)
Was Armistice Day deliberately set to coincide with St. Martin's Day, or was that simply a coincidence? (www.reddit.com)
How did people in the past lock the doors of their homes before locks existed? Since when did the concept of "door" and "lock" exist? (www.reddit.com)
If Alexander the Great slept with a copy of the Iliad under his pillow, as according to legend, what would be the physical form of his copy - one compact scroll, a pile of scrolls, something else entirely? (www.reddit.com)
Ancient Apocalypse: is there any reputable support for Ice Age civilizations? (www.reddit.com)
Why wasn't Turkish imposed on the masses of the Ottoman empire as English/Russian/Spanish was under British/Russian/Spanish Empires? (www.reddit.com)
Machiavelli’s “The Prince” uses “case studies,” notably Cesare Borgia. How much of Cesare’s inclusion is organic, and how much is Machiavelli searching for patronage from a prominent family? Is it even possible to disentangle the two? (www.reddit.com)
Was the masculinity of men questioned when automobiles were introduced? (www.reddit.com)
How did people keep warm in the winter during the Middle Ages and earlier? Did they simply suffer and survive through the winter, or would they actually warm and comfortable in their homes? (www.reddit.com)
Warfare: Why did the javelin fall out of use into the Middle Ages in Western Europe? Would it not be effective for infantry to have an option for a missile weapon especially shown by how effective Roman Legionaries were with the pilum? (www.reddit.com)
Why were Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria painted wearing crowns, while no kings before or after them wore crowns in their portraits? Why is it so rare for kings to wear crowns in their portraits? (www.reddit.com)
Who actually constructed the castles in medieval Europe? Were they constructed by the peasants who actually lived in the region where the castles were built? Were professional engineers and construction workers brought to remote locations to build castles? (www.reddit.com)
I grew up hearing about Anglo-Saxon migrations/conquests leaving an indelible mark on England. In recent decades, historians doubted the textual evidence for this and said any impact was small. Now, genetic testing shows a huge impact. Why did historians become doubtful, and why were they off base? (www.reddit.com)
Did a viking tribe consist of a single village or town or did a viking tribe consist of multiple villages? How many people lived in an average viking tribe? Did a single chieftan rule an entire tribe or was a tribe ruled by multiple people? Was a province settled by one tribe or multiple ones? (www.reddit.com)
Graeber and Wengrow make the argument that people who had full long term experience of both European society and stateless and/or decentralized society, especially during the era of Colonization, almost always chose the later over the former. How accurate is this claim?. (www.reddit.com)
Have historians ever recreated “true scale” simulated historic battles? More specifically, with modern technology, have any historians attempted to showcase the true scale and appearance of warfare? (www.reddit.com)
I Inherited a civil war bible that belonged to an ancestor. What is the best way to preserve it? (www.reddit.com)
In WW2, around 20 million Soviet men died, leaving sex ratios skewed. What was the effect of this on everyday life, dating, marriage and fertility rates? (www.reddit.com)
The classic movie "M" portrays a scenario where both the police and criminals in a city work to find a child murderer. Has there ever been a criminal so bad that other criminals worked to bring them in? If so, who were they and what they do that was considered that bad? (www.reddit.com)
Why would my ancestor have been buried at the Tower of London in 1622? (www.reddit.com)
How much do we know about sacred prostitution in the ancient world? (www.reddit.com)
In the Dominican War of Independence, the Dominicans, though greatly outnumbered by their Haitian foes, defeated them decisively in every single battle. What led to the poor military performance of the Haitians? (www.reddit.com)
Nowadays we have the concept of "vegging out" (relaxing while doing very little), but it's usually associated with TV/video games/mass media. Did similar forms of relaxation exist before the 20th century and mass media? If so, what did people do to "veg out"? (www.reddit.com)
Did Han dynasty China have a mass spectator sport culture comparable to contemporary Rome? (www.reddit.com)
What's the history of "I Voted" stickers in the Us? When and how did giving out stickers after voting in government elections become standard? (www.reddit.com)
In the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV, Roman tells Niko to watch American television; Niko retorts that most TV in 'the Old Country' was American. During the 1990s and early 2000s, how widespread were American TV programs in the former Yugoslavia? (www.reddit.com)
By the time of the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, the Emperor was a de facto figurehead who only exerted actual power in his capacity as Archduke of Austria, King of Bohemia, King of Hungary, Duke of Milan etc. but what de jure powers did he retain? (www.reddit.com)
The Order of the Dragon was a chivalric order founded in 1408 to defend Christianity and fight its enemies. But elsewhere in Christendom, and in The Bible itself, dragons are a symbol of Satan. What's going on here? (www.reddit.com)
A recent xkcd comic joked that a time traveller in the early 18th century could probably bribe someone with a roll of aluminium foil. How valuable was aluminium in East Prussia ca. 1736? Was aluminium seen as having any practical function, or simply a rare curiosity? (www.reddit.com)
Poland was one of the first countries in Europe to officialy decriminalize same sex acts (1932) and to set equal age of consent for gay people (1948) yet now it is the most homophobic country in EU with no partnership recognition. How did that happened? (www.reddit.com)
Was the 100 years war a conflict about whether the King of England should rule parts of France, or whether the King of England was the King of France? (www.reddit.com)
Manichaeism was once one of the world's largest religions, finding adherents from Rome to Southern China. What led to its decline and virtual extinction? (www.reddit.com)
In traditional Hawaiian culture women would be put to death for eating pork, coconuts, taro, several types of fish, and 67 out of 70 varieties of bananas. What did Hawaiian women subsist off of? Why was there such a drastic limitation on what women could eat? (www.reddit.com)
According to his biographer, John Ruskin refused to sleep with his wife and eventually sought an annulment because his discovery that she (and other women) have pubic hair was so repulsive to him, was it normal for an educated Victorian man like him to be so ignorant of female anatomy? (www.reddit.com)
The US and UK were at war in 1812. Hundred years later they were allies in WW1. Today they are considered closely aligned. What were the major events/cultural shifts that improved this relationship from enemies to friends? (www.reddit.com)
Anecdotally, Winston Churchill once famously quipped that naval tradition is nothing but "Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash". How common were homosexual relationships in Age of Sail navies, and how did attitudes of the navies towards same-sex relationships and sexual activity differ from broader society? (www.reddit.com)
could the American Revolution have been avoided if Britain had given the colonists representation in parliament? (www.reddit.com)
According to some historians, the writing system of 'reverse boustrophedon' only appears in two places in the world: Easter Island (aka Rapa Nui) in their rongorongo tablets, and the Inca empire. Could this be evidence of pre-Colombian contact between Polynesian and Inca people? (www.reddit.com)
"the Spaniards had abducted and raped many women in Cuzco, including princesses, noblewomen and priestesses... they left no one single women or sister unviolated". Was this the norm in European warfare at the time, or were the Spanish a uniquely rape obsessed culture? (www.reddit.com)
Philip of Macedon's tomb was uncovered in the '70s and his remains were analyzed. Where are they now? What happens to ancient remains, and are they eventually reinterred? (www.reddit.com)
How did Christian Science Monitor become a well respected source of journalism despite being owned by an anti-science cult? (www.reddit.com)
In The Fugitive, there's a scene in a hospital where an employee in scrubs rollerblades down the hall. Did hospitals in the '90s experiment with rollerblading to speed things up or something? (www.reddit.com)
How did Switzerland, a landlocked European country, become so well known for fine chocolates when both sugar and cacao are grown far away in mostly tropical places? (www.reddit.com)
When was it obvious that the USA was emerging as a superpower? (www.reddit.com)
In the new All Quiet on the Western Front, there’s a scene where a bunch of 18 year old’s were pumped up to join the German Army in 1917. In the original, this happened in 1914. Were 18 year old’s excited to fight in 1917? (www.reddit.com)
This is one of my favorite pages on Reddit. But I’ve always been curious - What is the history / origins of r/AskHistorians? How did such a specialized sub get established and maintained? Who are some of the early or influential people who made it what it is today? (www.reddit.com)
The two Ancient Greek cities we know the most about are Athens and Sparta. We think of Sparta as the 'weird' society for being so militaristic, but do we know if Athens was actually what most Greeks would consider "normal"? (www.reddit.com)
Would the USSR have developed nuclear weapons eventually if they hadn't obtained US classified information? (www.reddit.com)
How does one become a court jester during the medieval period? Also, is Crusader Kings II and Crusader Kings III right to portray it as an undesirable job? (www.reddit.com)
Why were mentally ill people stereotyped as believing themselves to be Napoleon? (www.reddit.com)
Did the US Army and Marines use uppers like Modalert/Modafinil or prescription amphetamine during Desert Storm or any other operations in the 90s? (www.reddit.com)
In 1402, the 38-year-old daughter of the king's court astrologer and writer at the French court, Christine de Pizan, became involved in a dispute in which she criticized Jean de Meun's popular-but-misogynistic work, "Le Roman de la Rose". How was De Pizan's critique viewed by her contemporaries? (www.reddit.com)
Alexander Hamilton had great success and helped build the United States, but by the end of the 1790s he told a friend that there is no place in this country for me. Why did he feel this way? (www.reddit.com)
Did Jewish people participate in the transatlantic slave trade, either in Europe or North/South America, at any point throughout the 16th-19th centuries? (www.reddit.com)
What were the reactions, if there were any, to the ~5,200 Polish soldiers switching sides during the Haitian Revolution and siding with the (ex-)slaves? (www.reddit.com)
Why was the Republic of China given a permanent seat in the UNSC back in 1945? You would expect that the other members would be opposed to expanding the seats unless really required: why did the other 4 members support RoC's permanent membership? (www.reddit.com)
Why are Homer's Iliad and Odyssey the only surviving parts of the Epic Cycle? Were they much more prominent than the others? Were they the larger and richer works? (www.reddit.com)
I've been googling stuff out of boredom and I can't believe this to be true. Did we invent the Lighter 3 years before we invented Matches? (www.reddit.com)
Why did the nazis adopt the word “aryan” to describe themselves? And how did it come to mean “blonde white”? (www.reddit.com)
Moby Dick has many scenes that are either funny, or seem like they're trying to be funny or playful. Was this what Melville was going for? Did early readers think it was a funny book? Is Ishmael supposed to have a good sense of humor? (www.reddit.com)
How did "esquire", a rank of nobility that were apprentices to knights, come to be the title for lawyers? (www.reddit.com)
My father likes to tell me “Black” people taught “White” people how to bath. I recently asked him for context and he explained to me the Moors taught people in Spain, England, and Portugal better hygiene. Can I get some more context on this? (www.reddit.com)
When the armistice came into effect on Nov 11 at 1100, did combat cease in mid-battle? Would it be conceivable that a trench was being raided at that exact moment, and opposing soldiers would immediately just go about their business upon hearing a horn signaling the time? (www.reddit.com)
Today we have birth certificates, social security numbers, and passports to prove we're citizens of our countries. Was there a central registry of Roman citizens that could be checked? How would a citizen traveling from his remote province to Rome prove he was a citizen? (www.reddit.com)
If Queen Mary I of England was so concerned with saving Catholicism in England, why didn't she ensure a catholic succession? Couldn't she have married Elizabeth to a catholic prince, or named Mary, Queen of Scots as her heir? (www.reddit.com)
Why, in the last two centuries, have women become to be considered less sexual than men, if, throughout history, they were believed to have a much higher libido? (www.reddit.com)
Slavery in most of the Arabian peninsula was not abolished until the 1950s and the 1960s. What was slavery like at this time period and region? (www.reddit.com)
Was alchemy always seen as a mystical/superstitious practice or was it largely seen as science? (www.reddit.com)
Why, in the last two centuries, have women become to be considered less sexual than men, if, throughout history, they were believed to have a much higher libido? (www.reddit.com)
Why do we refer to the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as ‘atomic bombs’, but refer to their successors as nuclear weapons / nukes? (www.reddit.com)
Was Jerry Lee Lewis really as surprised as he was portrayed in later retellings at the backlash outside his community to his marriage to his underage cousin? For that matter, how normalized actually were such marriages in his mid-20th c. rural Louisiana/Mississippi context? (www.reddit.com)
What is the origin of the "Medieval people drank beer instead of water" myth? (www.reddit.com)
Back when people did not have indoor plumbing, and relied on outhouses for human waste and wells for ground water, how did they keep their drinking water safe? (www.reddit.com)
What happened to the 200,000 Polish children Germany kidnapped and forcibly adopted out to German families? (www.reddit.com)
Has anyone ever actually avenged their murdered monarch parent and reclaimed their kingdom? (www.reddit.com)
Where does the "don't wear your hat indoors" tradition stem from? (www.reddit.com)
Today, many hobbies are recreational pursuits of past careers or housework - woodworking, knitting, fishing, pottery, etc. Is this a new phenomenon? (www.reddit.com)
How wild would a medieval forest like the Black Forest in Germany actually be? (www.reddit.com)
Has there been any cases of a natural disaster turning the tide of a war? (www.reddit.com)
Author Tom Holland argues that it was not our Greco-Roman western heritage that lead to liberal values, but Christianity, and that the ancient world was notably cruel. Do historians mostly agree with this stance? (www.reddit.com)
At the end of the 2022 movie adaption of All Quiet On The Western Front an unnamed German general sends his troops into a suicidal attack against French forces out of sheer spite, only hours before the war ends. Did such an attack or such attacks really happen during the last hours of WW1? (www.reddit.com)
Until recently left handedness was considered an ailment but now (at least in the west) it isn't. What forces caused it to be more accepted? Did the concept of left handedness being bad just fizzle out or was it an active de-stigmatization process by pediatricians and activists? (www.reddit.com)