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When did Westerners start using chopsticks?

When Chinese and other Asian immigrants to the United States and Canada arrived in the 19th century, many of them opened restaurants and Westerners patronized them. When did Westerners start using chopsticks at these restaurants? I seem to recall even in the 1990s it being a joke on TV when a Westerner could not properly use chopsticks.

Just curious. Not writing a book.

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2024/05/20
19:29 UTC

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What actually happened to each of the Three Sacred Treasures of the Japanese Imperial Family?

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Japan recently, and was exposed to the concept of the Three Sacred Treasures. However, given my abysmal Japanese I had a hard time reading between the lines – what actually happened to each of them, and where did they end up?

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2024/05/20
19:14 UTC

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Did the Aztecs actually do human sacrifices?

I know primary sources from them are scarce so we’re really just taking the Spaniards at face value… and also it seems like everyone accuses everyone else of human sacrifice when it’s politically convenient.

Are there any Aztec records of human sacrifices? Why would they do them?

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2024/05/20
18:49 UTC

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in common discource and popular culture, there seems to be no consensus on weather matchlock arquebuses had more effective battlefield range then bows, and while some movies, games and books show guns outranging bows, others show the oposite. is there a clear consensus on this?

reading about the imjin war in particular, I see confliction both in the sources and people's discussion of them, with some claiming that guns of the time outranging bows is clear, while others say the oposite. given the korean situation at the time, it would not be suprising if commanders were making up excuses to excuse away their incompetance, since some say their bows outranged japanese guns, while others say the oposite. to be clear, I am meaning effective range, obiously a bullet will travel further then an arrow, but I am talking about the range where it would be worth the ammunition to fire without the overwhelming majority missing their target.

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2024/05/20
18:48 UTC

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What was the nazi policy of Christianity in Germany?

It was my understanding that they eventually wanted to phase out Christianity and make hitler a god-like figure

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2024/05/20
18:21 UTC

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How good were the relations between Henry II, Landgrave of Hesse, and John of Bohemia that he mediated in the marriage of his daughter to the Polish king?

September 29, 1341 Casimir the Great and Adelaide of Hesse, daughter of Henry II, Landgrave of Hesse, marry in accordance with the agreement between Casimir and John of Bohemia. Henry, however, does not seem rich or influential, so what exactly was the reason why his daughter was married off to the Polish ruler? I know that Casimir initially wanted to marry Margaret of Luxembourg, but she died, and since John wanted to influence the Polish ruler's marriage, he suggested Adelaide to him. But did the choice of hers have any special significance?
Did her family hold any important position at the Luxembourg court?

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2024/05/20
17:44 UTC

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were ancient universities free?

such as the Nalanda in India, the Taixue in China, and the Daigaku-ryo in Japan. maybe even the al-Qarawiyyin in Morocco, if you know

for some reason this has been really hard for me to google. if you have sources i would love to see them! tia

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2024/05/20
17:43 UTC

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Its Cicada time in the Midwest, and I've rescued a fair few that were bumbling along the sidewalk and helped them into nearby trees. Do we have any stories or works where the ancients, say Ancient Rome or Ancient Greece, share any little positive encounters with bugs?

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2024/05/20
17:19 UTC

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Has the United States made specific threats to use its nuclear weapons since WWII?

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2024/05/20
17:16 UTC

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Is there any famous stories of European sailors becoming stranded on foreign islands?

I would love to read a book or a diary of some sort about a European seaman somehow becoming stranded on a foreign island and them then integrating into the local population.

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2024/05/20
17:06 UTC

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Was the Conquest of India considered a mistake by the British in 1861?

I was reading Stephen R. Platt's *Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom* and a particular passage stood out to me. The context is a speech given by Earl Grey on the 19th of February 1861 discussing British intervention in the Taiping rebellion where Grey warns about China becoming another India. At page 174 Platt writes the following:

But nobody wanted another India. Since the Sepoy mutiny in 1857, there had been little but exhaustion in Britain over the incredible political and military costs of the colonial enterprise.

Now Grey seems to hold the view that the Conquest of India was a mistake, as is apparent from his speech. But I was wondering how widespread was actually this view among the British? And if so, if possible, to what extent was it actually justified?

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2024/05/20
16:59 UTC

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How did the Byzantine Roman emperor refer to the Holy Roman emperor?

Or vice versa really.

This is more a general question as to how heads of state referred to each other in official communications. I assume they must have sent letters to one another. And I can't imagine emperor in Constantinople referred to the Holy Roman emperor as "Your excellency, emperor of Rome".

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2024/05/20
16:44 UTC

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How do Marxist Historians and Historiographers account the first Chinese revolution in 1911? Was it Bourgeois revolution?

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2024/05/20
16:30 UTC

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Leave it to Beaver in the 90s, Ghostbusters in the 2010s… the entertainment industry has been relaunching IPs decades after they were beloved for a while now. How old is this practice? Did renaissance playwrights write sequel plays for adults that they would have remembered seeing as kids?

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2024/05/20
16:12 UTC

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What were the consequences of the Arab League's Decleration on the Invasion of Palestine?

I've been doing research on the Palestine-Israel issue. I recently found out about the Arab League's Decerlation on the invasion of Palestine. After reading the document and doing some research, I have no idea if the declaration actually led to anything, or if it was simply a symbolic document. If anyone knows anything specific about the declaration and could point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.

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2024/05/20
16:07 UTC

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Why did some Vietnamese (particularly in the South), side with France in First Indochina War?

Of course, they didn’t want to live under communism, but the impression I get was that French colonialism was pretty unpopular, especially by the end of WWII. What was the plan if the French were able to defeat the Viet Minh? Was an independent Vietnam ever a possibility under those conditions?

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2024/05/20
15:55 UTC

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Did ancient societies have political scandals comparable to those in modern politics?

Whenever I read about the downfall of an ancient society, dynasty, etc one of the explanations given is corruption was widespread in their government. However, most sources I read don’t elaborate further. Are there any sources that describe specific political scandals happening in ancient societies comparable to something like Watergate?

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2024/05/20
15:46 UTC

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How similar were Napoleon and Hitler in terms of personality and capabilities?

I know this might be a controversial question since Napoleon is often seen as a genius of leadership, war tactics, ruling and the like and Hitler as genocidal a dictator (which he was let me make that clear) but this lead to the result that praising Hitler for his leadership capabilities etc are often seen as praising the nazi regime. But my question is strictly speaking without taking consideration of good and evil and just looking at the men themselves how similar were they in capabilities, Personality etc

(Eddit: I'm not interested in praising Nazism or dismissing the holocaust, but simply wondering in what way as persons Hitler and Napoleon were alike) (Eddit 2: praising Hitler for leadership qualities may not be right term: rather acknowledge his capabilities as a leader)

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2024/05/20
15:32 UTC

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Are there any Arab historical figures that historians suspect or know were queer?

I often hear about gay historical figures on social media, but I have never heard of an Arab one. I understand that drawing this conclusion would be extremely difficult since homosexuality has been illegal there for an incredibly long time, but are there any examples of this being done? Honestly, I am mainly asking since I know a bi Arab American, and that made me somewhat curious on the topic.

Edit: I fixed some grammar mistakes.

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2024/05/20
15:17 UTC

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We’re pharaoh and king in ancient Egypt separate titles?

I here king tut not being referred to as pharaoh. Was there a pharaoh who ruled alongside tut?

Edit: sorry I meant were* it’s my autocorrect

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2024/05/20
15:11 UTC

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Does anyone know of Nanban paintings discovered in 1962 in Osaka, owned by an old Sekai family?

I found an article from 1993 that has two Nanban paintings I cannot find anywhere else. The article cites them as being discovered in 1962, seemingly I'm a private collection, but I can't find any information about them anywhere else.

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2024/05/20
15:02 UTC

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What are the main differences between the French and German WW1 trench raiders?

Some questions about different training and trench raiders (Germany/France) WW1

What was the training of infantry soldiers like before they went to the front?

Did trench raiders have different training than conventional infantry soldiers?

What tactics and weapons did trench raiders use?

Why in some photos do trench invaders appear with cloths covering their mouths and protective glasses?

Did trench raiders wear any type of armor?

Were trench raiders typically a small group of soldiers?

What are the main differences between French trench raiders and German stormtroopers?

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2024/05/20
14:28 UTC

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Were there any significant technology changes in warfare in between the French/Indian war and the US Revolutionary War?

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2024/05/20
14:28 UTC

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In an piece from 2020, Historian Noah Shusterman suggests that the Supreme Court got its history wrong when deciding DC. V Heller - Do we have other concrete examples where justices maybe stretched or misrepresented history when writing their opinions or dissents?

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2024/05/20
14:25 UTC

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Why does hand to hand combat exist/existed (e.g swordfight)? Surely fighting with missiles (arrows) was much safer/less riskier?

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2024/05/20
14:16 UTC

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What are examples in history when a dictator / totalitarian regime willingly relinquished power in favor of a democratic society? Has this ever happened?

Title. In the modern day, with many examples of control / theocratic / dictator / military style regimes stubbornly holding onto power, I'd like to learn about any scenarios in the past where a regime willingly transferred power to the people. Hoping to understand what kind of offramps have actually been successful in the past.

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2024/05/20
14:15 UTC

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Are there any noteworthy black people in Chinese or Korean history? What is their story?

All the fake outrage over Yasuke made me wonder if Japan's neighbours also had interesting figures of African descent.

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2024/05/20
13:47 UTC

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Following the Schism of 1054, how did Christian rulers decide to abide by the doctrine/dogma of the Papacy in Rome or the Patriarchate in Constantinople?

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2024/05/20
13:45 UTC

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Pre-dynastic Egypt: If Narmer was king of the Upper Kingdom/ Ta Shemu, who was king of the Lower Kingdom/ Ta Mehu that he hits with a mace in the Narmer Palette?

Additionally: If Upper Egypt's court/ capital was Hierakonpolis and eventually moved to Thinis under Scorpion (king before Narmer), what was Lower Egypt's capital? It is mentioned that the 1st Dynasty rulers after Narmer moved the capital to Memphis, so my guess is that was the Lower capital?

Lastly: Do we know anything about the supposed other, smaller kingdoms? To my understanding, the current theory is that it wasn't just two kingdoms (the before-mentioned Ta Mehu & Ta Shemu) ruling what would become Egypt, but there were also several other, smaller kingdoms/ city states/ tribes in the area.

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2024/05/20
13:45 UTC

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Are women classified as a "historically marginalized group" or "historically underrepresented" in history?

I am writing a thesis for a master's program in museum studies, and my supervisor believes that women should not labeled as marginalized. I cannot for the life of me find paper on such an argument after 6+ months of lit review. If anybody can provide clarity on this topic, and/or point me towards papers about it, I would be eternally grateful.

For reference I am writing about a women's history exhibit in a pioneer museum in Canada.

Thanks!

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2024/05/20
13:35 UTC

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