Simple/Short/Silly History Questions Saturday, January 01, 2022

Welcome to our Simple/Short/Silly history questions Saturday thread!

This thread is for all those history related questions that are too simple, short or a bit too silly to warrant their own post.

So do you have a question about history and have always been afraid to ask? Well, today is your lucky day. Ask away!

Of course all our [regular rules and guidelines]( still apply and to be just that bit extra clear:

– Questions need to be historical in nature.
– Silly does **not** mean that your question should be a joke.

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  1. Could one person, if he held 2 prince-elector titles, vote twice in the Holy Roman Empire? For example, if the 30 Years War did not happen and the Count of The Palatinate held the Bohemian Crown when the next election came around, would he have voted twice?

  2. Why did large empires like the Holy Roman Empire, British Empire, Mongolian Empire, etc. not just go around taking only coastlines from other countries?
    So the game of conquering the world in ancient times (or I guess not-so-ancient times in the case of the Brits) always seemed to run into the problem of running out of water or being spread too thin. In both cases, wouldn’t occupying only coastlines be very beneficial? I get that running out of water means fresh water, but there’s typically more fresh water near the coast, anyways. I guess this mostly applies to the being spread too thin cases, but still, why did the Romans not just go around taking other country’s coastlines from them? It seems like this would have solved so many problems for these types of situations. Maybe this belongs in r/nostupidquestions lol, but I’ve never heard this type of thing discussed so just throwing it out there.
    In addition to coastlines, I assume rivers and lakes would be included in this type of thing, and maybe highly fertile areas, as well.

  3. They’re kind of part of the same topic, so I’ll combine it in one comment. – just one of them is fine, especially if someone already answer the other.

    1. What does it mean for an empire to be overstretch or overextended? (what are the factors causing and signifying it? Etc.)
    2. How is it solved/dealt with throughout history?
    3. Related to number 2, how does technology help deal with it exactly?

  4. Why do / did leaders of countries have military ranks along with being Commander-in-Chief? If they’re already Commander-in-Chief or Supreme Commander of the armed forces of their respective country then why did the choose to be an officer on top of it? Ex. Stalin was a Field Marshal during WW2 along with being Supreme Commander-in-Chief.

  5. When was the Stone Age discovered? Not as in when did humans first use rocks as tools, I mean when did humans first come to the conclusion that there was a period in time when humans were hunter gatherers who didn’t have iron?

  6. I’m searching for first hand eye witness accounts of initial plague outbreaks. I’m digging around especially for anything of 1347 Messina Sicily. Cheers!

  7. I’m fascinated by the concept of a self fulfilling prophecy in history. E.g. some people who always believed they have a certain role will therefore work towards it, and say if they were once at the top they’ll be able to keep themselves at the top thanks to acting accordingly. Was it seriously studied?

  8. Any tips on learning about a specific setting? Italy right at the end of the 16th century/start of the next, specifically. Do I just go ham on whatever history books I can find? Unsure how to go about this problem efficiently.

  9. I saw your article about the frankish kingdom fro. Oct 24 2019. I was wondering if I am related to current leaders, ‘monarchs/royal families’ now. Thank-you

  10. My question is the following. How did the whole „witch hunt“ and fear of witchcraft evolve in the 16th century, which lead to murdering thousand of women in Central Europe. Like how did the whole madness start?

  11. How can I learn the history of aesthetics and decorations from different cultures?

    I really want to learn the history of where different aesthetics, patterns and decorations come from different cultures (more specifically Asian cultures like Japan and China), what would be the right terminology to use to look up my questions? I’ve been trying to find websites or books but I’m finding it hard, if anyone can help me it would be much appreciated 🙂

  12. Looking for a book/website, or some resource where one could read up on, and compare noble titles and rankings in a side by side manner.

    Was just thinking about the other night just how many titles there are, dukes and Margrave, and count and viscount, etc. Etc. So thought it would be kinda cool to see what the various titles/ranks looked like side by side (like, if you took an X noble in France, what would be his equivalent title in HRE or Italy during a given time period)

  13. i want to learn about classic greek and roman history – julius caesar, athens and democracy, etc. but also i don’t want to be bored by dry stuff. what books should i read to learn comprehensive histories of the roman empire and anchient greece? (i would also love to read about more personal accounts of the time, such as stuff like how certain leaders were gay, interpersonal drama between major figures, etc.)

  14. OK, this is going to be a bit vague because I forgot details. I read about White Russian officer with double German last name. After the war he and his followers went to some Himalayan kingdom and basically took over. He started to believe he was reincarnation of some earlier king (and/or religious figure, country was Buddhist) and that stars alignment foretold his destiny, which was greatness. They invaded some neighbouring country based on that and got defeated. Article said that he was wrong on stars stuff because he looked at positions of them where he was born (Russia) and not where he settled down (article didn’t say this was the cause of his defeat, it was just a further example of how delusional he was).

    Anybody knows who he might be?

  15. Is there a resource online showing what the climate or biome was like for a specific area, during a specific time period?

    If not, is there one specifically for the US or the near-east? (egypt/fertile crecent)

    Thanks for any help.

  16. Are there any good books/biographies on Charles III of Spain? The only book I could find was one about Spain, and France aiding the Colonial rebels against Britain. And it is very thin.

  17. How do you knock someone out in full plated armor? Is it even doable without giving a concussion? Why didn’t the Byzantine flamethrower catch on? Why were the Cagots so hated?

  18. During the firebombing of Japan, if a city has too much cloud cover, will the fleet of B-29s switch their target to the next best alternative? Only instance I’ve heard of this happening was the Kyoto/Nagasaki A-bomb decision.

  19. How did the trojan horse tactic work? Why would you accept a wooden horse big enough to fit an army in as a gift from an army that’s been seiging you for months just as their army disappears?

  20. what was the best trade to have throughout history?

    work to pay ratio


    safety etc (can have more than 1 answer if 1 job is really good a work to pay, but shit health wise.

  21. I recently saw the move LBJ.
    Can someone recommend a good 1 volume book on Lyndon Johnsons life, not just in the white house.

    I saw someone ask this but didn’t get an answer.

  22. There was a Japanese commander who was at Pearl Harbour that after the war said “We won a tactical victory at Pearl Harbour that’s why we lost the war”. Anyone know who this guy is?

  23. When were ice creams invented? Seems a bit stupid but thsi ties to another question: When were fridges/cooling devices invented, a simple device that is quite new since it needs power to operate and ice will eventualy heat up. This is a silly question that I have been curious for a while

  24. The Siege of Candia lasted 21 years. By the end what would the siege camp have looked like? Would it have still been the stereotypical bunch of tents and campfires perhaps with some sharpened stakes and a ditch around the perimeter? Or would there have been whole buildings built?

  25. How accurate is the film Sarajevo that’s says the assassination of Ferdinand was a conspiracy….an excuse to start a war … like Pearl Harbor and 9/11 conspiracies

  26. what happened to all the babies called either Adolf or Hitler between 1933 and 1945 considering the name was banned afterwards? (presuming there was some children called that)

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