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#41: (Q&A) Who Was The Most Powerful Woman in the Middle Ages? 1/2

Eowyn, the Shieldmaiden of Rohan, is one of the best characters from the “Lord of the Rings.” But J.R.R. Tolkien didn’t invent her out of thin air. Ever the scholar of Anglo-Saxon England, Tolkien based is based on a real person who lived in the war-infested...

#40: How One Man Ruled 1920s Kansas City Like a Caesar—Jason Roe

America attempted to legislate morality in the 1920s by outlawing the production, sale, and transport of intoxicating liquors through the Volstead Act. But that didn’t stop the drinks from flowing during the “dry” years. Famous organized crime networks formed to...
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#39: (Q&A) Was There a Real-Life Dr. Frankenstein?

Was there a real life Dr. Frankenstein who tried to bring the dead back to life by science and alchemy? Yes there was, and his name was Johann Dippel. He lived in the transitional period between alchemy and modern science. He may have experimented on bringing dead...
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#38: (Q&A) Who is the Bravest Person Who Ever Lived?

In the early 1800s there was no English explorer greater than James Holman. He covered a distance almost twenty times farther than Marco Polo on foot or cart—almost never using trains or steamships. He travelled among 200 different cultures, charted undiscovered parts...

#37: (Q&A) Does China Really Have a 5,000-Year-Old History?

Few will dispute that China has one of the most ancient cultures on earth, but is there any truth to the claim—made by many residents of China—that there is a 5,000-year-long line of continuity in its culture? Would an inhabitant of present-day China from five...

#35: Israelis or Palestinians: Who Was There First? — David Brog

Probably the most contentious—and politicized—issue in history has to do with the origins of the nation of Israel. That’s because the heart of the historical debate is who is the “rightful” owner of the land: The Israelis or the Palestinians? Believe me, I lived...

#33: (Q&A) When Did The Roman Empire Really End?

Rome didn’t fall in 476 when Romulus, the last of the Roman emperors in the west, was overthrown by the Germanic leader Odoacer, who became the first Barbarian to rule in Rome. Nor did it fall in 1453 when the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople. Depending on how...

#32: (Q&A) Why Did Hitler Hate the Jews?

The horrors of the Holocaust are as vivid now as they were in 1945 when the world discovered the horrors of Nazi Germany’s atrocities. But why did Hitler hate the Jews so vehemently? Furthermore, why did he shift precious resources away from the war effort and...
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