Did the ancient Greeks consider Titans to be gods alongside the Olympians? How were the Titans viewed? Were there any significant groups dedicated to venerating the Titans, or other non-Olympian figures in the Greek pantheon?

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What motivated Stalin?

There's a lot of info about what motivated Hitler, but Stalin is more of a mystery. Did he really believe in communism? Was he just power-mad?

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Was there pornography in Communist countries? If so, was it popular?

Did any governments take a particularly hard stance against it?

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During the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, were East Germans allowed to enter West Germany/Berlin to support their team?

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How do you judge an interpretation of the past to be historical?

My friend and I got into a conversation recently about validity of historiography and history in general. In it, he asserted that any judgements, any assertions, any interpretations of the past could not be called historical.

As his understanding went, a key principle of our studies and writings of history is to strive to be as absolutely objective as possible. Yet no work of history could certainly be called that, having been viewed, analysed and evaluated through the bias of our human experience. When I counter argued that all historians knew that and thus strove to either minimize their bias or ,failing that, to make it apparent and clear, he argued thus that since no work could meet that principle of history, no work, no interpretation of the past could be called historical in the true sense.

Rather, any interpretations, in his own words, would thus have to fall back on either psychology, if it was about people, or sociology, if it was about groups, organisations of societies at large. While I wanted to disagree, I realised that I didn't have the deep knowledge of the concepts of historiography to refute him.

So then, Askhistorians, what is historiography in the first place. How would we interpret the past in such a way that we cannot say it is any other discipline of the humanities but us?

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How has the idea of love changed throughout history?

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What exactly would it mean to be a 'mechanic' in 1770s America?

The specific context is the Georgia state constitution of 1777, and it says:

ART. IX. All male white inhabitants, of the age of twenty-one years, and possessed in his own right of ten pounds value, and liable to pay tax in this State, or being of any mechanic trade, and shall have been resident six months in this State, shall have a right to vote at all elections for representatives, or any other officers, herein agreed to be chosen by the people at large; and every person having a right to vote at any election shall vote by ballot personally.

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During World War II were there any war crimes committed by the allieds?

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How did people measure, mark, or denote years before the year "0" (B.C., A.D.), as they could not have predicted the "birth of Christ" to denote B.C. years?

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What were the common ways of time measurement in ancient Egypt and Mesopatamia?

I am most curious about the short term measurments, like our seconds, minutes and hours.

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