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Questions tagged [history]

Questions on the history of politics, political action and political debate, as well as historical political figures, heads of state etc. Also including any historical political actions and situations which may be of relevance to modern day scenarios.

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Key points for a speech on Capitalism [on hold]

I was given an English task in which the teacher has asked us to do a presentation/speech on Capitalism. The thing is he didn't specify which aspects (historical, economical and the political) we ...
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How did Nixon's resignation affect the voters who had supported him?

There are a lot of Americans who wear MAGA hats. Theoretically, if President Trump were impeached, I wonder if they would continue to wear them? Would Trump go down like Robert E. Lee, losing, but ...
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Population growth must be slowed to avoid catastrophic climate change: anybody saying this? [closed]

TL;DR: Title says it all. You do not have to be a math genius for this equation. The more people live, the more our ecosystem suffers, the faster it's resources are burnt up. I understand from a ...
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Is the dispute over the naming of Macedonia unique in recent history?

The dispute between Greece and Macedonia over who gets to keep the name "Macedonia" has been ongoing for 20 years now. Is this a unique dispute or have there been any other similar disputes in recent ...
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Why marriage and not family?

The question Why do governments legislate marriage? has good answers about why the State has a [historic] incentive to legislate marriage. I'll briefly state interconnected definitions of marriage ...
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Did George W. Bush have a business relationship with the Bin Laden family? [closed]

According to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 George W. Bush had a business relationship with the Bin Laden Family. Are there any credible media who explains what kind of business relationship that ...
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Has any relevant American politician ever admited that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a lie?

During an interview (video here) celebrity and former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura said that "they" were admitting that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a lie. There are somewhat credible ...
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In the Weimar Republic what was the role of the people sitting on the left side of the speaker?

I know that in the Weimar republic the chancellor and other ministers of government sit in front of the members of parliament on the right side of the speaker but was the role of the people who sit to ...
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How to start and continue studying world's politics [closed]

Over last years I started to develop strong interest in politics and the way world works. I'm 23 year-old student of engineering, so I don't really get in touch with these topics in University. I had ...
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What is public credit?

In a quote by President Hoover referring to a veto, he stated: With the utmost seriousness I urge the Congress to enact a relief measure, but I can not approve the measure before me, fraught as ...
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Book that encompasses the history of socialism?

If no such text exists which attempts to cover the time just before the Communist Manifesto, until some time during or after the middle (1950s-70s) 20th century, then I will settle for texts which ...
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Books for understanding the government of ancient Athens and the Roman Empire?

I'm studying political science, and I was curious of what sort of books I should read to understand the functions, and perhaps the history of these countries, as they are very usual case studies. I'...
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Why are US state legislatures, as opposed to the federal one, bicameral?

The federal legislature in the USA is bicameral, with the Senate (supposedly) representing states, with equal voting power among state, and the House of Representatives (supposedly) representing the ...
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Did “socialism with a human face” actually exist in practice?

NOTE: This is somewhat related (a "soft" version of) to this question (Do/did non-dictatorial Communist societies exist?) According to Wikipedia, "Socialism with a human face" appeared in 1968 and it ...
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What caused a massive shift in Republican ideological trajectories in the late '70s?

On a post on Skeptics.SE I saw recently, there was a chart showing the ideological position of the political parties over time: (source) As you can see, both parties were drifting more liberal ...
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How does federalism in the United States work? [duplicate]

How does federalism in the United States work? Why are there States within the country? What do they do?
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Why did the United States so aggresively attack Communism when they knew it wasn't going to work out in the long term? [closed]

Didn't USA had the foresight that any country that embraces communism would eventually fail? Why did it go around spreading anti-communist sentiment to an extent where they defied the internal ...
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What is a Republic?

The question "What is a Republic?" has been half-asked more than once on this website (see this question, this one and last but not least this other one). However, it seems it has never been answered ...
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Why do Americans care so much about their constitution?

The constitution is evidently a major deal in American politics. It shows up all the time in the political discourse, often used to defend certain opinions and views, or to highlight the grandeur of ...
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How often are US federal judges appointed who have never tried a case?

As brought up in this question, there appears to be a growing group of headlines tonight focusing on the fact that someone who has never tried a case is being nominated for federal judge. I know very ...
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Did Juanita Broaddrick testify under oath against Bill Clinton?

Juanita Broaddrick is a woman who accused former President Bill Clinton of rape. But at one point she signed an affidavit saying that Clinton did not rape her, and then she later said that she ...
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Have any politicians been elected to the government of two different countries during their career?

After the recent elections in Czech Republic it became apparent that Andrej Babiš is going to become the next Prime Minister of the country. The curious thing about him is that he holds dual Czech-...
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How did the electoral system work in late Ottoman empire and early Turkey?

I am reading about elections in the late Ottoman empire and early Turkey (1880-1935) and there always seemed to be these "secondary electors" elected by the people. These "secondary electors" then ...
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Would Joan of Arc be considered a feminist? [closed]

I bumped into a Wikipedia article with a long list of historical figures who were supposedly feminists. Joan of arc is on the list. Is it scientifically correct to label someone feminist just because ...
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When did modern Middle-Eastern terrorism start?

Terrorism, specifically coming from the Middle East, has been an epidemic. It has stretched across the globe from US, France, UK, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Germany and even parts of ...
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What is the origin of Left and Right in politics (before France)?

I've read many times that Left and Right in politics came from the French Revolution. But reading the Dao De Jing, chapter 31, it looks like a very similar definition, considering Left as "the people"...
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Why do NOAA and the USPHS have uniformed services?

Most Americans (and likely many folks around the world) think of the US military as comprising the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. However, there are also the United States ...
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Why do some muslim countries ban polygamy?

Islam allows men to have up to 4 wives (simultaneously). Why would an overwhelmingly Muslim country, such as Turkey or Tunisia, ban polygamy? Not banning it would of course not prevent most people to ...
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Why do members of parliament address the speaker instead of speaking normally?

This seems to be a common tradition across many legislatures and houses of parliament, there is a "speaker" (a bit of a misnomer as this person is more of a listener), and the actual person doing the ...
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Were Presidents known to have discussed classified things with their wives?

Are there any historically known examples (from memoirs, letters, testimony etc...) of US Presidents discussing classified things with their spouses/lovers?
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How was the state formed? Why was it possible? [closed]

Currently one perceives the state as being a rather "fixed" part of many societies. Of course its characteristics and "ideologies" vary, but for example the existence of state is I think more often ...
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Regarding critics towards the New Deal

I am a Danish student writing a paper on the Great Depression, and the political initiatives after the crash focusing on the New Deal. But I've had a problem finding sources of prominent people (With ...
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How often have majority parties plummeted in support in one election in democracies?

While voters in democracies usually only incrementally change the party that they support relative to a prior election, every now and then, a party will go from being a leading or majority party, to ...
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Have permanent US residents ever before been subjected to restrictions based on their origin country?

President Trump's recent executive order temporarily barring nationals of 7 countries from entering the U.S. included those who originated from one of those countries, are not citizens of the U.S., ...
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Why there are no modern examples of governments (rather than parliaments) allocated proportionally?

It is relatively common to elect a legislature through proportional representation. A party or a coalition of parties then forms a government. Why there is no modern example of governments being ...
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Why do some countries recognise Taiwan as the sole legitimate government of China?

There are some countries that recognise Taiwan (Republic of China) as the sole legitimate government of China instead of the People's Republic of China. Recently, just a few days ago, São Tomé and ...
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Precedent for a sitting President not residing in the White House?

Was there ever any precedent set, for a sitting President of the United States to not have resided in the White House during the entirety or parts of his tenure ? Note : Other than when it was ...
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Is the Russian legislature unusually enthusiastic about Trump's victory?

It has been widely reported that, upon the announcement of Donald Trump's victory in the American presidential election, the Russian Duma erupted into applause. These reports are sometimes alarmist ...
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Were there any U.S. Presidents that were very unpopular when elected?

I've read in a few news sources that whoever wins the current 2016 presidential election will already have generally low (below 45%) favorability among the general U.S. population, even among people ...
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Is Trump's focus on Clinton's emails beneficial to his campaign?

As most know, Trump has been making a significant deal out of the Clinton email issue, with a resurgence on the topic occurring recently due to certain comments from the FBI investigator. Is there ...
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Which countries successfully switched from autocracy to sustainable democracy in recent 100-200 years? [closed]

Which countries successfully switched from non-monarchical autocracy to sustainable democracy in recent 100-200 years without any forceful involvement from any other countries. Edit: By "without any ...
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Was Conservatism Edmund Burke's child?

As I understand it, Conservatism, as a term and ideology, can be traced back to Anglo-Irish politician Edmund Burke. He espoused a civil society upheld by, as he saw it, the then pillars of ...
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Have any other Republican candidates for Congress accepted only the Democratic nomination? vice versa?

Bill Shuster inherited PA's 9th congressional district from his father in 2002. In most election cycles, he runs unopposed as the district is mostly Republican. This primary season he won the ...
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What precedes the end of a Democratic Government? [closed]

Democracies allow people to participate equally, whether directly or indirectly, though there is a significant level of variation in how they are implemented. I expect that a democratic form of ...
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What is the “Bangladesh Rule”?

I came across this comment in a news blog today: This reminds me of one of my dad’s old journalism dicta: The Bangladesh Rule. This rule states that the further away from a news event the reporting ...
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When, how and why did the stars in the logo of the Republican Party get turned upside down?

Note: I'm not making any claims here, I'm simply asking for the story behind the logo change. Here is the current logo of the US Republican Party: The stars used to point upwards, like this: This ...
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Is Obama the first president to ever visit Hiroshima?

In most articles about Obama's visit to Hiroshima, they say that the visit is the first to Hiroshima by a sitting U.S. president. This implies that there may have been visits by presidents before or ...
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What problems could a modern Civilian Conservation Corp address? [closed]

Recap from the Wikipedia article: The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from ...
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Why are only certain professions able to countersign passport photos in the UK?

Current law says that passport photographs may only be countersigned by persons within certain professions, and only once such a person has know the applicant for at least two years, specifically the ...
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Why is there no rise of extreme-left in present-day Europe?

Back in the early 1930s, the economical crisis lead to huge increase of extreme-right and extreme-left parties all over countries which were victims of the crisis. Today following the 2008 crisis a ...