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Significant events in European history include the Roman settlements, the Viking Explorations, the Renaissance, the Reformations, the Age of Enlightenment and the French and Industrial Revolutions. Europe's story includes states, monarchies and revolutions. Its wars range from the Thirty Years' War to the Cold War to the War on Terror. European History is filled with fascinating people including Pliny the Younger, Leif Ericson, and Marquis de Pombal.. Explore their stories and worlds with us.

Life in Regency England, Part 3: Summer Resorts

Remaining in London once the Season was over was a serious faux pas-no members of society were willing to be seen in London once...

1848: The Year of Revolutions – Europeans Demand Democracy

In 1848, several revolutions broke out in Europe as despotic rulers were confronted with popular demands for liberal constitutions and more democratic government. The French,...

Life in Regency England, Part 2: More than Games

For those at the top of Regency society, entertainment in various forms was the main activity during the Season (and for much of the...

A Crusade For Peace: George Lansbury’s Worldwide Trip for Peace, 1936-37

George Lansbury was perhaps the greatest idealist of his generation. He was an absolute pacifist who believed sincerely that war was the greatest evil...

“A Prophet Before Her Time:” Beatrice Potter Webb, Part 3: The Aftermath, 1909-1947

In late 1908, Beatrice began writing her landmark Minority Report. In it she wrote that people became poor ...from a variety of causes, from old...

“A Prophet Before Her Time:” Beatrice Potter Webb, Part 2: The Poor Law Commission...

Nineteen men and women were appointed the Royal Commission For Poor Law Reform and Relieving of Distress. Most of the appointees were social reformers,...

“A Prophet Before Her Time:” Beatrice Potter Webb, Part 1: Beatrice Webb’s Life Up...

Few political thinkers have influenced British society and politics in the 20th Century as much as Beatrice Potter Webb. She was a prodigious scholar,...

How To Marry An English Lord: The Uniting of British Lords and American Heiresses

Winston Churchill was, among other things, an accomplished historian and writer, writing several books during his lifetime. Four of these: his four-volume A History...

“What About the Rentiers?”: The Formation of the National Government (1931), Part 2

Many had expected that a Conservative-Liberal Coalition would become the next Government, a thought that MacDonald shared. (1) However, this was not the case....

“What About the Rentiers?”: The Formation of the National Government (1931), Part 1

The formation of the National Government in August 1931 remains one of the more controversial issues in Labour Party and 20th Century British political...
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