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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.

Women in the 19th Century – Life in Regency England, Part 1: Society

Life in high society during the Regency was a glamorous round of balls and parties, governed by strict rules of etiquette. Members of society,...

The Conscience of His Generation: George Lansbury, Pacifism, and the 1930s

There seldom has been a more committed idealist in British politics than George Lansbury. He once wrote that he sympathized with "...those who stand...

“A Party For Ordinary Blokes:” The Birth of Britain’s Labour Party, 1900-1924

One of the greatest political events of 20th-century British history was the twin rise to prominence of the Labour Party and the sudden demise...

The Statute of Westminster (1931): Canada’s “Declaration of Independence”

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The War Fought Over “A Scrap of Paper:” England And The Outbreak Of WWI

On August 3, 1914, the British Foreign Secretary's, Sir Edward Grey, worst fears became realized. In less than a week, the carefully constructed old...

Lloyd George’s “People’s Budget,” and the Parliamentary Act of 1911, Part 2

As a result, Parliament was dissolved and the General Election was set for January 1910. The Liberals, before the crisis somewhat divided, went to...

Lloyd George’s “People’s Budget,” and the Parliamentary Act of 1911, Part 1

In December 1905, James Balfour, the Conservative prime minister (PM), suddenly resigned. (1) King Edward VII called upon Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, the Leader of...

The Boer War (1899-1902): Britain’s Wakeup Call

In 1886, gold was discovered in the Transvaal region of South Africa, an area then populated mostly by Afrikaans speaking Boers, descendents of the...

Nechama Tec – Christians in the Holocaust: She Contends that Many People and Some...

Holocaust survivor and historian Nechama Nec says that individuals and a few countries, like Denmark, saved as many Jews as they could. Nechama Tec, in...

The Dieppe Raid in its Proper Context

On August 19, 1942, nearly 6,000 soldiers, a large proportion of them Canadian, raided the French port city of Dieppe. This operation, the largest...
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