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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.

What are the “Twelve Days Of Christmas”? in the Christmas Carol

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The Nazi Invasion of Poland,1939: History of the Second World War

On 1st September 1939, Hitler ordered the invasion of Poland; the event which began the Second World War. Britain had previously tried a policy of...
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