Sunday, August 9, 2020

European History

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.

Battle of Hastings, The Finale

The Battle of Hastings had raged on for most of the day, and Harold and the Saxon defenders still held the high ground, despite...

Eadwig: Teen King With a Short Reign

Eadred died childless, so the problem of succession rose its ugly head again. Eadwig, nephew to Eadred, was chosen to be king, largely because...

Early Arthurian Britain – Barbarians at the Gates

When the Romans attempted to gain control of the Scottish highlands, they were met with strong resistance from a loose confederation of tribes. The...

Britain and Appeasement – History of the Second World War

Appeasement was the foreign policy of the British and French governments, an effort to prevent war in the face of Nazi Germany's aggressive expansion. During...

Cultural Treasures: The Fortified Churches in Transylvania

The fortified churches in Transylvania were the trademark of the Saxon population brought here by King Geza II of Hungary, in the 12th century....

The Rise of Nationalism During the Renaissance

The movement of nationalism had its foundations in the changing world of the Renaissance and was brought about by vernacular language and economic factors. There...

The Trojan War: Another Look

So says Iman Wilkens in his wonderfully entertaining historical expose Where Troy Once Stood. Wilkens says that Troy was in England and that Mycenae...

The Early Years of Jörg Haider

The Austrian politician Jörg Haider was one of the most influential members of the extreme right in Europe until his death in 2008. Perhaps...

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...

Glastonbury Abbey: Christian Beginnings in Wessex

The name Glastonbury is associated with the Arthurian tradition in several ways. Most famously, Glastonbury is said to have been Avalon, the “apple isle,”...