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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.

The Macabre Execution of the Duke of Monmouth

On July 15, 1685 the illegitimate son of King Charles II was beheaded in one of the more gruesome executions ever to take place...

Did the Nazis Create the European Union?

The roots of the European Union date back to the 1920s. However leading Nazis also planned the creation of a European Union during the...

Food and Diet for the Rich and Poor in Tudor Times

A look at what people ate in the sixteenth century and the differences in diet between the rich and the poor. The Tudor Age (1485-1603)...

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 Norse God Tiwaz or Tyr and the Origin of Tuesday

"Tuesday" is a strange, arbitrary name for a day; just about as strange and arbitrary as "Wednesday". So, why is Tuesday called "Tuesday"? Tuesday is...

Short History of Romanticism In France and Germany

Romanticism was influenced by writers, musicians, artists, and philosophers throughout Germany and France; focusing on "individual liberties" and unity. Romanticisms beginnings are questionable. According...

The Story Behind Dracula, The Lady Vampire

Since its publication in 1897, Stoker's vampire tale has never been out of print, and the story behind the tale is as interesting...

Enemies of God: Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche

German philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Karl both embody the antithesis of religion. Through this attack, they set a precedence for atheism. Rationalism and irrationalism were...

The Exhumation and Posthumous Execution of Oliver Cromwell

After leading republican forces to victory in the English Civil War, Cromwell became Lord Protector. After the Restoration, his body was exhumed and hanged. Oliver...

Austria-Hungary: The Dual Monarchy of Western Europe

The Royal House of Hapsburg had ruled in Europe for over five centuries. The Hapsburgs held territory in Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and...
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