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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.

Red Army Faction: A Short History of West Germany’s Most Wanted

The Baader-Meinhof Gang, also known as the Red Army Faction, terrorised West Germany throughout the 1960s and 70s. Like many countries, West Germany experienced an...

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The Rise of Nationalism During the Renaissance

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Theodor Herzl Promotes a Jewish Homeland in Palestine

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The Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I and the Austrian Habsburgs

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Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People

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It can be said that Harold’s triumph over Harald and the Norwegian invasion force was a tremendous victory. It can be said that the...
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