Slaves and soldiers
American History

Slavery, Compromise, and the Long Road to War

July 26, 2019

What caused the Civil War? No discussion introducing the American Civil War would be complete without an extensive analysis of slavery and the economic conditions of the antebellum world. Delve into the complexities of the years leading up to the Civil War. Find out what was happening at the state and federal levels of government that put Americans on the road to war. […]

Confederate battle flag and 34 stars American Civil War Flag
History

How the American Confederacy Was Born

July 18, 2019

By February 1, 1861, the Deep South states had left the Union. What happened next was the need for a new government. Go inside the dramatic political convention held in Montgomery, Alabama, which gave birth to the Confederate States of America. […]

First publication announcing South Carolina's session from the union
History

The South’s Slide to Secession

July 18, 2019

The election of 1860 concluded with Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans triumphant. The great question facing the United States: How would the South react? Take a closer look at the Lower South’s immediate move toward secession. […]

Egypt's pyramids and sphinx
Ancient History

Why Study the History of Ancient Egypt?

July 18, 2019

We know an incredible amount about the history of Egypt. We don’t know as much about the Mayans, the Assyrians, or the Babylonians, but we do know a lot about the Egyptians. Find out why that is and how best to approach a study of ancient Egypt. […]

Detail of "School of Athens" by Raphael
History

Philosophical Views of the Middle Ages

July 18, 2019

For the Humanists, the Middle Ages were so dismal asto not be worth studying. But what about subsequent centuries of philosophers? How did Enlightenment and Romantic thinkers see this period of history? How do their competing views influence our understanding of whether the Middle Ages was a period to be cherished—or feared? […]

History

Who Invented the Middle Ages?

July 18, 2019

No one in the Middle Ages had ever heard of the term. It’s a posthumous concept, in many ways. If you’d asked someone in the Middle Ages where they fit into history, or how human history was structured, they would have pointed you to Saint Augustine. So who deserves credit for the invention of the Middle Ages as an idea? […]

History

Why the Middle Ages Matter Today

July 18, 2019

Medieval Europe is very far removed from us, both chronologically and geographically. Given how removed the High Middle ages is from us today, the answer to the question of why one should study medieval history is not immediately apparent. […]

Augusto di Prima Porta or Caesar Augustus (Octavian) in Rome, Italy
History

Octavian vs. Mark Antony: The Battle Continues

July 18, 2019

In the power vacuum left by Julius Caesar’s death, a struggle commenced to gain control of Rome. The main contenders were Caesar’s grandnephew Octavian and Mark Antony, who partnered with the famed Cleopatra. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the battle between Octavian and Mark Antony, as well as its aftermath. […]

Fight scene on a relief of the Arch of Constantine, Rome, Italy
History

The Ancient Roman Republic and Its Military Might

July 18, 2019

The ancient Roman Republic was neither technologically nor tactically superior to its foes, and its army was really only a citizen militia. However, unusual military strategies, along with sheer determination, enabled Rome to win many battles, and eventually victory, over Greece. […]

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