European History

History of Bastille Day

July 11, 2017

Getting Ready for Bastille Day, 2017! Learn about the history and celebrations of July 14th from Professor Ann Williams, professor of French. […]

European History

The Ukraine-Russia Crisis Explained

June 24, 2017

Survey the recent crisis in Ukraine and see how the origins of this conflict stem from the last hundred years of the region’s history, which is rife with skirmishes and shifting borders. After providing the historical context, Professor Liulevicius explains the ins and outs of the current crisis, including ethnic divisions within Ukraine and Russia’s attitude toward former Soviet territory. […]

Hand-coloured photograph of the original Amber Room, 1931
European History

The Lost Treasure of the Amber Room

June 21, 2017

What incredible images are evoked by the lost treasure of the Amber Room of the Tsars, looted and spirited away from Russia during World War II. […]

Interior page of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon. (Image: By The Internet Archive/Public Domain)
Ancient History

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

April 3, 2017

For all its renown as a work of style, elegance, wit, and insight, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by the Enlightenment historian Edward Gibbon can be quite intimidating for the armchair historian. Yet even today, centuries after its original publication, Gibbon’s historical chronicle demands to be read and understood. […]

Ukrain vs Russia rivalry
European History

Ukraine and Russia: A Violent Identity Crisis

March 24, 2017

The history of Russia and Ukraine has been tumultuous, and marred by violence. Scholars have noted that Russia without Ukraine is a country, but Ukraine and Russia combined is an empire. As the conflict between regions continues, it’s hard to imagine a time when the relationship will finally be stable. […]

Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte(Image: By Édouard Detaille/Public Domain)
European History

Napoleon—The Rise to Power and History of Napoleon Bonaparte

March 21, 2017

Napoleon Bonaparte stands as one of the greatest self-made men in the history of the world. But exactly how did the second son of a minor noble on Corsica turn himself into Emperor of France and, arguably, the most influential figure of the 19th century? […]

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