Image of Mosaic Floor found at Villa Torre de Palma
Ancient History

Discovering an Ancient Roman Villa: Torre de Palma

December 1, 2017

Torre de Palma, the “Tower of the Palm,” is a Roman latifundia, or villa, way out in the westernmost province of the mainland of the Roman Empire, in modern-day Portugal. It was discovered in 1947 in a special way that is emblematic of certain kinds of discoveries. […]

Image of Napoleon Bonaparte during the french revolution
European History

Napoleon and the French Revolution

October 12, 2017

When the French Revolution came, Napoleon was ready. He got as much military leave time as he could get, and he plunged into revolutionary politics in Corsica. The story of Napoleon and the French Revolution defines the man who would rise to power as one of the most influential leaders of the 19th century. […]

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. […]

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