A German coin with Hitler's face on it.
European History

The Nazis and the Great Depression

March 9, 2021

With the beginning of the Great Depression, tensions multiplied for the already staggering Weimar Republic at home. The Nazis made the most of this opportunity and succeeded in the elections of 1930. […]

A plague doctor walking along a misty lake.
European History

The Black Death: Europe’s First Contact with the Plague

March 1, 2021

In 1345, the Mongol army was ravaged by the plague. The Mongol forces recognized that they were defeated and that the siege was over. But before they withdrew, they engaged in what microbiologist Mark Wheelis has described as “the most spectacular incident of biological warfare ever”—they loaded up their trebuchets with plague-infected corpses and launched them into the city. […]

A plague doctor looking out of a gothic building
European History

The March of Black Death in Medieval Europe

March 1, 2021

In 1343, the Golden Horde army laid siege to the city of Caffa for two years. But then the Mongol forces were ravaged by a sudden plague, and so in a final act of revenge, they decided to load up the plague-ridden corpses of their dead soldiers and catapult them into the city. Many believe this event was the first contact of the European world with the Plague. […]

Defendants in the Beer Hall Putsch trial. From left to right: Heinz Pernet, Friedrich Weber, Wilhelm Frick, Hermann Kriebel, Erich Ludendorff, Hitler, Wilhelm Brückner, Ernst Röhm, and Robert Wagner.
European History

Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP

February 27, 2021

There was a relative recovery of the German economy from 1924 to 1928. This was also the time when Hitler re-established the NSDAP and attempted to create a network of propaganda cells all over Germany. […]

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European History

Was the Black Death Really a Bubonic Plague?

February 22, 2021

There are legitimate reasons to be doubtful of the claim that the Black Death was caused by the bacterium Yersinia Pestis. The means of transmission and an unsuitable climate raise serious doubts regarding this theory. […]

A scene depicting a man and a woman with their bodies full of purple patches.
European History

What Really Caused the Black Death: Anthrax or Celestial Bodies?

February 22, 2021

The Black Death is considered the deadliest pandemic in recorded history. In the past several decades, researchers and scientists have pointed out many gaps in the conventional understanding of what caused the Great Mortality and provided alternative hypotheses. […]

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