v=Nabta Playa Calendar Circle, reconstructed at Aswan Nubia museum
Ancient History

Prehistoric Egypt: Deciphering Egypt’s Timeline

October 5, 2019

Prehistoric Egypt refers to that mysterious stretch of time before Egypt had writing. In order to uncover the chronology of that period in Egyptian civilization, historians had to rely on other sources as alternatives to written records. The Bible was a primary means of calculating human history until Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory. Learn about the three main categories of prehistory, and what Egypt’s first inhabitants were like. […]

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European History

The Commercial Revolution in Medieval Europe

October 4, 2019

From the years 1000 to 1300, Europe’s population nearly doubled. This demographic growth led to urbanization, which in turn led to the Commercial Revolution, as Europe became involved in trading around the world. Europe also developed a more sophisticated monetization system during this period. […]

Medieval farm (Image: Unknown/Public domain)
European History

Medieval Farming Technology Transforms Europe

October 3, 2019

Europe witnessed massive population growth in the High Middle Ages, from 1000 to 1300. This growth was largely due to the refinement of medieval farming technology, such as the plow, which improved upon previous models, and resulting in increased efficiency and output to feed more people than ever before. Explore the key technological advances in medieval farming that made such a transformation possible. […]

The Fight Between Carnival and Lent. Painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
European History

How Europe’s Population in the Middle Ages Doubled

October 2, 2019

Europe’s population in the Middle Ages, between the years 1000 and 1300, roughly doubled. This fact may not seem remarkable to modern readers, but historically, it was unprecedented. Discover previous obstacles to population growth, as well as the factors accounting for this expansion. […]

Medieval knights (Image: Nejron Photo/Shutterstock)
European History

Introducing the Chivalric Knights

October 2, 2019

The High Middle Ages were home to a class of warrior aristocrats perched atop high medieval society, but these nobles were a far cry from the chivalric knights that one often associates with the era. Where did the chivalric ideal come from? Take a close look at origins and nature of the chivalric code. […]

Knights fighting during a tournament (Image: Lovell/Shutterstock)
History

Tournaments of the Medieval Knights

October 1, 2019

Medieval knights have a reputation today for their manners of chivalry and their skill on horseback. In this article, explore the tournaments where knights practiced jousting, tilting and more. Discover how the chivalric code may have influenced the nature of tournaments. […]

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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. […]

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