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Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:20:47 +0000

 



What Were the Major Causes of the Renaissance?

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This discussion of the causes of the Renaissance looks at seven key factors which helped thes era defining movement begin and develop.



Renaissance Humanism

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

An explanation of Renaissance Humanism and why it was important.



What Were the Major Alliances of World War I?

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How Europe divided in 1914 at the start of World War One, and why these alliances had been formed.



What Caused the Russian Revolution?

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

These were the long term causes of the Russian Revolution, the factors which eroded the Tsarist government in the run up to 1917.



A Beginner's Guide to World War I

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World War 1 was arguably the key event of the twentieth century, setting in motion revolutions and wars which would created the contemporary world.



Causes and Preconditions for the Industrial...

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What caused the Industrial Revolution, what was Britain like before it, and is there a set of pre-conditions?



How did the Industrial Revolution Change...

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Britain's population changed rapidly in the industrial revolution, in terms of size and location (as cities expanded greatly).



Absolutism in Theory and Practice

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An introduction to Absolutism in European History, including whether it ever really existed...



Did the Treaty of Versailles Contribute to...

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A look at a major controversy of twentieth century history: did the Treaty of Versailles contribute to Hitler's rise to power?



Was Adolf Hitler a Socialist? Debunking a...

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Hitler is often accused of being a socialist, usually for modern political reasons rather than history. This article explains why he wasn't.



Debunking the Myths: How Catherine the Great...

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This entry in our historical myths series examines two legends about the death of Catherine the Great: one involving horses and one toilets.



Who Supported Hitler and Why?

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An examination of why many of the German people supported Hitler.



Important Dates and Events in Renaissance History

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This timeline of the Renaissance contains key dates in cultural history alongside political developments and links to discussions.



Was World War I Actually a 'World' War?

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A complete list of the many countries involved in World War 1 including a map and different ways of presenting the information.



An Introduction to the Cold War in Europe

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

This profile of the Cold War explains how it began after World War 2, why it was 'Cold', what happened in Europe and how it ended peacefully.



Who Were the November Criminals? (And Were They...

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The November Criminals were nothing of the sort, just the Germans who negotiated their nation's surrender in World War One. So why did they get that name?



A Beginner's Guide to the Industrial Revolution

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The Industrial Revolution completely changed the world. This page introduces the concepts and links to in depth explanations.



France in the American Revolutionary War

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A look at the American Revolutionary War and the decisive role France played in ending the conflict in the colonists favor.



What Effect did the Hundred Years War have?

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The Hundred Years War didn't appear to have definitely ended in 1453, and had many effects on Britain and France.



A Beginner's Guide to the French Revolution

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This brief account of the French Revolution explains all the key events, links to a larger narrative history, and explains the consequences.



The Devastating Impact of the French Revolution...

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A discussion of the changes caused by the French Revolution on France and Europe. You could argue the birth of the modern world...



We all know the 'Third Reich', but what were...

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An explanation of the three 'German' Reichs and how they relate, from Charlemagne to Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.



Coal in the Industrial Revolution

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How coal became the fuel of the Industrial Revolution.



Who Were the Borgias and Why are they Perfect...

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The Borgias have kept people's interests ever since their Renaissance rule, thanks to a combination of violence, skullduggery and rumor.



Who were the Populists?

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Russia's Populists were nineteenth century socialists who believed rural villages must be saved from industrialization.



The Effects of the American Revolutionary War...

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Britain didn't fare as badly by losing the American Revolutionary War as you might think...



The History of the European Union (EU)

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A History of the European Union - The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union between European countries.



Did Cotton drive the Industrial Revolution, or...

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Did Cotton drive the Industrial Revolution, or are things more complicated?



Learn More About Napoleon Bonaparte, the Great...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

This biography of Napoleon Bonaparte condenses his life down to the essentials in two short pages, and links to extra material on his wars and government.



What did Hitler Believe?

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A look at the confusing mixture of ideas which we believe drove Hitler.



What Is a Monarchy?

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Information on European monarchy.



How Napoleon Became Emperor of France

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How did Napoleon persuade France to allow him to become Emperor? This article explains why.



Hitler’s Rise to Power: Timeline

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A ready reference for the dates of Hitler's Rise to Power.



A Short Biography of Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)

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This quick introduction to German dictator Adolf Hitler traces his life from obscure artist, paramilitary leader, rise to power and starting World War 2, through to his ultimate defeat and suicide.



The Consequences of World War One

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A look at the major consequences of World War One, from redrawing the map to creating myths that would contribute to a second great war.



What Was the Sussex Pledge of 1916 and How Did...

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Breaking their 'Sussex Pledge' meant Germany induced the USA to enter World War One. But what was the pledge about?



Girolamo Savonarola 1452 – 1498

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Preacher and friar Girolamo Savonarola came to practically rule Florence before a fall from power and execution. This is a biography.



Canals were at their height during the...

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Canals were at their height during the Industrial Revolution when, for a short time, they allowed the vast changes to take place.



The 10 Best World War II Documentaries: Europe

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

A selection of the best documentaries about Europe and World War 2.






World War I's Treaty of Versailles Explained

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The Treaty of Versailles ended World War One and has been accused of starting World War Two.



The Origins of the French Revolution in the...

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A Discussion of the French Revolution and the Ancien Regime



Pre-Revolutionary France: Context for the...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

What was France like before the French Revolution? This article explains the country and the context.



The Brezhnev Doctrine: The USSR Raises the Whip

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An Explanation of the Brezhnev Doctrine, a Soviet policy to control their Eastern European empire.



The Northern Renaissance

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Not all the great artworks and developments of the renaissance occurred in or around Italy; this article discusses the 'Northern Renaissance'.



Did Marie Antoinette say "Let Them Eat Cake"?

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Iron in the Industrial Revolution

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How this key resource contributed to the industrial revolution.



Railways burst into life during the Industrial...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Railways burst into life during the Industrial Revolution. This is how.



The Best Books on the French Revolution

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

This is our selection of the best books on the French Revolution, for both students and interested readers.



What Effect did the Norman Conquest have?

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The consequences of the Norman Conquest: how England was changed by the events of 1066 and after.



How Napoleon Introduced a Legal System that...

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A description of the Napoleonic Code / Code Napoleon and why it is so important and influenced so much of the world.



A Beginner's Guide to the Renaissance

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This page explains the key elements of the most famous renaissance, c. 1400 - 1600, and links to greater detail.



France - A Historical Profile

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

France has a long and rich history and this page offers a starting point.



A Narrative History of the French Revolution

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This multi part history of the French Revolution takes you from the early financial crisis to the take over by Napoleon.



The Norman Conquest of England in 1066

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An examination of the Norman Conquest of 1066 which changed English history to a huge and permanent degree.



The Development of Banking in the Industrial...

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How did the development of banking and finance help the industrial revolution?



A Beginner's Guide to the Enlightenment

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

The Enlightenment was the era of history which really produced the modern, secular age, and which set the scene for the good and bad to come.



What Was the Duma in Russia? - 1906 - 1917

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What was Russia's Duma, and how did it fail everyone, the people and Tsar combined?



The Rulers of France: From 840 Until 2015

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

The rulers of France number some of the most famous monarchs (like Louis XIV,) emperors (like Napoleon) and presidents, like de Gaulle, in world history. This is a listing with links to biographies.



The Zimmermann Telegram - America is Provoked...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

This profile explains what the Zimmermann Telegram was, why it was sent and why the threat to the US was considered necessary.



The Hitler Youth and the Indoctrination of...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

In order to create his perfect society, Hitler introduced a set of pseudo-military groups for children: the Hitler Youth.



Debunking the Myths: How Short Was Napoleon?

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Was Napoleon Bonaparte Short? - The Height and Possible Myth of the Short Napoleon Bonaparte



The Estates General and the Start of the French...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

In page 3 of our History of the French Revolution we explain how the Estates General met in 1789, and how the revolution began.



How did Public Health Develop During the...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

The Industrial Revolution didn't just cause changes in iron or steam, it changed the way we live. This article looks at Public Health.



Why did Weimar democracy fall and Hitler's...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

A contents page for our narrative of Germany from 1919 to 1934.



When Did the French Revolution End? (There are...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

This article explores the end dates of the French Revolution, and why there are several possibilities that no one agrees on.



A Beginner's Guide to the Protestant Reformation

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

This summary presents an outline of the Protestant Reformation of the 16 century, the religious schism which split western Christianity.



The Donation of Constantine

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What was the Donation of Constantine, how was the fraud discovered, and why did it last so long?



Why Britain attempted to Tax American Colonists

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The aftermath of the Seven Years War led Britain to try and tax American colonists, not out of greed, but for these reasons.



The French Revolutionary Wars / War of the...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

A narrative of the French Revolutionary Wars, which became the war of the First Coalition.



Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and How it Lost...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Unrestricted submarine warfare: one of the greatest strategic mistakes of the 20th century and a key reason Germany lost World War One.



When was France's 'Beautiful Age'?

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The Belle Époque was the 'Beautiful Age', the moment when the industry revolution produced modern consumerism and a change in culture the wealthy could enjoy.



The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

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This page summarizes the events of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and links to detailed narratives.



The Truth Behind 300: Who Really Held Thermopylae

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Thanks to a film (and a comic book), many people know the story of 300 and the Spartans. But there's a problem, and that's own to pro-Spartan PR.



Key Figures of World War One

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World War 1 lasted just over four years, and included many belligerent nations. Consequently, there are a lot of famous names involved in this listing



Did Mussolini get the Trains Running on Time?

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

You might have heard the phrase 'Mussolini got the trains running on time'. The reality is more complicated.



18 Key Thinkers of the Enlightenment

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

A listing of eighteen key thinkers of the Enlightenment from across Europe with biographical sketches for each.



A Biography of Vlad the Impaler / Vlad III...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Vlad the Impaler - Information on Vlad the Impaler - Dracula - Tepes



The French-Indian War

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The French-Indian War - Britain and France in the The French-Indian War in America



Coal Miners' Conditions During the Industrial...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Coal was vital to the Industrial Revolution, but miners faced many problems.



What Was the Nazi Idea of Volksgemeinschaft?

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Volksgemeinschaft was an ideal in Nazi ideology, and this article explains what it wanted and why it had such a negative impact on Europe.



When did World War 2 End? And Why are there Two...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

You'd think the end of World War Two would be simple. In fact there are two end dates in Europe.



The Best Books on World War I - The Great War

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

The literature about World War One is vast, but I feel these are the best books for a range of readers.



The Seven Years War and the Diplomatic Revolution

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The Diplomatic Revolution - The Seven Years War and the Diplomatic Revolution



The Black Death: The Worst Event in European...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

What was the Black Death? Did it really kill a third of Europe's population? What makes it the worst event in European history?



Stalin's Death: He did not Escape the...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Did Stalin die unaffected by the years of terror and death he had inflicted on Russia? No, he might have suffered consequences after all...



Timeline of the Russian Revolutions: The...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

This part of our timeline of the Russian Revolutions discusses the first one, in 1905, which was crushed by the authorities.



Steam in the Industrial Revolution

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Was steam a key part of the Industrial Revolution, or was it only later that it changed the world?



A Comprehensive Timeline of World War I

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

This part of our World War 1 timeline covers the year the war began, 1914, when Europe finally realised warfare had entered a new era.






The Kadets

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

The Kadets in Russian history. European History.



Napoleon's Hold on France

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

An examination of how Napoleon was able to rule and control France through so much war.



Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points - an explanation and the full text.



Workhouses and Reform: The UK Poor Laws of the...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Workhouses and Reform: The UK Poor Laws of the Industrial Revolution.



The Harrying of the North: Did William the...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

The Harrying of the North was William I's attempt to subdue northern England, but how brutal was it?



French Revolution Timeline: Background Pre-1789

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

French Revolution Timeline - Pre 1789



How and Why France and England Fought for a...

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

A History of the Hundred Years War between England and France.



Indulgences and their Role in the Reformation

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

Indulgences were important in the start of the Reformation; this explains what they were, and why they caused such great upset to Martin Luther.



History of Spain - Overview

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History of Spain - Information on the History of Spain



How did the Nazis treat women?

2017-01-21T11:20:47Z

An look at how the Nazis treated women during their years in power.