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Published: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:22:37 +0000

 



What Were the Major Causes of the Renaissance?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Debunking the Myths: How Catherine the Great...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Renaissance Humanism

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

An explanation of Renaissance Humanism and why it was important.



What Were the Major Alliances of World War I?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



A Beginner's Guide to World War I

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Was Adolf Hitler a Socialist? Debunking a...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Hitler is often accused of being a socialist. This article explains why he wasn't.



Important Dates and Events in Renaissance History

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Causes of the Russian Revolution Part 1

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Absolutism in Theory and Practice

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Causes and Preconditions for the Industrial...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Was World War I Actually a 'World' War?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



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

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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?



Who Supported Hitler and Why?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



The Devastating Impact of the French Revolution...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



A Short Biography of Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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.



France in the American Revolutionary War

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

The American War of Independence and the critical role of France



The Effects of the American Revolutionary War...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Britain and the American Revolutionary War



Did the Treaty of Versailles Contribute to...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



A Beginner's Guide to the French Revolution

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Coal in the Industrial Revolution

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

How coal became the fuel of the Industrial Revolution.



Did Marie Antoinette say "Let Them Eat Cake"?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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A Beginner's Guide to the Industrial Revolution

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Girolamo Savonarola 1452 – 1498

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



A Beginner's Guide to the Enlightenment

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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 Is a Monarchy?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Information on European monarchy.



What did Hitler Believe?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Learn More About Napoleon Bonaparte, the Great...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



How Napoleon Became Emperor of France

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



What Effect did the Hundred Years War have?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



The History of the European Union (EU)

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



An Introduction to the Cold War in Europe

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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 Populists?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Canals were at their height during the...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Canals were at their height during the Industrial Revolution. This is how.



The 10 Best World War II Documentaries: Europe

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Railways burst into life during the Industrial...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Why Britain attempted to Tax American Colonists

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Why Britain attempted to Tax American Colonists



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

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Did Cotton drive the Industrial Revolution, or...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



What Was the Duma in Russia? - 1906 - 1917

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Debunking the Myths: How Short Was Napoleon?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



18 Key Thinkers of the Enlightenment

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Hitler’s Rise to Power: Timeline

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



The Origins of the French Revolution in the...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

A Discussion of the French Revolution and the Ancien Regime



Who Were the Borgias?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

The Borgias - A History of the Borgias



When was France's 'Beautiful Age'?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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 Best Books on the French Revolution

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



France - A Historical Profile

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



World War I's Treaty of Versailles Explained

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



The Rulers of France: From 840 Until 2015

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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.



A Beginner's Guide to the Renaissance

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



A Beginner's Guide to the Protestant Reformation

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Iron in the Industrial Revolution

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

How this key resource contributed to the industrial revolution.



What Areas of Life did the Enlightenment Reform?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

A summary of the main reforms the Enlightenment led to being thought up and carried out.



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

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Pre-Revolutionary France: Context for the...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



History of the French Revolution - Contents

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

A History of the French Revolution: Contents Page



The Truth Behind 300: Who Really Held Thermopylae

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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.



The Norman Conquest of 1066

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

An examination of the Norman Conquest of 1066 which changed English history.



How Edward III Fought, Gained and Lost in the...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Edward III managed to seize power and wield it in new ways, but it is the Hundred Years War he is most remembered for.



Timeline of the Russian Revolutions: 1905

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Russian Revolution Timeline - Timeline of the Russian Revolution of 1905



Key Events in Spanish History

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Key Events in Spanish History



The Consequences of the Norman Conquest

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

The Consequences of the Norman Conquest - how England was changed by the events of 1066 and after.



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

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



How Napoleon Introduced a Legal System that...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



The Kadets

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

The Kadets in Russian history. European History.



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

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Notable Writers from European History

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Notable Writers from European History



Horatio Hornblower - In Which Order Should You...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

There are two orders in which you can read the Horatio Hornblower novels, and this lists them for your easy reference.



Did Medieval People Believe in a Flat Earth?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Did Medieval People Believe in a Flat Earth? (Spoiler: no they didn't, but here's why we think they did.)



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

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



The Consequences of World War One

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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.



The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



The French-Indian War

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Coal Miners' Conditions During the Industrial...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



How did the term Protestant start?

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

The Protestant religion was first established in the sixteenth century, but how did it develop that name?



Why the Mensheviks and Bolsheviks fell out.

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

The Mensheviks and Bolsheviks in Russian History



Steam in the Industrial Revolution

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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 Development of Banking in the Industrial...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and How it Lost...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



How did roads, canals and rail develop in the...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

How did roads, canals and rail develop in the Industrial Revolution?



How did Public Health develop during the...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

How did Public Health develop during the Industrial Revolution?



The Sharpe Books: Bernard Cornwell's Historical...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe books come recommended, but there's a lot of them and they can be read in the order of historical events. This is that order.



The French Revolutionary Wars / War of the...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



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

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



The Zimmermann Telegram

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

This profile explains what the Zimmermann Telegram was, why it was sent and why the threat to the US was considered necessary, how it was revealed to the US public, and how their anger led to entry into World War 1. There is also the full translated text of the Telegram.



The Anglo-German Naval Race: A Pressure Behind...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

The Anglo-German Naval Race has been cited as a key factor in the start of World War 1. Here we explain what happened.



31 European Women c.1500 - 1945

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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The Donation of Constantine

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



History of Spain - Overview

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

History of Spain - Information on the History of Spain



NATO

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

NATO - Information on NATO the North Atlantic Treaty Organization



Gleischaltung: the Nazi Governance of Germany

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

An examination of the confusing way Nazi Germany was governed.



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

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



The Northern Renaissance

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



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

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

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



The Sultans of the Ottoman Empire: c.1300 to 1924

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

A list of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire with summaries of each.



Timeline of the Russian Revolutions: 1917 -...

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

Russian Revolution Timeline 1917 Part 2



The Key Events in the History of France

2016-09-28T11:22:37Z

France has a long and rich history, but we've broken it down into twenty six key events which span from c.800 BCE to the twentieth century.