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Category: History

The French Religious Wars: Part I of III

The French Wars of Religion were another prominent and extended chapter of the waves of religious wars that plagued Europe in the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation. The particular conflict […]

How a Peasant Became Emperor of Rome

His rise through the ranks rested on noble largess he tapped into with his skill at arms and adept social maneuvering, and a level of ruthlessness and cunning that was shocking even at that time.

Of Human Rights and Nation-States

Outside of Central Europe, the Reformation would meet stiff resistance, as large established monarchies fought the rise of the first religious minority groups in their kingdoms. Eventually, these kingdom, such as France, would form coalitions to attempt to slow the spread of Protestantism.

Of Protestants and Princes

Despite the tenuousness of this “peace” the document signed at Augsburg would be one of the first examples of European states recognizing the right of self-determination of other states and the right of people to choose their own religious practice.

The Voyage of the Endurance

Led by Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, the expedition failed to accomplish its goal of an Antarctic land crossing, but became an epic feat of endurance in its own right.

Philosophy of History

. . . . we currently live in a stable, prosperous world, and we should understand the larger trends that produced this world, regardless of the motivations or intentions of those who helped produce it.

WWII and the World Order

On May 8th, 1945, Nazi Germany formally surrendered without conditions to Allied Forces in Berlin. The act of surrender was signed by Karl Donitz, Adolf Hitler’s successor following his suicide […]