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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 […]

An Inflection Point in American History

A Fitting Coda to a Year Like No Other Occasionally we seem to bear witness to something important. It’s the unsettling feeling of looking into the void of unwritten history and […]

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.

The Inhumanity of War

On the afternoon of March 22, 1943, a convoy of Nazi soldiers encircled the village of Khatyn in modern-day Belarus. The convoy had just survived an ambush by a group of Soviet […]

War with Iran, or Not

The news has lately been an unserious psychodrama, and journalists reduced to reporting an inane tweet punched out on the Presidential iPhone, or the latest entry in the impeached-or-not-impeached saga. […]