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Christmas in the Trenches

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

An interesting read about the Germans and the Americans/British during the trench warfare that occurred in France. It describes human decency, during a most important holiday for many countries: Christmas. I don’t wish to give away too much of the reading, but it does inspire hope that perhaps not all humans engulfed in the fires […]

Quick History of Franz Ferdinand

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

This is just a little history byte about Franz Ferdinand, and the specifics of how he was assassinated, by whom, and how it all began. It quickly explains the terrorist group the “Black Hand” and how they were affiliated, and why they set out to assassinate Franz.

Britain Civil Rights

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Four decades following the American Revolutionary War a similar series of events was stirring in the midst of Britain.  Severe inequality had developed between the landowning and poverty-stricken populations of the country, and by 1815 <5% of the male population had achieved suffrage. Additionally, redistricting issues plagued the country with political instability.  Parliamentary reapportionment (or, […]

Arts in the Enlightenment

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Nicole Steck The Enlightenment was characterized by an increase in thought, literature, philosophy, and the arts. Many of the most striking art forms include architecture and music. Much of the music remains celebrated today, especially that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart, now one of the most famous composers of all time, lived in relative obscurity […]

Rural and Urban Lifestlyes during the Industrial Revolution

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

During the Industrial Revolution, work patterms started to change from farming and household chores to factory and mine working. This brought on more machines working rather than humans. This was a huge change for people during this period of time. Most people worked for generations (mostly farmers and peasants) doing the same thing their families did for years. […]

Religion During the Enlightenment

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

During the Reformation era, the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus (Jesuits) was founded and became a leading group in promoting and providing education. Many leader of the Enlightenment were Jesuit educated, making them the most influential teachers in the Age of Enlightenment. They tended to stress traits, such as discipline and intellectual exactitude, that were […]

Comic Map of Europe in 1870

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

*More on the ‘Carte drôlatique d’Europe pour 1870‘ “Satirical political cartoon map of Europe showing countries personified in caricature and alluding to the tensions that finally erupted as the Franco-Prussian War in July 1870.  In the center, a buffoonish Prussia interacts with its suspicious neighbors.  England is depicted as an old woman holding its dog, […]

‘Carte drôlatique d’Europe pour 1870‘

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

“All was not well in Europe in 1870, the year the Franco-Prussian war would lead to a united German Empire and a humiliated France; one could call it the first of three European civil wars, the other two being World Wars One and Two. This French satirical cartoon map (‘Carte drôlatique d’Europe pour 1870‘) sought […]

Ch. 20 – Durability of the Third French Republic Tested

Friday, February 5th, 2010

During the 1890’s and early 1900’s the Third French Republic was severely tested by a political scandal that split the nation.  The integrity of the French justice system was tested and and failed.  Captain Alfred Dreyfus was accused, and wrongly convicted of selling French military secrets to the Germans.  Dreyfus pleaded for a public trial, […]

Ch. 17: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the Guillotine

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

During the late 18th century, Paris was experiencing a great political uprising commonly known as The French Revolution.  France, perhaps the richest nation of the time, was slowly finding itself in huge amounts of debt thanks to the reigning King, Louis XVI.  Louis’ need for luxurious things ( Palace of Versailles ring a bell?)added more […]