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  • The battle of the Somme is today synonymous with military folly and pointless bloodshed, but in truth there were good reasons to attempt the massive assault. The military balance at the time favoured the defender, but there seemed to be no other way to break the deadlock.

    World War I: The Battle Of The Somme

    World War I: The Battle Of The Somme

    by James Kenny13

  • Edwin Booth, the great Shakespearean actor, achieved his fame through tragedy. Ironically, the tragic assassination of President Lincoln by his younger brother nearly undermined his success.

    Edwin Booth: 19th Century Tragic Actor

    Edwin Booth: 19th Century Tragic Actor

    by Brian Lokker6

  • This illustrated article tells the story of the Crystal Palace dinosaurs - monuments to the Victorian era and the cultural and scientific advancements of the Age.

    The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

    The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

    by Greensleeves Hubs13

  • Mary Todd Lincoln's outlandish behavior and bouts with depression led many to believe she was insane. Modern medical knowledge may contradict that theory. Was she insane or overwhelmed with grief?

    Mary Todd Lincoln: Was She Insane?

    Mary Todd Lincoln: Was She Insane?

    by Thelma Raker Coffone48

  • Sarah Forbes Bonetta was an orphaned African princess given as a gift to Queen Victoria by the King of Dahomey. Victoria became Sarah's godmother, and received her into the royal extended family.

    Queen Victoria’s Black Princess

    Queen Victoria’s Black Princess

    by Ronald E Franklin87

  • Feudalism shaped the Middle Ages in Europe and defined the social and economic relationships between people from the 9th through to the 15th century. Here are 15 facts about Feudalism.

    15 Facts About Feudalism

    15 Facts About Feudalism

    by Paul Goodman13

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  • From antiquity till modernity, China was ruled by over 800 emperors. Here are the greatest among all Chinese emperors. The ones credited with China’s growth and survival as a major civilisation.

    Top 10 Greatest Chinese Emperors

    Top 10 Greatest Chinese Emperors

    by Kuan Leong Yong15

  • There is no evidence that Jesus actually existed as an historical person. Some Biblical scholars have concluded that Jesus is totally mythological—a melding of Jewish, Hellenistic and pagan religion.

    Did Jesus Exist or Is It All a Myth?

    Did Jesus Exist or Is It All a Myth?

    by Catherine Giordano349

  • Who were the parents of Tutankhamun? Little is still known about the life and death of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, but recent DNA analysis on royal mummies of the Amarna period have produced some surprising results

    Parents of Tutankhamun?– Royal Mummy DNA Tested

    Parents of Tutankhamun?– Royal Mummy DNA Tested

    by CMHypno9

  • William Wallace is most often associated by many with the movie, Braveheart. William Wallace, however, was very real and this page looks at the truth behind the myths.

    William Wallace, Braveheart - The True Story

    William Wallace, Braveheart - The True Story

    by Gordon N Hamilton22

  • Young British men from upper-class families flocked to the colours in the First World War; for most, life in uniform was miserable and short.

    Junior Officers in World War One

    Junior Officers in World War One

    by Rupert Taylor2

  • Reports on the demise of the view of human consciousness as immaterial and non-reducible to brain activity are greatly exaggerated

    What on Earth Happened to the Soul?

    What on Earth Happened to the Soul?

    by John Paul Quester6

  • Everyone that ever lived and everything they did has contributed to our history. It's the story of people on this planet. Historians are time-detectives, looking for clues to find out about the past.

    What Is History? Introducing History to Kids

    What Is History? Introducing History to Kids

    by Amanda Littlejohn47

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  • During the scourge of warfare, defenseless children are often exploited in the most ruthless scenarios. Whether evacuated to safer places, tested for ethnic purity or imprisoned, they suffer.

    Displaced Children: Victims of WW2

    Displaced Children: Victims of WW2

    by Colleen Swan14

  • Grinding poverty forced families to send children as young as three off to work in the most appalling conditions imaginable.

    Child Labour in Victorian Britain

    Child Labour in Victorian Britain

    by Rupert Taylor1

  • City life in Renaissance Florence, Italy provided the unique social and political environment necessary for so many talented artists to display their gifts so completely. Here's how.

    Artisan Culture in Renaissance Florence

    Artisan Culture in Renaissance Florence

    by Christy Kirwan5

  • Magazines, books, art materials, toilet tissue, wall-coverings, tickets, posters, packaging and even money are all made from paper. But where does paper come from, who invented it and how is it made?

    The Story of Paper

    The Story of Paper

    by Amanda Littlejohn22

  • Christopher Columbus was not the first to discover the Americas, nor was he the first to realize that the earth is round. He was the first, however, in other exploits, namely genocide and the transatlantic slave trade. Doesn't sound familiar? Read on.

    The Truth About Christopher Columbus

    The Truth About Christopher Columbus

    by Faceless3951

  • Lost in the woods of the Ardennes, a lone American artillery lieutenant sets out to fight his own war against the Germans.

    What Happened to Lt. Eric Wood?

    What Happened to Lt. Eric Wood?

    by CJ Kelly55

  • Be very greatful that we live in the times we do. Imagine what it was like in days gone by when you had to wipe your bottom with leaves and moss!

    A History of Humanity's Disgusting Hygiene

    A History of Humanity's Disgusting Hygiene

    by Helen Murphy Howell43

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  • Three generations of the Kim family have governed North Korea with iron-fisted control for almost 70 years.

    North Korea’s Kim Family

    North Korea’s Kim Family

    by Rupert Taylor0

  • The famous “Pascal’s Wager” asks us to consider the question of the existence of God as a wager. Which is the better bet—belief or disbelief?

    Pascal’s Wager—Is it a Good Bet?

    Pascal’s Wager—Is it a Good Bet?

    by Catherine Giordano132

  • Causing the death of another human being by deliberate poisoning, if proved to a court’s satisfaction, constitutes incontrovertible evidence of premeditated murder.

    Criminal Law - Murder by Poison

    Criminal Law - Murder by Poison

    by Colleen Swan7

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  • Catalonia has a rich and varied history, transforming from a tribal confederation through Roman, Barbarian and French rule until joining Aragon in the Spanish world.

    Catalonia: Forged in History

    Catalonia: Forged in History

    by ata15151

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  • After years of teaching groups of seniors about writing their life stories, I'm sharing here my tips on Memoir Writing. I hope you are writing your own memories for future generations.

    Tips on How to Write a Memoir

    Tips on How to Write a Memoir

    by Virginia Allain3

  • The Great Depression was a severe economic downturn that occurred in the 1930s. It was triggered by a stock market crash in the U.S.A., but went on to affect the wider world.

    10 Facts About the Great Depression

    10 Facts About the Great Depression

    by Paul Goodman6

  • Edward VIII gave up his throne in 1936 to marry a divorcée and then played along with Nazis in hopes of getting his crown back.

    The Duke of Windsor’s Betrayal

    The Duke of Windsor’s Betrayal

    by Rupert Taylor5

  • One of the most notorious criminals in English history was convicted of murdering his wife in 1910; new evidence implies an innocent man was hanged.

    Was Dr. Hawley Crippen Innocent?

    Was Dr. Hawley Crippen Innocent?

    by Rupert Taylor6

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  • Sara Smythe is managerette of new luxury apartments in NY. 100 years later, Bailey is renovating the apartments. How did Sara wind up in jail for murder? An engrossing tragedy of the lost Gilded Age.

    The Address Book Discussion and Recipe

    The Address Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch0

  • Poe was a master at reaching out to awaken the deepest emotions in others by shedding light on his own sorrows. Poe expressed the deepest love and deeper sorrows that was very much a part of himself.

    The Loves and Sorrows of Edgar Allan Poe

    The Loves and Sorrows of Edgar Allan Poe

    by Phyllis Doyle Burns30

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  • Charles E. Boles had numerous aliases but he was known to all in California as Black Bart, the stagecoach robber.

    Black Bart: A Courteous Robber

    Black Bart: A Courteous Robber

    by Rupert Taylor0

  • Secular humanism is a little understood human–centered philosophy of life. It is non-theistic, rooted in science, with explicit moral and ethical directives.

    What Is Secular Humanism?

    What Is Secular Humanism?

    by Catherine Giordano45

  • Sam Patch, a mill worker from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, captivated the American public in the 1820s with his spectacular, death-defying leaps off waterfalls and other high, dangerous places. Patch became known as the "Jersey Jumper" and the "Yankee Leaper," as he conquered the Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey, Niagara Falls, and the Upper Falls of the Genesee River in Rochester, New York. He died making his second jump at the Genesee falls, but he became an American folk hero.

    Waterfall Jumper Sam Patch: Early American Daredevil

    Waterfall Jumper Sam Patch: Early American Daredevil

    by Brian Lokker10

  • Who was Buddha? What are the facts and myths of his life? What are the basics of his teachings? Are the teachings of Buddha a practical philosophy for the 21st century?

    Understanding the Life and Teachings of Buddha

    Understanding the Life and Teachings of Buddha

    by Catherine Giordano53

  • In an epic three-day battle, the brief history of the Confederacy reached its zenith as General Robert E. Lee's second invasion of the North was repulsed at Gettysburg in southern Pennsylvania.

    The American Civil War: Battle Of Gettysburg

    The American Civil War: Battle Of Gettysburg

    by James Kenny24

  • The worst most otrocious acts were done within concentration camps. Here you can learn what the German Holocaust was and what happened at the concentration camps.

    Facts About Concentration Camps

    Facts About Concentration Camps

    by Angela Michelle Schultz61

  • The most efficient branch of the U.S. Army in World War II was the artillery. 20 years of innovations between the wars helped make it the best in the world.

    Artillery Innovations in WWII

    Artillery Innovations in WWII

    by CJ Kelly6

  • Brief comparison between British and American English; then an overview of various native languages, dialects and accents in Britain to highlight the language diversity in UK compared to the USA.

    American vs British Accents, Dialects and Languages

    American vs British Accents, Dialects and Languages

    by Arthur Russ4

  • Down in the hollow one may hear echos of the drills that bore into the hillsides, eking out mines with seams so narrow in some places that miners had to move through on their knees. If anyone could go down into the mines now, there might be sounds from the distant past -- pick axes, hammers and other tools still chinking away in the dark underground.

    Old Coal Mining Towns of Appalachia Linger in the Past

    Old Coal Mining Towns of Appalachia Linger in the Past

    by Phyllis Doyle Burns22

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  • Hazrath Abdullah Bin Abbas was one of Prophet Muhammad's cousins and one of the early Qur'an scholars. A young man of maturity. Beloved companion of Prophet (pbuh).

    Who Was Hazrath Abdullah Bin Abbas?

    Who Was Hazrath Abdullah Bin Abbas?

    by Zoya Ammar2

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  • Terrible food, miserable living conditions, brutal discipline, and the strong possibility of an early violent death were the lot of Eighteenth Century sailors.

    Harsh Life Aboard Navy Sailing Ships

    Harsh Life Aboard Navy Sailing Ships

    by Rupert Taylor4

  • Sweet Fanny Adams is used by the British to describe anything worthless. It is also the name of a pretty young girl murdered in Victorian England. This is how Fanny's name became slang for nothing.

    Sweet Fanny Adams: The Murder of an Innocent Child

    Sweet Fanny Adams: The Murder of an Innocent Child

    by Ann Carney4

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