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A Brief History of Palestine

Palestine was a common name used until 1948 to describe the geographic region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. In its history, the Assyrian, Babylonian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman [more…]

Obstacles to a Palestinian State

Since 1948, Israel has controlled most of Palestine. Throughout a decades-long conflict, several critical issues have prevented Israel and the Palestinians from concluding a lasting peace. Here are the [more…]

Israeli Response to Palestinian Call for State of Palestine

On September 23, 2011, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an address to the United Nation’s that expressed Israel’s response to efforts by the Palestinian National Authority to seek United [more…]

Why the Titanic Still Fascinates

The story of the Titanic’s demise is achingly dramatic and keeps audiences and readers spellbound even a century later. The Titanic disaster wasn’t the greatest maritime disaster in history, but it’s by [more…]

Timeline of Key Titanic Events

The events surrounding the construction, voyage, and sinking of the Titanic — and the people involved in those events — have been a source of fascination for a century. Here are some of the key dates in [more…]

2012 Titanic Centennial Commemorations

April 15, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. Lots of cities, people, and companies want to commemorate its loss. Following are ten [more…]

The Titanic For Dummies Cheat Sheet

On the night of April 14–15, 1912, the unthinkable happened: On its maiden voyage, the Titanic, the largest passenger ship ever built at that time, hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank. More than [more…]

Waking Up to the Enlightenment

The page you are looking for was recently moved. Don't worry, it's still here; it just has a new address: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-the-enlightenment-affected-politics-and-govern.html [more…]

Two Titanic Deck Crewmen Who Survived

The Titanic had 59 members on her deck crew. Some Titanic deck crew members ended up in lifeboats ahead of passengers. In fact, 40 deck crew members survived the sinking. As a result, other, less-qualified [more…]

How the Titanic Changed Sea Travel

The sinking of the Titanic changed history and the travel at sea for all time. Here are some of the changes that ensued to ensure a tragedy like the loss of [more…]

How the Titanic Passengers Personified the Immigrant Story

The Titanic carried many immigrants headed from Europe to America. These immigrants, mostly third-class passengers in steerage, died in far greater numbers than the first- and second-class passengers on [more…]

How the Titanic Accommodated Wealthy Passengers

One of the most important features of the White Star Line’s three steamships, including the Titanic, would be unimaginable luxury offered to wealthy passengers. The world was, after all, in the Gilded [more…]

The History of the Titanic’s Construction

The history of the birth of the Titanic — how she was constructed and outfitted — provides a glimpse into the history of shipbuilding, as well as the construction that ultimately failed the [more…]

How the Titanic Steerage Passengers Lived Onboard

The majority of the 700-plus steerage passengers on the Titanic were emigrants. Only 25 percent of the Titanic’s third-class passengers survived, and of that 25 percent, only a fraction were men. By contrast [more…]

Famous Titanic Passengers

The famous flocked to the Titanic. With ocean travel the only way to get from continent to continent, the wealthy were drawn to the Titanic, the ship touted as the single most luxurious and greatest steamship [more…]

How the Titanic’s First-Class Passengers Dined

Dining as a first-class passenger on the Titanic was a lavish affair. First-class passengers on the Titanic willing to pay extra could dine in the elegant À la Carte restaurant or the Café Parisien, even [more…]

How Second- and Third-Class Passengers Dined on the Titanic

Second- and third-class passengers on the Titanic had their own dining saloons, where they were served breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Titanic passengers received different food options based on this ticket’s [more…]

Titanic Passenger Survival Rates

If you were aboard the Titanic when the ship sank, what would be your chances of surviving? The exact number of survivors and passengers who died when the [more…]

Titanic Non-Passenger Survival Rates

Whether non-passengers (those who were employed on the ship) survived the Titanic disaster depended greatly on their occupations. For example, non-passengers who manned the lifeboats — deck crew members [more…]

The History of the Titanic’s Wreck on the Iceberg

What happened the night of April 14–15, 1912, when the Titanic sank? From the initial iceberg warnings to the wreck of the Titanic sinking to the bottom of the ocean, the night was a horrible ordeal. [more…]

Titanic Facts: The Layout of the Ship

The Titanic had ten decks, each with its own purpose. Where do you want to go aboard the Titanic? The Grand Staircase? The Turkish baths? You’d need to know how to find your way around the [more…]

Passengers Who Became Famous for Surviving the Titanic Disaster

A number of passengers became famous for having survived the sinking of Titanic. Some of these Titanicpassengers gained fame for only a few hours and some for many decades. [more…]

Some of the Last Surviving Titanic Passengers

In the 50 or 60 years after the sinking, a vast number of the Titanic’s surviving passengers died. By September 1973, only 100 Titanic survivors were still living. Here is a list of a few of the more famous [more…]

Titanic Passengers Who Survived the Sinking and Then Committed Suicide

For some passengers who survived, the traumatic memories of the Titanic disaster may have been too much to bear. Several Titanic survivors eventually committed suicide. Did they kill themselves because [more…]

The Titanic Passengers’ Lifeboat Shortage

Far fewer passengers and non-passengers would have drowned during the Titanic’s sinking if the ship had carried enough lifeboats. The Titanic had the capacity to carry 48 lifeboats, which would have provided [more…]

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