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U.S. History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

U.S. history is as complex and fascinating as the people who populate the country. A timeline of significant events in the life of the United States of America starts with hunters crossing the Bering Strait [more…]

The U.S. Constitution’s First Ten Amendments: The Bill of Rights

Some of the signers of the U.S. Constitution felt the need to spell out the rights of individual citizens in contrast to the establishment of the powers of the federal government enumerated in the Constitution [more…]

Who Signed the U.S. Constitution?

The 38 signers of the U.S. Constitution were delegates from the original states who gathered several times and in several places, first drafting the Declaration of Independence, and then, after the colonists [more…]

The U.S. Constitution and the Establishment of Government

The U.S. Constitution, as adopted by the Philadelphia Convention on September 17, 1787, sets out three distinct branches of national government and provides powers to each that serve as a check on the [more…]

Major British Political and Social Events Since 1900

Britain’s political and social scene has changed dramatically over the course of a century, with the result that it’s barely recognisable today. Here are just a few of the important events that have shaped [more…]

Quick Definitions of Political Ideologies: the -isms

Let’s face it, ideologies are confusing things. The -ism bit seems to makes them so very forgettable. But not anymore! Here’s a quick alphabetical guide to the major [more…]

Post-1945 British Governments

Red, blue, blue, blue . . . since 1945, the Conservatives have been the dominant political force in Britain. The biggest political animal of them all was undoubtedly Thatcher, who managed to win three [more…]

British Politics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you don’t know left wing from right wing (or think they live on a KFC menu) it’s time to get clued up! Get the lowdown on British political ideology, discover how the country is governed, and find out [more…]

Why Do We Observe Memorial Day?

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was first proclaimed by General John Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), on May 5, 1868, and was first observed on May 30 [more…]

Key Dates in Ancient Europe

The ancient world is full of dramatic events and fascinating characters. Here’s a taster of the main events that occurred in Europe in BC (Before Christ) and the first 500 years AD [more…]

Key Dates in Europe’s Middle Ages

The Middle Ages in European history have a bad press, as if everyone was barbaric and always burning witches and torturing people. But it was a time when Europeans achieved their most breathtaking achievements [more…]

Key Dates in Modern Europe

A great number of decisive political wars and revolutions took place in the last two centuries; struggles for independence and liberation, industrialisation, nationalism and European integration. Take [more…]

Key Dates in Early Modern Europe

Early Modern Europe underwent some dramatic twists with empires expanding and religious conflicts raging while science and technology developments made leaps and bounds. Here are some key milestones during [more…]

European History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

European history has had numerous great turns and changes over the centuries with its mighty empires forming, expanding, exploring and warring, and revolutions of all kinds through the centuries, which [more…]

Key Dates in Irish History

Ireland has had a vast history of vast invasions, revolutions, wars and conflicts. Take a look at the major periods in Ireland’s history through the ages broken down. [more…]

Irish History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Ireland’s history includes several twists and turns down through the centuries. With invasions, revolutions, emigrations and executions, Irish history boasts a wealth of intense drama. [more…]

The Medieval World Geographical Area

When historians talk about the Middle Ages and a view of the medieval world, they are generally talking about events that took place in and around modern-day Europe and a few adjacent areas, as this figure [more…]

Great Dates in Medieval History

Famine, plague and public execution – the medieval period wasn’t the best time for some, but heroic rulers like Charlemagne, William the Conqueror and Henry V made sure that it was full of action. Here [more…]

Medieval History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The medieval period was an exciting and action-packed time. This Cheat Sheet lists the main events of the period and the locations where they took place. [more…]

What Cinco de Mayo Really Celebrates

Many people mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day. That simply isn't true; Cinco de Mayo celebrates an event that happened in the city of Puebla more than 50 years after Mexico [more…]

The History of Mother's Day

Mother's Day as a national holiday in the United States is almost a century old, but its roots go back before the Civil War to a hard-working Virginian mother and activist named Anna Reeves Jarvis. [more…]

The History of Flag Day

"Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be Thirteen stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation. [more…]

How to Correctly Display the Flag of the United States of America

To most Americans, the flag of the United States of America is more than just a piece of cloth. The Stars and Stripes represents American freedom, democracy, and sacrifice and should be treated with respect [more…]

A Brief History of Father's Day

Father's Day, celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday of June, got a jump start from the formation of Mother's Day. Credit for beginning Father's Day celebrations is given to Sonora Smart Dodd [more…]

Vive la France! La Fête Nationale — Bastille Day

Bastille Day, formally called La Fête Nationale("The National Celebration"), is celebrated every July 14 in France to commemorate the storming of the Bastille, a fortress-prison. Like the July 4 Independence [more…]

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