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Australia’s Military History in the 1990s and the 21st Century

After 1990 Australia again started sending troops overseas for combat operations, although on a much smaller scale than in earlier wars. The Australian forces were part of coalition operations, generally [more…]

Australia’s Involvement in Peacekeeping Missions, 1947‒2010

Australian military and police have taken part in numerous peacekeeping missions around the world. The largest single deployment was as part of INTERFET in East Timor in 1999‒2000. Peacekeeping missions [more…]

Australia’s Military History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

More people are taking a greater interest in Australia’s military history. Australians have been involved in war for a variety of reasons and in many places since soon after white settlement. Australian [more…]

Women's Suffrage and the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Did women first get the right to vote in the United States as a result of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920? Yes and no. The Nineteenth Amendment gave the right to vote to all women [more…]

Labor Day and the Pullman Strike of 1894

Labor Day, observed on the first Monday in September in the United States, is considered by many to mark the end of summer. Although it is ostensibly meant to celebrate the civic and economic contributions [more…]

Major Events of the Civil War Period

The following chart maps out key political events, people, and major military actions that preceded and defined the American Civil War, or War Between the States [more…]

The Civil War For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The American Civil War encompasses a vast number of political, social, and military acts. This timeline highlights crucial events that shaped the beginning and outcome of the Civil War between the Union [more…]

Rebellions and Conspiracies against the Tudors

Rebellions and conspiracies against the Tudors were all unsuccessful, because many of the relevant grievances were of local concern only and the dynasty was pretty good at getting hold of most of the rebels [more…]

Tudor Monarchs and Their Spouses

Apart from Henry VII, the Tudors weren’t very lucky in their marriages. Despite marrying six times, Henry VIII was survived by only one son and two daughters. Of these offspring, only Mary married – and [more…]

Timeline of Top Tudor Events

A lot can happen in 118 years. Here is a list of events that were important both at the time of the Tudors and for what they meant for the future. [more…]

Important Voyages and Journeys of the Tudor Period

Trade and exploration weren’t high on the royal agenda until the reign of Edward VI. After that, the Crown and the merchant community keenly backed voyages. Here are some of the most important voyages [more…]

Key Executions of the Tudor Period

The Tudors carried out more political executions than you'll find listed here, but these deaths represent significant markers in the development of the respective monarch’s sense of identity. The message [more…]

Notable Tudor Laws

The key stages in the development of Tudor government are marked by the passage of acts of Parliament. Indeed, the Tudors never claimed the right to make laws by any other means. Here are some of the more [more…]

The Tudors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The British Isles have witnessed many great regal dynasties through the ages, but none more turbulent, exciting and controversial than the Tudors. This Cheat Sheet gives you the essential up-front information [more…]

A Timeline of Important Events in Canadian History

Canadian history is a lot of fun. There are heroes and villains, tragedies and triumphs, great battles and sudden betrayals, loyal refugees and long struggles for social justice. The interpretation of [more…]

The Prime Ministers of Canada

Some of the most notable Canadian prime ministers were John A. Macdonald, Robert Borden, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Lester “Mike” Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, and Brian Mulroney. But there were many others [more…]

Kings and Queens and When They Ruled over Canada

The following list shows the reigning kings and queens of what ultimately would become Canada, before and after the conquest of New France in 1763. [more…]

Provinces and Territories and When They Became Part of Canada

Canadian confederation didn’t happen in a day. The provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were the first to come onboard in 1867, but it wasn’t until 1999 that the territory of Nunavut [more…]

Canadian History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Any place as eclectic and mixed up as Canada will never be able to settle on a single unified, national history that will please everyone, but make no mistake: There is a Canadian history that we need [more…]

Rulers of England 924–1603

The first king acknowledged as king of all England was the Saxon King of Wessex, Athelstan, who came to the throne in 924. Later, Edward I brought Wales under English rule and Henry VIII incorporated it [more…]

Rulers of Scotland 843–1625

The first king who is generally regarded as having ruled over all of Scotland was Kenneth MacAlpin, who had managed to conquer both the Picts and the Scots by 842. No-one knows exactly when he was declared [more…]

Rulers of England and Scotland 1603–1707

King James VI of Scotland inherited the throne of England in 1603. Although this is called ‘the Union of the Crowns’, in fact the crowns of England and Scotland remained separate until the Act and Treaty [more…]

Rulers of Great Britain 1707–1801 and of the United Kingdom 1801–Present

The Act and Treaty of Union of 1707 between the Parliaments of England and Scotland created a Kingdom of Great Britain which consisted of England (which incorporated Wales) and Scotland. In 1801 the Act [more…]

British Prime Ministers 1721–Present

The office of Prime (or ‘first’) Minister developed in the eighteenth century, when the First Lord of the Treasury came to be regarded as the official head of the government. The first person who is generally [more…]

The British Isles: The Lie of the Land

The islands of Britain and Ireland are normally referred to as ‘the British Isles’ – not a politically accurate term (Ireland is not ‘British’) but no-one has yet come up with a workable alternative. [more…]

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