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Buying a Piece of the Jubilee

Jubilee celebrations aren’t such an old, established tradition. And a Diamond Jubilee like the 2012 party for Queen Elizabeth — and all of the merchandise available for purchase — is very rare. [more…]

A Brief History of the Korean Peninsula before World War II

Relations between The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and The Republic of Korea (South Korea) haven't always been as strained and controversial as they are today. In fact, the division [more…]

Napoleon Bonaparte's Lasting Contributions

When you hear the name Napoleon, you may think first and foremost of a military leader. But Napoleon made many lasting contributions to the institutions of France and to Europe as a whole. Here are just [more…]

The Seven Coalitions of the Napoleonic Wars

The often-used term Napoleonic Wars implies that Napoleon was the instigator in every military campaign of the period. That's not the whole story. The wars of this period were really about other nations [more…]

A Brief History of North Korea

When World War II ended in 1945, Japan lost control of Korea to Allied forces. In much the same way that Germany was split after the war, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel, with the Soviet Union administering [more…]

Key Dates in Quebec History

Since the arrival of the first European settlers, Quebec has had a tumultuous and eventful history. Take a look at the key events that have shaped Quebec: [more…]

Indigenous People of Quebec

When the Europeans colonizers first arrived, three main aboriginal groups populated the territory of Quebec: the Algonquians, Iroquoians, and Inuit people. Each was subdivided into tribes and occupied [more…]

History of Quebec For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As one of the first parts of Canada to be explored and settled by Europeans over four centuries ago, Quebec has played a dynamic and fascinating role in the history of North America. This handy Cheat Sheet [more…]

Historical Terms to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

To prepare for analogies involving history on the MAT, it’s best to start with the most important terms — kind of like what you’d pick up from a basic college course in world history. Before taking the [more…]

Historical Events to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

There’s a saying, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to have it show up on the MAT.” To prepare for analogies involving history on the MAT, you should familiarize yourself with important events [more…]

Historical Figures to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

To prepare for the MAT, you should familiarize yourself many aspects of history, including memorizing the most important figures in history. The following lists important people in history that you should [more…]

Queen Elizabeth II: Over 60 Years of Service to the United Kingdom

Prior to her accession to the throne on her 21st birthday, Elizabeth spoke to the nations of the British Commonwealth via radio broadcast, saying, "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether [more…]

Paul McCartney: Beatle to Businessman

Sir James Paul McCartney is arguably one of the greatest musical influences of all time. Additionally, he is a humanitarian who uses his music skills to raise money for causes he believes in. He is also [more…]

Prince Phillip, Consort to Queen Elizabeth II

A World War II veteran, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has been a key figure in British government and is well-known for his sometimes offensive commentary. He is the spouse of Queen Elizabeth II. Over [more…]

Nelson Mandela: The Father of Modern South Africa

A major force in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 - Dec 5, 2013) was a cultural symbol of freedom and equality. Going from young revolutionary to serving 27 years [more…]

Fidel Castro: Champion of the People or Cruel Dictator?

Fidel Castro, former President of Cuba, is a controversial and divisive world figure. He has been described by his supporters as a champion of anti-imperialism, humanitarianism, socialism, and the environment [more…]

The Egyptian Uprising: A People's Revolution

The Egyptian Revolution started in January 2011 as millions of protestors from different religious and socio-economic backgrounds demanded the removal of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The protests [more…]

The Libyan Civil War: Free of Gaddafi after 42 Years

The Libyan civil war took place in 2011 as forces loyal to longstanding Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi battled rebels seeking to remove his regime from power. The war started in the coastal city [more…]

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi: Libya's History Leading up to the Civil War

Muammar Gaddafi (1942–2011) had been ruling Libya since the 1969 overthrow of the Libyan monarchy. Gaddafi made it his mission to bring socialism to Libya by dismantling the wealthy, educated, conservative [more…]

Key Events of the First World War

Many different battles were fought in the First World War and a case can be made for the importance of them all. This list includes some of the most important ones, which had an impact on the whole shape [more…]

How Bad Were the First World War Generals?

Even people who don’t know much about the First World War tend to know the phrase ‘Lions led by donkeys’. It’s supposed to have been said by a German general about the British soldiers: It means that they [more…]

Who Was to Blame for the First World War?

The finger-pointing about who caused the First World War began almost as soon as the war was over. Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany accepted responsibility but the Germans angrily denied [more…]

Was the First World War the End of an Era?

Many people have presented the First World War in books and films as the end of a Victorian ‘golden age’. Even the weather adds to that impression: many people have seen pictures of soldiers up to their [more…]

Did the First World War Lead to the Second World War?

In some ways, the Second World War was even more terrible than the First World War: It introduced the world to heavy bombing, mass murder, genocide and the atomic bomb. Most of the leaders in the Second [more…]

10 Things Never to Forget about the First World War

‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.’ So go the words spoken each November on Remembrance Sunday in Britain, as the British pause to remember the dead of the First World [more…]

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