Thomas Bonenfant

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The Romanovs: masterful account of Russia’s doomed royal family

The end of the Romanovs is a subject that has fascinated countless nonfiction writers, but no book has yet eclipsed the fame of Robert K Massie’s page-turner<p>This May will see the release of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s The Romanovs: 1613-1918 in the United States. It is an exhaustive look at the full …

Books

BBC - Higher Bitesize History - The causes of the February Revolution : Revision

The beginnings of the revolution<p>Nicholas II, Tsar and Romanov family<p>In the space of a few days in February 1917, Tsarist Russia came to an end. The Romanov family, who had ruled Russia since the seventeenth century, was overthrown and the monarchy was no more.<p>There are several reasons why this …

World History

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Egyptian hieroglyphics digitally restored to former psychedelic glory (VIDEOS)

<b>Trends</b>Viral<p>Due to 2,000 years of flooding and the harsh desert sandstorms, many of the original signs that ancient Egyptian architecture was once …

The story of the World War II gunner who fell 22,000 feet without a parachute and lived

Paratroopers make a big deal about jumping out of planes from 800 feet, but U.S. Army Air Force Staff Sgt. Alan Magee fell out of a plane at 22,000 feet without a parachute while the plane was on fire.<p>And he lived.<p>Magee was a ball turret gunner in a B-17 named "Snap! Crackle! Pop!" after the three …

Military

Guide highlights Native American link to historic Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new story is unfolding along historic Route 66 thanks to a yearlong project coordinated by a tourism group with help from the National Park Service and American Indian tribes along America's Mother Road.<p>The result is a guidebook and website detailing the histories of more …

Tourism

Theft! Forgery! Murder!: Art History's Greatest Crimes

1350 B.C.<p>PHARAOH AKHENATEN ORDERS THE DESTRUCTION OF ALL AMUN ARTIFACTS<p>A statue of Pharaoh Akhenaten from his Aten Temple at Karnak, now at the …

‘Classified Historical Films’ You Can Now Request From the Pentagon

"Peacetime Governmental Detention," "Nuclear Warfare at Sea," and "Electronic Intelligence Research Techniques" are among the classified films the Pentagon will now consider releasing.<p><i>Throw a Nickle on the Grass—Have Doughnot</i> is the title of one of at least a thousand "classified historical films" …

Military

In pictures: the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On 6 August 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima in Japan that killed some 135,000 people. Three days later, on 9 August, a …

Three Conceptions of the Russian Revolution - 1939

By Leon Trotsky<br>21 October 2008<p><i>Written as an appendix to Trotsky's projected biography of Lenin, and included in his unfinished biography of Stalin,</i> …

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The significance of the Russian Revolution

THE RUSSIAN Revolution is the mightiest event of the World War. Its outbreak, its unexampled radicalism, its enduring consequences, constitute the …

Russian Revolution - Facts Summary

When Was the Russian Revolution?<p>In 1917, two revolutions swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and setting into motion political …

World History

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5 Books That Shed Light on the Cultural Revolution

This Fall Books issue includes Jiang’s translation of Liao Yiwu’s essay “Bullets and Opium,” about the Chinese democracy movement’s brutal …

The wisdom of Jane Austen's Emma 200 years on – 20 quotes on life, love, friendship

Austen’s fourth novel was published exactly two centuries ago, but many of its lines are still fresh – even if some need to be taken with a large pinch of salt<p>Happy Birthday Emma: Tom Gauld salutes the 200-year-old heroine – cartoon How Jane Austen’s Emma changed the face of fiction<p>Emma – perhaps …

Books

How World War I Helps Explain Today's Middle East Bloodshed

Hitler's ambition sparked the Second World War, but the tinderbox of Eastern Europe was its fuel.<p>The Great War, as it came to be known, lasted four years, from 1914 to 1918. But its aftereffects haunted Europe and the rest of the world through the 20th century—and are still felt in our own times.<p>In …

First world war: how state and press kept truth off the front page

Threatening journalists with arrest seems unthinkable now – but that was just one of the obstacles they faced at the start of WW1<p>On this, the 100th anniversary of the day the first world war began, it is sobering to look back at the way that conflict was so badly reported. The catalogue of …

The Hidden World of the Great War - Photo Gallery

Photograph by Jeffrey Gusky<p>A hundred years ago in a subterranean chapel, an unknown artist carved this image of a French soldier praying. Artwork covers many abandoned passages under the western front.<p>Photograph by Jeffrey Gusky<p>The scars of artillery barrages still pockmark the ruins of a fort at …

A Warning from History for the Google Translate Generation

The UK education system is failing to produce enough students with foreign language skills, an indispensable tool for the study of history. Research …

“There are no silver bullets”: Humanity’s incredible run of luck might be coming to an end

Humans have overcome plenty of natural crises before, Ruth DeFries tells Salon. Will we be able to do so again?<p>Here's the long view of human history, as Ruth DeFries sees it: An ingenious species, we keep finding new ways to "hijack nature" and better feed ourselves. Each newfound system for …

12 Technological Advancements of World War I

Erik Sass has been covering the events leading up to World War I exactly 100 years after they happened. But today he's here to discuss some …

Royal Navy

Reign of Terror

This article is about the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution. For other uses, see Reign of Terror (disambiguation).<p>"The Terror" redirects here. …

Author and Historian Joseph Loconte Discusses the Influence of the First World War on Authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis - MetroFocus

Authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis share the distinction of being two of the most important writers of the twentieth century, but they were also …

The Pentagon has created a database of every bomb they've dropped since the First World War

For the past six years, the U.S. Air Force has been compiling an exhaustive list of every bomb their planes have dropped since World War I.<p>The …

How The Eruption of Thera Changed the World

<i>Each Monday, this column turns a page in history to explore the discoveries, events and people that continue to affect the history being made …

Geology

The Japanese American internment decision: A dangerous relic

Friday marks the anniversary of one of the most infamous legal decisions in the history of our country, Korematsu vs. United States.<p>Seventy-three years ago, during World War II, the United States government forcibly removed 110,000 Japanese Americans from their homes and confined them in detention …

15 of history's most revealing maps - CNN Style

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