World History

The Ottoman Empire’s Life-or-Death Race

The executioners of the Ottoman Empire were never noted for their mercy; just ask the teenage Sultan Osman II, who in May 1622 suffered an …

Ottoman Empire

Swedish Ambassador Admits, We’re “In The Process Of Dismantling Democracy”

<i>‘Holy Roman Empire’ painting from 1510</i><p>Notice the following:<p>October 18, 2017<p>Håkan Juholt, a former leader of the centre-left Social Democrat party and</b> …

Roman Empire

A Timeline of WWI

World War I (WWI) was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and ended with the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. Find out what …

Military History

The historical turning point: Revisiting the Russian Revolution

The October Revolution changed the world. The consequences of the historical event were complex and politically intriguing. Berlin's Deutsches …

World News

The Disastrous Time Tens of Thousands of Children Tried to Start a Crusade

By the time Stephen of Cloyes and his followers reached Paris in 1212, they were exhausted, hungry and thirsty. But nothing could keep their leader …

Mahathir utterly ignorant about history and geography

<b>When Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the Bugis are pirates and hence Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who is of Bugis descent, should go back to</b> …

Najib Tun Razak

U.S. Stood by as Indonesia Killed a Half-Million People, Papers Show

BANGKOK — It was an anti-Communist blood bath of at least half a million Indonesians. And American officials watched it happen without raising any public objections, at times even applauding the forces behind the killing, according to newly declassified State Department files that show diplomats …

World News

"Nicholas II brought the Russian Revolution upon his own head": An interview with Robert Service

<i>Robert Service photographed in central London. (Photography by Alastair Levy)</i><p><b>Q. Your book, The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian</b> …

History

The lost civilization of Mapungubwe

A UNESCO World Heritage site in South Africa holds clues to the demise of an ancient society.

World News

Christopher Columbus: Without Him, America and His Critics Wouldn’t Exist

The usual suspects have discovered that Christopher Columbus was no 21st century liberal. Of course, that shouldn't surprise anyone since he lived in …

Conservative View

The forgotten 18th century observatory that marked the rise of modern astronomy in India

The Madras Observatory offers little to the visitor’s eye. Stone slabs and broken pillars lie ignored in a fenced-off section of a local weather centre in the southern Indian city of Chennai. Few tourists venture out to see the ruins of the 18th-century complex. On the other side of the …

India

Mercenaries in Russia: How Westerners shaped the army - Russia Beyond

Mercenaries had long had a place in the Russian army, but beginning in the late 15th century, they started to play an even more significant role. The style of warfare had become much more sophisticated over the years, and Russia needed skillful military specialists from countries that already …

Russia

German monastery Himmerod to close its doors after nearly nine centuries

After 883 years, a Cistercian monastery in western Germany is scheduled to close due to a shortage of monks. Financial costs and the small number of …

World News

Spy, temptress, victim? Mata Hari still eludes definition

LEEUWARDEN, Netherlands (AP) — A century ago on Sunday, an exotic dancer named Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad, condemned as a sultry Dutch double agent who supposedly caused the deaths of thousands of soldiers during World War I.<p>Her life and death became fodder almost overnight for …

History

Mata Hari: the spy who wasn't really a spy

On October 15th, 1917, Margaretha Zelle, known as Mata Hari, was sentenced to death in France for espionage. A hundred years later, her name still evokes intrigue. Yet, the former dancer was never really a great spy.<p>The day after Mata Hari was killed by firing squad, her death made headlines. “The …

World News

Life as the uncle of two Tudor Queens

Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was the uncle of the Tudor queens, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Having promoted both of them to Henry VIII …

Royal Family

Civil war wounds reopened as two sides square up over Catalonia

The warning from the spokesman of Spain’s ruling party stopped hearts across Catalonia: If Carles Puigdemont declared independence, he might “end up like the man who declared it 83 years ago”.<p>That man was Lluis Companys, the Catalan president who was imprisoned and later executed by the …

Carles Puigdemont

Pope addresses Emperor Karl League of Prayer

(Vatican Radio) The challenges of our times demand the collaboration of all people of good will, especially with prayer and sacrifice. Pope Francis …

Christianity

What Were The Knights Templar Really Like?

Over the last seven centuries, the Knights Templar have left the realm of history and entered the realm of pop culture. They’re a major plot point in …

Knights Templar

Why Passchendaele Was One of the Ugliest Battles of World War I

On Thursday, Prince William will be one of many commemorating the centennial of a particularly gruesome attempt to seize Passchendaele Ridge in …

World News

Armada portrait of Elizabeth I returns after 'spectacular' restoration

Historic work commemorating victory over Spanish Armada goes on display in London after dramatic cleaning project<p>One of the most recognisable portraits in British history is returning to public view transformed after a six-month restoration project to remove centuries of retouching, grime and …

Greenwich, UK

A Short History of the World

Overview<p>A Short History of the World by Christopher Lascelles<p>A Short History of the World is a short and easy-to-read history book that relates the …

Columbus Day: A controversial commemoration

He had planned to go to India, but Christopher Columbus discovered America. Columbus Day on October 12 reminds Americans and Spaniards of that fact. …

World News

Winston Churchill’s half-smoked cigar sells for $12,000 at auction

The auction house described Winston Churchill’s half-smoked cigar as a "truly delightful relic of history." Who would bother saving a stinky cigar?<p>A …

World News

Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

For centuries, skin color has held powerful social meaning — a defining characteristic of race, and a starting point for racism.<p>“If you ask somebody on the street, ‘What are the main differences between races?,’ they’re going to say skin color,” said Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist at the …

History

7 things you (probably) didn’t know about Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose

• For 34 years the <i>Mary Rose</i> was Henry VIII’s flagship. Faced with the threat of the French navy and a strong Scottish fleet, Henry started building …

History

Should Americans celebrate Christopher Columbus? (2 letters)

Andy Cross, Denver Post fileThe Christopher Columbus monument in Denver’s Civic Center. While the Denver city government has never officially …

Christopher Columbus

The Origins of Putin's Land Grab

In 988, Vladimir the Great, the Grand Prince of Kyiv (Kiev), embraced Christianity for himself and for the realm he had amassed. His domain of Kyivan Rus’ encompassed lands traversing much of modern-day Belarus, Ukraine and European Russia. One thousand years after the end of his reign, a …

Russia

The War That Tore the Inca Empire Apart

From 1527 to 1532, brothers Huáscar and Atahualpa fought over the Inca Empire. Their father, Inca Huayna Capac, had allowed each to rule a part of …

Ancient History

Weather causes 'lowest' European wine output since WWII

Europe’s wine production has dropped to levels unseen since World War II as extreme weather battered top producers Italy, France, Spain and Germany, …

Climate Change