Stone Age, The: The History and Legacy of the Prehistoric Period When Humans Started Using Stone Tools

A generally accepted figure for the larger Stone Age featuring the first use of stone tools begins at 3.4 million years in the early Paleolithic Age. In a brief interim period of...

Siege of Vienna (1529), The: The History and Legacy of the Decisive Battle that Prevented the Ottoman Empire’s Expansion into Western Europe

In the wake of taking Constantinople, the Ottoman Empire would spend the next few centuries expanding its size, power, and influence, bumping up against Eastern Europe and...

Mandate for Mesopotamia, The: The History and Legacy of British Occupation and Iraq’s Independence after World War I

Although the League of Nations was short-lived and clearly failed in its primary mission, it did essentially spawn the United Nations at the end of World War II, and many of the...

Stoicism: The History and Legacy of the Influential Ancient Greek Philosophy

Although the school of philosophy started by Socrates and championed by Plato and Aristotle continues to be the most famous, other schools of thought began to branch, including...

Erie, The: The History and Legacy of the Native American Group

Along the sandy shores and ancient forests of crystal blue Lake Erie, a proud, brave, and confident people lived long ago, building homes, raising crops, hunting game, rearing...

Dutch Revolt, The: The History of the Dutch Republic’s War of Independence against Spain

The Netherlands has had a complex and turbulent history involving the interplay of multiple political entities, ethnicities, and languages. The term "Netherlands" (Nederland in...

Baba Vanga: The Controversial Life and Legacy of the Influential Bulgarian Mystic

People’s timeless captivation with those supposedly endowed with supernatural powers – these gifted individuals oftentimes regarded as gods walking among everyone else – is...

Kingdom of Alashiya, The: The History and Legacy of the Ancient Trading Kingdom on Cyprus during the Bronze Age

International trade in the ancient world was a more intricate and far-reaching system than many have been led to believe. The Silk Road and the Incense Trade Route have been...

Qatna: The History and Legacy of the Ancient Syrian Kingdom during the Bronze Age

The Early Bronze Age in the Near East (c. 3300-2100 BCE) was an era of significant cultural, political, and scientific development. At the same time, city-states became empires,...

Modern Jamaica: The History of the Caribbean Island from Christopher Columbus to Today

One of the largest islands in the Caribbean and also home to the Arawak and Tainos. Jamaica may have been inhabited as far back as 5,000 years ago, and between 1000 BCE and 500...

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