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Discovering Local History
When one thinks of history, thoughts of places like Philadelphia, Boston, London, or Rome come to mind. Sadly, history that is right in your own backyard gets ignored.
The Italian Renaissance - A Book Review
Most of the attention during the Renaissance period can be found in Italy where culture exploded and took the world by storm. Peter Burke dives into the society and culture of this most fascinating period in his book, The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy.
The Success of the Chesapeake Tobacco Colonies
The success of the British trade is easily attributed to the success of the Chesapeake colonies and the tobacco they furnished.
The Turkey as America’s National Bird?
Historical rumor has it that the turkey almost was our national bird. The truth is generally not quite what we learn throughout our years.
The Atlantic - A Book Review
The Atlantic is more than ocean. Throughout history, it helped to shape much of the Western world and was a driving force in the development of the Americas. How much impact did it have?
Ancient Greek Atlas - A Book Review
In the study of Ancient Greece, there should always be reference material that helps guide the reader/student through the history in a way that helps the historical events sink in and take root. The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece by Robert Morkot is one of those valuable resources.
William Shakespeare Didn't Need Formal Education
There are opinions that other playwrights are the real authors using William Shakespeare as a mask. It is just too hard for most people to believe that someone who did not come from wealth nor had an impressive education could be gifted with the ability to produce these masterpieces.
The Influence of the Seven Years' War
One of the most wide-spread influential colonial wars was the Seven Years War which touched every colony and set the stage for the American Revolution. Known as the French and Indian War in the colonies where it spilled over, it created many of the colonial leaders.
The Success of the English Colonies
The English colonies succeeded because they found what would bring them success in each of the colonial areas. The Chesapeake colonists found that tobacco would give them the edge. Through this product, they were able to supply Europe with their smoking supplies.
Importance of Native and Colonial Relations
The Indians were the ones who called the New World home. To the Europeans that arrived on the new shores, the land was completely unknown to them. They did not know what crops would grow, how the weather would influence them, or what was behind the next hill.
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