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Italo-Turkish War (1911-1912)

Causes Italy as a newly-formed power was looking for markets and tried to expand its colonial possessions. The Italians began to conduct diplomatic preparations for...

How Vikings Got Their Name – Etymology of the Vikings

Some researchers derive the word "Viking" from the Old Norse "víkingr", which means "man from the bay " or "man from the port". Earlier,...

The Colonial Italian Empire

The colonies of Italy are a combination of European and overseas territories of Italy in relation to Italy, which in the 19th and 20th...

First Italo-Ethiopian War (1894-96)

Introduction and War By 1895, the African continent was largely divided between the European powers, but Ethiopia, remained independent. Italy, which was late to the...

The Hungarian War of Independence

Background Based on the national guard created in the first days of the revolution, the Hungarian government began to create its own army. This caused...

Historical Profiles

Maria Theresa, The Last Emperor From the Habsburg House - The Biggest Family in the World

Maria Theresa, The Last Emperor From the Habsburg House – The...

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Maria held the following titles: Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Transylvania, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands and Parma. Plus by marriage, she was Duchess of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Holy Roman Empress.
Catherine The Great - The First Woman to be Called "The Great"

Catherine The Great – The First Woman to be Called “The...

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Catherine came from German heritage.  She had a disturbing childhood, but her family pulled the right strings, and along with the help of Fredrick the great she was soon to be marrying the future King of Russia, Peter III.

Wars and Battles

Biggest Misconceptions About European Knights And Crusaders

Biggest Misconceptions About European Knights And Crusaders

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Here we list some of the biggest misconceptions that people had about European knights and crusdaers during the medieval period.
History Of British Battle Equipment Over 1000 Years

History Of British Battle Equipment Over 1000 Years

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From 1066 to 2014, we have created a short gallery of images depicting the many items soldiers had to carry to war. 

Ancient History

The Social War – Italian War (91-88 BC)

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The Social war was the uprising of the Italian tribes against Rome and the military actions that followed in the territory of Italy in...

The Cimmerians – Ancient People

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The Cimmerians are a nomadic Indo-European tribe that invaded Transcaucasia in the second half of the 8th century BC and in the 7th century...

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How different were Swedish, Danish and Norwegian Vikings?

Today we refer to Viking Age Scandinavians generally as Vikings as though they were one group. But the people known as Vikings weren't an...

The 10 Grusome Steps of the William Wallace Death

After the execution of William Wallace, his body was cut into four pieces and shown around the country to demonstrate what would happen to rebels.

List of Dictatorships by Death Toll – The Top 10 Biggest Mass Killings in History

10. North Korean Crimes against humanity 1948-present North Korea continues to be one of the most repressive governments in the world with the world's lowest...

10 Types of Medieval Armor

1) Gambeson: The gambeson is a full body jacket armor made out of quilted linen or wool. Stuffed with cloth or horsehair, this type of medieval...

10 Common Medieval Soldier Types

1) Spearmen: As their name suggests, these types of infantry used spears most commonly combined with a shield, and were the most numerous medieval soilders...

The First Bourbon Restoration (1814-1815)

First Restoration On April 6, 1814, the Senate, acting on the instigation of Talleyrand and at the request of the Allies, proclaimed the restoration of...

The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71

The population of the annexed lands, with the exception of the Danish-speaking inhabitants of northern Schleswig, loyally perceived the annexation of Prussia by their...

German Unification – The Austro-Prussian War of 1866

Unification of Germany was bound to lead to the war between Prussia and Austria, Bismarck anticipated this in 1856. Fight for Hegemony Deleuz Schleswig and Holstein...

The Birth of German Unification

In the era of the Great Migration of Nations, the migrating German tribes from the north of Europe dispersed throughout the continent, creating barbarian...

German Unification – The Danish-Prussian War of 1864

Introduction October 7, 1858 to power in Prussia came 60-year-old prince Wilhelm I, brother of the demented King Frederick William IV. After his death on...

Formation of a Single Italian State – The Last Wars

The Piedmontese ruling circles tried to prevent the convening of an all-Italian Constituent Assembly and to unite through a simple territorial expansion of the...

Expedition of the Thousand – The Mille expedition by Garibaldi

In the summer and autumn of 1859, when Cavour's policy was at an impasse, Mazzini began to call for revolutionary action in the papal...

Second Italian War of Independence – The Secret Deal

Diplomatic Relations with France One of the tasks of Napoleon III's foreign policy was the ousting of Austria from Italy and the affirmation of the...

The Cyprus Crisis

Cyprus was plunged into Chaos on the 15th of July, 1974 when the Greek Junta of Ioannides staged a successful Coup and took over...

The Revolution of 1848-1849 in Italy – First Independence War

Situation In the 30s-50s of the XIX century, Italy was economically backward and politically fragmented, burdened with many feudal survivals by an agrarian country. Its...

First Opium War (1839-1842)

Background We have an in depth article about the background of this war and how the whole situation started. Follow this link: https://about-history.com/?p=4876&preview=true The immediate cause...

Reasons for the Opium Wars – The War for Drugs

Background on Trade From the very beginning of the commercial relations between Britain and China, the trade balance had a noticeable bias in favor of...