The Sutton Hoo Helmet: An Iron Face of the Vendel Period

Sutton Hoo Helmet

Sutton Hoo is a burial hill in the English county of Suffolk. It was found at the end of 1930, and probably the most significant archeological finds through the whole history of Great Britain were made there. Among these was a ship burial that dates back to the edge of the VI and VII centuries.This …

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Les Sans-Culottes: Marat’s Heart and Soul of the French Revolution

Sans-Culottes

The sans-culottes, the name for the commoners that fought against the monarchy during the rebellion, were arguably the heart and soul of the French Revolution.  With their name derived from their choice in apparel — loose fitting pantaloons, wooden shoes, and red liberty caps — the sans-culottes were workers, artisans, and shopkeepers; patriotic, uncompromising, egalitarian, …

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Digging into Hopelessness: The Battle of Stalingrad

Digging into Hopelessness: The Battle of Stalingrad 2

The year was 1942. Germany had boldly declared war against the Soviet Union in a mad bid to seize control of Russian territory. Once allies, Hitler and Stalin now found themselves on opposite sides of the battlefield and the fighting was going to be brutal. Germany had made some crucial victories already, seizing territory and …

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Accidental Freedom: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Accidental Freedom: The Fall of the Berlin Wall 3

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Those words were uttered by Ronald Reagan in 1987, pleading for the destruction of the Berlin Wall. The wall, although merely 12 feet tall in height, was symbolic of the serious ideological divide between East Germany and West Germany. On the Eastern side, there was Soviet occupation and the …

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