US History

When compared to other powerful nations such as France, Spain, and the United Kingdom, the history of the United States, which starts in the 17th century, is relatively short. However, as a nation virtually created out of thin air, and as one of the first to be based on republican ideals, US history is rich …

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Ancient Sparta: The History of the Spartans

Ancient Sparta is one of the most well-known cities in Classical Greece. Known for its highly-skilled warriors, elitist society, and its reverence for stoicism, people today still look to the Spartans as model citizens in an idealist ancient society. Yet, as it often the case, many of the perceptions we have of Ancient Sparta are …

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The Peloponnesian War: Athens vs. Sparta

Monumental advances in math, science, philosophy, government, literature, and art have made the Ancient Greeks the envy of world’s past and present. The Greeks gave us democracy, the scientific method, geometry, and so many more building blocks of civilization that it’s hard to imagine where we would be without them. However, images of Ancient Greece …

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The Battle of Thermopylae: 300 Spartans Against the World

The Battle of Thermopylae, fought between the Greeks and the Persians in 480 BCE, has gone down in history as one of the most significant last stands of all time, despite the fact the “hero,” the Greeks, walked away from this battle defeated and on the brink of complete destruction. However, when we dig a …

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Rasputin: The Story of the So-Called Mad Monk

When people hear the name Rasputin, their minds almost immediately begin to wander. The stories told about this so-called “Mad Monk” suggest he possessed some magical powers, or that he had a special connection to God. But they also suggest he was a sex-crazed maniac who used his position of power to seduce women and …

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Boil, Bubble, Toil, and Trouble: The Salem Witch Trials

In a world popularly obsessed with the occult (the phenoms of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings come to mind), it seems hardly plausible that the past murders of American “witches” were not only accepted but encouraged in history. For those unfamiliar with the Salem Witch Trials—the killing of 14 women and six men …

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