Category Archives: History

History of the City of Strasbourg

Today, the city of Strasbourg, France is mostly known for being the location of the European Parliament and is frequently used as a symbol of the European Union secondary only to Brussels. However, Strasbourg has a much richer history than … Continue reading

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The Dawn of Women’s Association Football: Dick, Kerr’s Ladies FC

Amid all the arrests of FIFA executives and allegations of corruption coming forth in the past week, the actual tournaments coming up can get lost in the shuffle. The FIFA Women’s World Cup begins next week on June 6 in … Continue reading

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The Republic of Acre

The interior of the Amazon basin has had an interesting history. While Manaus, the largest city in the interior of the Amazon, was founded in the 1660s, the western Amazon was one of the last areas of South America to … Continue reading

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Trans-Saharan Trade

The Sahara Desert is one of the more frequent examples of a natural barrier to trade, with the vast arid expanse blocking communication between the southern Mediterranean coast and West Africa. However, this is relatively recent and a result of … Continue reading

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A Century of Presidential Women: Part 2

Part 1 Here is a recap of the complete list of presidents: Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) 1933-1941 Hattie Caraway (D-AR) 1941-1945 Minnie Fisher Cunningham (D-TX) 1945-1953 Gladys Pyle (R-SD) 1953-1961 Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) 1961-1969 Lurleen Wallace (D-AL) 1969 [Died in … Continue reading

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A Century of Presidential Women: Part 1

Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women’s Day, and in the spirit of the day, I thought I would present the result of an alternate history challenge I did a while ago. The challenge was to create a list of presidents, … Continue reading

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“El Ministerio del Tiempo” Review

El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Ministry of Time) is a Spanish television series produced by TVE that began its run last week. The show is surprisingly well done for a locally produced Spanish series, and fills an interesting niche of … Continue reading

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Foreign-Born US Presidential Candidates, Part 4

The final pair of foreign-born American politicians who would have been strong contenders for the presidency are notable in that they are in modern politics, and that they are both women. The first is former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. … Continue reading

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Foreign-Born US Presidential Candidates, Part 3

The next pair of foreign-born politicians who could have been presidential contenders are both Germans who migrated to the Northeastern United States, and each became part of the political establishment in the region. The first is Robert F. Wagner. Wagner … Continue reading

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Foreign-Born US Presidential Contenders, Part 2

The second pair of foreign-born presidential contenders both have similar political careers, revolving around turn of the century Chicago. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Chicago experienced an astonishing rate of growth, going from under 30,000 in the … Continue reading

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