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Martin Luther
Martin Luther’s Achievements
Summary of the achievements of Martin Luther, the German priest and scholar who began the Reformation in 1517. This movement...
British Empire
Key People of the British Empire
List of some of the major figures in the history of the British Empire. These leaders were instrumental in helping to establish,...
Opening of the preamble to Magna Carta of 1215; in the British Library (Cotton MS Augustus II 106).
Magna Carta Causes and Effects
List of some of the major causes and effects of the influential charter of liberties known as the Magna Carta. The charter...
Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus’s Achievements
Achievements of Christopher Columbus whose arrival in the Western Hemisphere in 1492 was a pivotal event in world history....
Spanish Inquisition
Spanish Inquisition Timeline
Timeline of significant events pertaining to the Spanish Inquisition. Although the Spanish Inquisition was authorized by...
Spanish Inquisition
Spanish Inquisition Key Facts
List of important facts about the Spanish Inquisition, judicial institution first authorized in 1478, ostensibly to combat...
Vietnam War
Overview of the Vietnam War
A listing of the belligerents of the Vietnam War and major leaders on both sides of the conflict. The war (1954–75) pitted...
Opening of the preamble to Magna Carta of 1215; in the British Library (Cotton MS Augustus II 106).
Magna Carta Timeline
Timeline of significant events related to the Magna Carta, including the signing of the charter by King John of England in...
Opening of the preamble to Magna Carta of 1215; in the British Library (Cotton MS Augustus II 106).
Magna Carta Key Facts
List of important facts related to the Magna Carta, which was signed by King John of England in 1215. By declaring the sovereign...
Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus Timeline
A timeline of major events in the life of Italian-born navigator and explorer Christopher Columbus, whose four transatlantic...
Martin Luther
Martin Luther Timeline
A timeline of the life of Martin Luther who inaugurated the Protestant Reformation in Germany in 1517. It was Luther’s intent...
British Empire
British Empire Timeline
Timeline of major events in the history of the British Empire. This worldwide system of dependencies—colonies, protectorates,...
British Empire
Decline of the British Empire
At the height of the British Empire its colonies and other territories encompassed nearly one-quarter of the world’s land...
Spanish Inquisition
Spanish Inquisition Causes and Effects
Some of the major causes and effects of the Spanish Inquisition, which became notorious for its use of torture, its secret...
Vietnam War
Causes and Effects of the Vietnam War
Lists covering some of the major causes and effects of the Vietnam War. The conflict had its roots in Vietnam’s colonial...
Vietnam War
Vietnam War Timeline
Timeline of the significant events of the Vietnam War. After winning its independence from France in 1954, Vietnam was temporarily...
Vietnam War
Key Facts of the Vietnam War
A list of some of the key facts of the Vietnam War, from its origins in the aftermath of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954...
Seven Years' War: Battle of Zorndorf
Causes and Effects of the Seven Years’
List of some of the major causes and effects of the Seven Years’ War (1756–63). This European conflict pitted Austria and...
Seven Years' War: Battle of Zorndorf
Timeline of the Seven Years’ War
Timeline of events pertaining to the Seven Years’ War, which began in 1756 when Frederick II (the Great) led his Prussian...
Seven Years' War: Battle of Zorndorf
Key Facts of the Seven Years’ War
List of important facts regarding the Seven Years’ War (1756–63). This major 18th-century conflict arose out of Austria’s...
second Opium War battle
Key Facts of the Opium Wars
List of important facts regarding the Opium Wars, two trading wars of the mid-19th century in China. The first (1839–42)...
Seven Years' War: Battle of Zorndorf
Overview of the Seven Years’ War
Brief overview of the Seven Years’ War (1756–63), including a list of the major belligerents of the war and some of the significant...
second Opium War battle
Causes and Effects of the Opium Wars
List of some of the major causes and effects of the Opium Wars, two trading wars that erupted during the mid-19th century...
second Opium War battle
Opium Wars Timeline
Timeline of the Opium Wars, which arose following Chinese attempts to suppress the illegal opium trade in China in the mid-19th...
second Opium War battle
Overview of the Opium Wars
Brief overview of the Opium Wars, two armed conflicts in China in the mid-19th century between forces of Western countries...
Roosevelt, Theodore; Rough Riders
Spanish-American War Timeline
Timeline of significant events related to the Spanish-American War (1898). The war lasted less than a year but resulted in...
World War I
Key Facts of World War I
Summary of important facts regarding World War I, major international conflict fought from 1914 to 1918. More than 25 countries...
American Progress, chromolithograph print, c. 1873
Manifest Destiny Key Facts
List of important facts regarding the idea of Manifest Destiny. The phrase was coined in 1845 by magazine editor John L....
Battle of Gettysburg
American Civil War Timeline
Timeline of significant events related to the American Civil War, from the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president...
American Progress, chromolithograph print, c. 1873
Causes and Effects of Manifest Destiny
List of major causes and effects of Manifest Destiny. The belief in the supposed inevitability of U.S. territorial expansion...
World War I
Overview of World War I
List of belligerents of World War I and some of the major leaders on both sides of the conflict, which erupted in 1914 and...
Battle of Gettysburg
Causes and Effects of the American Civil War
Lists covering some of the major causes and effects of the American Civil War, conflict between the United States and the...
Battle of Gettysburg
Overview of the American Civil War
List of belligerents of the American Civil War and some of the major leaders on both sides of the conflict, which began in...
Roosevelt, Theodore; Rough Riders
Causes and Effects of the Spanish-American War
List covering some of the major causes and effects of the Spanish-American War. The war originated in the Cuban struggle...
Battle of Gettysburg
Key Facts of the American Civil War
List of some of the important facts of the American Civil War, four-year war (1861–65) between the United States and 11 Southern...
Wendell Phillips
Abolitionism Timeline
Timeline of major events related to abolitionism, which sought to end the transatlantic slave trade and to free enslaved...
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