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European History Articles

Where to begin in a discussion of European history? So much has taken place on the continent, where we can trace back the culture and influence of the Western World.

Whether your interest is piqued by ancient, medieval, or modern European history, we’ve got you covered. Fascinated by the Roman empire? Discover the worst emperors to have ruled over it, the Great Fire of Rome that nearly destroyed the city, and how the Sack of Rome at the hands of mercenaries ushered in a new era. Can’t get enough of the medieval period? It’s not all dragons and elves here; rather, we’re doing a deep dive into famous rebellions (such as the Peasants’ Revolt and the Germans Peasants’ War), the bloody Crusades, and the real historical origins of the mythical wizard Merlin.

Finally, we reach modern European history. Prepare to be surprised by the tidbits you’ll learn about the Napoleonic Wars, the French Revolution, and other major events from the early modern period. Perhaps you’re curious about legendary historical figures. From Winston Churchill quotes to Marie Antoinette’s downfall, there’s no shortage of knowledge about influential European people in our archives.

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The Romanov Family Beyond the Royal Tragedy: 10 Facts You May Not Know

The Romanovs' historical relevance goes far beyond a midnight execution.

5 Royal Figures Who Were Assassinated

These tragic murders reverberated throughout their kingdoms.

Wyatt’s Rebellion Nearly Upended the English Monarchy

Politician Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger sought to overthrow Mary I.

The Berlin Blockade: An International Crisis

An impressive airlift circumvented a Soviet power grab.

The Failed Irish Rebellion of 1798

This major uprising against British rule was ultimately suppressed.

The Last Charge of the Bicycle Brigade

The humble bicycle had a suprisingly important role in both world wars.

The Tragic Wartime Sinking of Passenger Ship RMS Lusitania

The torpedo attack killed hundreds of civilians and turned international opinion against Imperial Germany.

6 Fascinating Constitutional Crises Throughout History

These political challenges have questioned the legitimacy of various governments.

The Dead Man Who Duped Hitler: The Beyond Bizarre Tale of WWII’s Strangest Operation

Now a major motion picture starring Colin Firth, Operation Mincemeat involved a corpse, a fake fiancée, and the successful invasion of Sicily.

Olga of Kiev: A Ruthless Ruler and Ukrainian Saint

She remains a symbol of strength and fortitude for the Ukrainian people.

The Invention of the Guillotine and Its Role in the French Reign of Terror 

The execution device came to be known as a symbol of violent class warfare.

The "Dancing Plague" of 1518

Historians remain puzzled by this incident of mass hysteria.

The Remarkable Life of Abba Kovner, the Holocaust Survivor Who Sought Revenge

He was one of the first to recognize the Nazis were committing genocide.

Beware the Ides of March...

The Roman holiday was marked by religious observances before Julius Caesar's notorious murder.

A Research Team Has Found the Endurance Shipwreck

106 years after it sank in the Antarctic, the historic ship has been located.

4 Books to Help You Understand the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Go deeper into the historical and political reasons for Russia's invasion.

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