Peter the Great

July 10, 2022

Peter the Great, also known as Peter I, whose real name was Pyotr Alekseevich, was born on June 9th, 1672, the son of Tsar Alexis and Natalya Naryshkina. He was named after the apostle Saint


A Brief History of NATO

March 2, 2022

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many questioned the continued existence of NATO. After all, NATO’s sole purpose was to be a deterrent to Soviet aggression in Europe, and with the Soviet Union gone,


Leopold II and the Rape of the Congo

June 6, 2018

King Leopold II of Belgium is remembered in history as a monster.  His atrocities in the Congo committed in the name of greed are the darkest chapters of European colonialism.  Through the period from the


Remembering September 11th

March 27, 2018

September 11th, 2001 is one of those events that anyone who is old enough remembers exactly what they were doing when they heard the news that terrorists had flown planes into the World Trade Center


Simón Bolívar and Latin America

January 23, 2018

When Hugo Chavez came to power in 1999 he set about changing the name of Venezuela to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela after the South American liberator, Simón Bolívar.  It was part of what Chavez


Vichy France and the Holocaust

November 28, 2017

After France was conquered by the Germans in World War II, the French government relocated to the small town of Vichy in the middle of the country.  In the hopes of at least keeping the


Muhammad Mossadegh

September 10, 2017

Muhammad Mossadegh is a complicated historical character.  Born in Iran in 1882 to an upper class family he was educated in Paris and Switzerland where he received his PhD in law.  Back in Iran, he


The Monroe Doctrine

August 2, 2017

Until the Monroe Doctrine was proclaimed, America had chosen to stay clear of the power struggles between the nations of Europe with what amounted to an isolationist foreign policy.  Content in not become with European


Diplomacy and Klemens von Metternich

July 16, 2017

Klemens von Metternich was one of Europe’s most conservative statesmen in a time when Napoleonic liberalism was putting Europe through upheaval.  The Europe Metternich envisioned to replace the turmoil of his time was one of


Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb

February 28, 2017

On August 6th, 1945, President Harry Truman was on board the USS Augusta off the coast of England.  Just before noon as he sat down for lunch, he was handed a map of Japan with