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Avoiding the German Revolution in 1918

If you take a look at the city of Munich now, and you take a look at it back when the First World War was coming to an end, you are going to see a huge contrast between the two. Now, they have their beautiful football arena and they are hosting Oktoberfest every year, but… Keep Reading

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What A Second American Civil War Might Look Like

American society is highly divided one. The last time Americans were so opposed to each other was back in the 19th century, and it didn’t end well. When even the national security experts agree that there are at least 30% chance of a second American civil war, a wise man stops to think. It is… Keep Reading

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USS Franklin and a tale of toxic leadership

USS Franklin (CV-13) was one of 24 Essex class aircraft carriers United states Navy fielded during the World War 2. It was a very successful design, this was supported by the fact that neither of them was lost to the enemy actions, despite some of them, like Franklin, suffering major damage. Franklin, nicknamed Big Ben,… Keep Reading

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The Battle of Stirling Bridge

It was the year of 1297. The First War of Scottish Independence was well underway, and Scots under the leadership of William Wallace managed to drive English forces out of the highlands. As English garrisons burned, it became clear to the English King Edward I that another show of force, similar to that of the… Keep Reading

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All children of Queen Victoria and King Albert

Most of you probably know a thing or two about Queen Victoria, best known as “The Grandmother of Europe,” but for those of you who don’t, here is a brief history lesson and King and Queen’s family tree. Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on February 10th 1840, and just a few… Keep Reading

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Yakov Dzhugashvili, the sad fate of Stalin’s son

Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had three children, two boys and a girl, born by his two wives. Neither of the three had a warm relationship with their father. His only daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva defected to the United States in 1967. When she was 16, Svetlana fell in love with a Jewish filmmaker Aleksei Kapler. As… Keep Reading

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Geli Raubal, Hitler’s first love

When police arrived at Prinzregentenplatz 16 in Munich on the afternoon of the September 23rd, 1931, they found a young woman lying in the pool of her own blood. She was quickly identified as Geli Raubal, Adolph Hitler’s niece. The apartment in Prinzregentenplatz 16 was registered to Hitler and the gun lying next to the… Keep Reading

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Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s mysterious wife

Not much is known about William Shakespeare’s early life before he moved to London and became famous. That includes his marriage to Anne Hathaway. Anne was a daughter of Richard Hathaway, a local yeoman landowner from Shottery, a small village near Stratford-upon-Avon. It is unclear who her biological mother was, and it is presumed that… Keep Reading

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