Battle of Anzio, The: The History of the Allies’ Controversial Amphibious Landing during the Italian Campaign of World War II

The immense difficulties Sicily's rugged terrain caused to the Allied forces, and the successful delaying actions fought by small numbers of well-led German soldiers, inspired...

Irish Americans in the Civil War: The History and Legacy of Irish Units Who Fought on Both Sides of the War

Americans have long been fascinated by the Civil War, marveling at the size of the battles, the leadership of the generals, and the courage of the soldiers. The Civil War was the...

Irish Confederate Wars, The: The History and Legacy of Ireland’s Deadliest Conflict

During the 12th century, the people of Ireland came under the sway of the English, who had extended into their domain. With every subsequent century, English dominion in the land...

Native American Games: The History and Legacy of the Different Sports Played by Indigenous Groups across the Americas

Athletics in Central and North American societies go much further back than most people realize. The native peoples took their sports just as seriously as any of today’s most...

Nazi Art Theft: The History of Germany’s Confiscation and Destruction of European Artworks during World War II

Looting and the acquisition of plunder have long been crucial features of war. Removing an enemy’s portable wealth is a way of ensuring they lack the resources to create a new...

Suez Canal, The: The History and Legacy of the World’s Most Famous Waterway

In 1831, a 26-year old French foreign service official by the name of Ferdinand de Lesseps was sent to Alexandria to serve as vice-consul. While undergoing an obligatory period of...

Lombards, The: The History and Legacy of the Germanic Group that Dominated Italy after the Fall of Rome

While many people are familiar with the Vandals’ sack of Rome, the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, and the Byzantine Empire’s attempt to reunify the entire Roman...

Project Mercury: The History and Legacy of America’s First Human Spaceflight Program

The successful Apollo 11 mission was certainly an astonishing technological triumph, but what is less well remembered now are that many programs preceded Apollo and were...

Gangs of Chinatown, The: The History and Legacy of Chinese Street Gangs in America

Chinese gangs have been a part of the fabric of American Chinatowns since the first Chinese immigrants arrived in the nineteenth century to work on the railroads. Faced with...

Book of Revelation, The: The History and Legacy of the Apocalyptic Final Book of the Bible

About 2,000 years ago, a prophet named John wrote a book about his strange visions while he was in Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. This John, the Seer, the...

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