Sunday, October 9, 2016

History Moments Crosses 1,000 Pages

A good history blog is more like a library than a diary.  It is a collection of short passages.  Entries made in prior years are just as important as the latest ones.


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Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Cold War Series

Did you see the series on CNN or on the BBC? While it had its problems, at 24 episodes it is the most comprehensive history of the "war" yet seen. Its major omission in my opinion is a summary of the chief beliefs of communism. One cannot really understand the Cold War Era without understanding how communism differs from socialism and from the other major isms of the era.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Past Quotes from Trump and Clinton

While these are contemporary people, I believe that a look back at statements they have made in past years gives an historical perspective. Since the news emphasizes their bad statements, this series looks at positive ones. Moreover, both people have said wise thing that we can put to use in our own lives. and Don't forget The Basic History Library (free). ------------->

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Native Americans Before French Canada

We call of the various communities speaking dialects of the generic tongue of the Iroquois the Huron-Iroquois Family of Indian nations. Through most of North America the structure of the clan formed the basis of their societies. The Iroquois separated into five distinct nations, cantoned from east to west along the centre of New York, in the following order: Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Senecas to form the Iroquois Confederation. For more information on Natives in Eastern Canada and Northeastern United Stated before contact with settlers from Europe here is an installment from France in North America by Francis Parkman: and Don't forget The Basic History Library (free). ------------->

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Joan of Arc Captured

on May 24, 1430.  She was 19 years old.  After being transferred to the English in November, trial began on February 21, 1431.  For part of that she was kept in an iron cage.  On May 30, she was condemned.  Then she was burned at the stake.

Today we're beginning a new series Joan of Arc’s Trial and Execution by Jules Michelet:


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Series on The Cold War Begins

This is the CNN/BBC television series that was aired years ago. The complete series is no YouTube. It is pretty overwhelming. History Moments blog breaks it down episode by episode, day by day. Episode 1 covers Communism until 1945.


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Friday, July 8, 2016

Henry VIII and His Bid for Absolute Monarchy

I have been watching The Tudors television series on Netflix.  It reminds me of how bad Henry was.  Isn't it something that the 16th. century brought one of the worst rulers in history (Henry) and then one of the best (Elizabeth).

For more information here is Cromwell Takes Charge an installment from Henry Makes Himself Head of the Church of England by John R. Green


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Thursday, July 7, 2016

What Happened to the Star Chamber?

The ancient role of the Star Chamber to try special cases circumvented the jury trial process.  In the lead up to the English Civil War this became controversial.  It became a means of securing convictions rather than justice.

For moreinformation on The Star Chamber’s Power in Past Reigns here is an installment from The End of the Star Chamber by Henry Hallam: 


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What Country Has Been in the Middle of Almost Every Major War Since Caesar?

The land now occupied by France was invaded by Julius Caesar.  Since then barbarians invaded, Charlemagne ruled, Vikings raided, Crusades were launched - and that's only to the early Medieval Age.  This is a work in progress.

Here's a list of some major wars France fought:   


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Monday, July 4, 2016

Fourth of July and Slavery

Seemingly every time one wants to say something good about America, someone pushes back with, "What about slavery?"

Slavery was America's original sin.  On July Fourth the United States of America not only declared its independence but based its independence on basic principles of universal freedom.  Civil rights for all was not achieved after the Revolution; it was not achieved after the Civil War; indeed it was not even achieved in the 1960's but it was implicitly made a goal in the Declaration of Independence.

The goal was set.  We are still striving towards that goal.  That is why we should continue to celebrate July 4th. despite slavery.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

First Hot Air Balloon Flight

Time: 5 pm, August 27, 1783; Place: Paris
In the morning the Champ-de-Mars was lined with troops, every house to its very top, and every avenue, was crowded with anxious spectators. The discharge of a cannon at 5 P.M. was the signal for ascent, and the globe rose, to the great surprise of the spectators, to a height of three thousand one hundred twenty-three feet in two minutes, where it entered the clouds. 

For more information on Going up in the Hot Air Balloon First Time Ever here is an installment from First Balloon Ascension by Hatton Turner:

The series began today.


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Saturday, July 2, 2016

After the American Revolution, Where Did the Loyalists Go?

Between 40,000 and 50,000 people reached British North America by 1786. The peace negotiators spent a lot of time on this topic. American histories tend to ignore the fate of these people. Great suffering and deprivation was part of one the great migrations in history.

For more information on Loyalists Move to here is an installment from Where Did the Loyalists Go? by Sir John George Bourinot.

Friday, July 1, 2016

From History Moments Semi-Annual Report

In the first half 2016 these topics were published in the blog.

Justinian Code Established in the Byzantine Empire
The Marines at Guadalcanal
The Peasants' War in Germany in the time of Martin Luther
The Reformation in Scotland
Life Sciences Discovery of Immortality of Tissues
John Knox Biography
Militarism Before World War I
Jimmu Becomes First Emperor of Japan
Frederick II Negotiates Treaty Ending Sixth Crusade
Last Days of the Confederacy (US Civil War)
Flight of the Irish Earls
Saint Bartholomew Day Massacre

These topics were covered at length in series of posts. Link to blog:


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

What Platforms to Use for History Blogs

The two major platforms are Blogger and Wordpress.

Blogger is owned by Google.  It is easy to use but is limited.  I observe that the majority of history blogs use the Blogger platform.  Ease of use seems to be historians' major consideration.

Wordpress is the heavy favorite of successful bloggers in business and other subjects.  It has a variety of features that enhance the blog posts.  For that reason as well as superior appearance, it is what my blog uses.

Here is an example of what a post looks like on blogger.

And this is the same post on Wordpress.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

How to Divide History into Eras

Though a bit Eurocentric, this scheme is easy to remember.

Classical Era 500 BC to 1 BC:  From Herodotus and Confucious to Caesar.

Roman Era 1 AD to 499 AD: And wasn't the RE the most interesting empire of the time?

Dark Age 500 to 999: In Europe yes, but the barbarian invasions affected civilizations from China to the Middle East to North Africa.

Medieval Age 1000 to 1499: why call them "Middle Ages" plural?  Ditto for "Dark Ages".

European Age 1500 to 1999: when Europe affected every society on the planet.

Present Age 2000 - : Wonder what the future will call this.

For more information on The Great Ages of History
here is a wider treatment from my blog: