I like to think of my ancestry as Celtic as opposed to Roman and Anglo-Saxon. The Celts, it seemed, were not particularly interested in dominating others, not interested in building empires, but were very soulful -- musicians, poets, religious leaders, faeries, story-tellers. The Celts of the British Isles -- the Scottish, the Irish, the Welsh … Continue reading Who Were the Celts? How Did They Save Britain?
Sensing that his empire was over-extended and facing insecurity at home, the Roman emperor Constantine III withdrew nearly all of his army from England around 409 A.D. This was a couple of generations before the sacking of Rome in 476 A.D. Roman culture and influence in Britain "dwindled to an almost negligible point," wrote Philip … Continue reading New Look at Britain Before and After the Romans. Far Stronger and More Developed Than Previously Thought
Crash Course European History: "Much has been written about what exactly caused World War I. As befits a true global war, the reality is that there isn't a single cause. There aren't even three causes. There are a vast array of causes. Today we'll get into just a few of those causes, including the complex … Continue reading The Road to World War I in Europe
Forged in Ulster: During his visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland, en route to the G8 summit in Enniskillen, US President Barack Obama talked a little bit about how Ulster immigrants had a large impact on American history & culture. In an interview with the New Yorker magazine in Nov 2016 President Obama said: “I’m half … Continue reading Scotch-Irish, Including Andrew Jackson and Obama’s Protestant Ancestors, Helped Shape America
"Between 1840 and 1914, an estimated 40 million people left Europe. This is one of the most significant migrations in human history. So, who was leaving Europe? And why?" -- Crash Course European History on Youtube.com. Transcript.
Crash Course: "In 1848, Europe experienced a wave of revolutions. Last week we covered some of the reform movements that presaged these uprisings. This week, we're learning about what the people wanted from the revolutions, who was involved, and how many of those goals were accomplished. We'll look at revolutions in the Austrian Empire, Hungary, … Continue reading In European History, Revolutions of 1848 Were Seminal in Shaping Modern World
jeremiahwarren.com: "St. Patrick was born, not in Ireland, but in Britain around AD 386. Well, actually, he wasn't called St. Patrick at the time, or even Patrick, but was referred to as Maewyn Succat. Good thing he changed his name later, St. Maewyn's Day doesn't have the same ring. We'll stick with Patrick just in … Continue reading St. Patrick and His Day: Who He Was and Why He Is Celebrated