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Category Archives: European History
GUEST POST: Tale as Old as Time
by Tom Rusbridge, University of Birmingham Disney’s live-action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was released in Spring 2017 and made its little-screen debut over Christmas. Following on from the animated feature classic of 1991, the fantastical nature of the … Continue reading
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25th December 1914: Christmas Day on board HMS Talbot
by Dr Ruth Salter  I know that it’s not 25th of December today, but what could be more fitting for the final blog post of the series, and for the final entry taken from my great-grandfather, Arthur John Pidgeon’s … Continue reading
23rd December 1888: The Van Gogh story everyone wants to hear…
by Donna Yamani On the night before Christmas Eve in 1888 — a cold Sunday evening in the French city of Arles — Vincent Van Gogh took the razor he kept on his small dressing table and slashed off his … Continue reading
20th December 1699: A new ‘New Year’
by Dr Andy Willimott Peter the Great’s reign was marked by an overriding desire to enforce reform on Russia, dragging it kicking and screaming in to line with many European practices. On 20 December 1699 (according to the Julian Calendar), … Continue reading
16th December 1631: Vesuvius erupts again
by Prof Paul Davies Everyone knows the story of Mount Vesuvius and its destruction of Pompeii (79 CE), which remained hidden from the world until its rediscovery in the eighteenth century. Far less familiar is the volcano’s later eruption of … Continue reading
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