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Rise of Rome

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This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. 21st April 753 BC – Romulus founds Rome (traditional date) The Eternal

The Battle of Näfels

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This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. 9th April 1388 – Despite being outnumbered 16 to 1, forces of

Capture of Brielle

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This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. 1st April 1572 – In the Eighty Years’ War, the Watergeuzen capture

Yugoslavia’s bloodless coup

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This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. 27th March 1941 – World War II: Yugoslav Air Force officers topple

History is not written by the victors  

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In our immensely cynical age, it is a well-worn cliché to declare that ‘History is written by the victors’, often said by people trying to

Baghdad falls

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This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. 11th March 1917 – Fall of Baghdad to British Empire forces When

Barbarossa becomes king

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This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. March 4th 1152 – Frederick I Barbarossa is elected King of Germany

The League of Lezhë

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This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. 2nd March 1444 – Skanderbeg assembles a group of Albanian nobles to

The European giant awakes  

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I am not a fan of the European Union (EU). I’ve always seen the EU not as a free trade zone but as a protectionist

Massacre at Glen Coe

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This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. 13th February 1692 – Massacre of Glencoe: Almost 30 MacDonalds at Glen