European History

EU Releases Its First Invasive Species Blacklist

Gray squirrels, raccoons and crayfish were among the prohibited species

Diaries of Holocaust Architect Heinrich Himmler Discovered in Russia

The man who designed the Nazi concentration camps switched easily between recording domestic life and mass murder

The leaves stained with Albert I's blood

Bloody Leaves Help Solve 82-Year-Old Royal Mystery

King Albert's untimely death sparked a range of conspiracy theories about the cause

Hygiene sticks excavated at Xuanquanzhi station along the Silk Road

Ancient "Poop Sticks" Offer Clues to the Spread of Disease Along the Silk Road

The parasites found within the 2,000-year-old-feces smeared on bamboo suggest more than commodities made the trip

A researcher examines inscriptions by 16th century Europeans in a cave on Mona Island

Cave Graffiti Shows Natives and Europeans Had Early Dialogue in the Caribbean

Cave art from both Taíno people and Spanish explorers in a cave on Mona Island shows the two had some early cultural understanding

"Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear"
Vincent van Gogh
1889

Van Gogh Cut Off a Lot More Than His Earlobe

The self-inflicted wound was even worse than most thought

Study Shows Knights Were Pretty Spry in Their Suits of Armor

Researchers studied the range of motion of fighters in suits of armor, finding they were heavy but allowed freedom of movement

Antoine de Saint-Exupery in Montreal, Canada in May 1942.

Amateur Historian Digs up Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Press Pass From the Spanish Civil War

The celebrated author of “The Little Prince” once covered the Spanish Civil War

The historical flag of Prague's Jewish community.

How Did the Six-Pointed Star Become Associated With Judaism?

The connection between the two goes back centuries

Venomous Lionfish Invade the Mediterranean

A recent survey shows that the fish have colonized Cyprus and may continue to spread

What's the Difference Between England, Britain and the U.K.?

Listen up, would-be Anglophiles: Here's how never to mess up your realms, kingdoms and empires again

What Brexit Would Mean for U.K.'s Arts, Sciences and Other Sectors

Exiting the European Union could have far ranging consequences for industries throughout the United Kingdom

Photo taken at Auschwitz in 2013.

Former SS Guard Convicted on 170,000 Counts of Accessory to Murder

Reinhold Hanning a 94-year-old retired dairy farmer served as a guard at Auschwitz during World War II

A drawing of one of the Athenian ship sheds built in the harbors of Piraeus

Archaeologists Uncover Massive Naval Bases of the Ancient Athenians

Researchers have excavated ship sheds in the city of Piraeus that held triremes from the pivotal Battle of Salamis

Domino tiles.

Thousands of Objects Taken From Holocaust Victims Have Been Rediscovered

Almost 16,000 items were forgotten for decades

Eltz Castle

Visit Seven Storybook Castles in Germany

These magnificent structures are straight out of a fairy tale

The world's first ring designed for racing cars, built in 1907. It's one of 21 sites Historic England is asking more information on from the public

Help England Crowdsource Its History

Historic England is asking the public for information and photos on 21 weird and wonderful sites on its list of historic places

A classic Parisian newsstand on Rue St. Germain.

Parisians Are in an Uproar Over Their New Newstands

Paris’ iconic kiosks are being updated and replaced

X-Rays Reveal "Hidden Library" on the Spines of Early Books

Researchers are uncovering fragments of medieval texts used in early book binding

Auschwitz Museum Finds Victim's Jewelry in False-Bottomed Mug

A women’s ring made of gold and a necklace was carefully wrapped in a piece of canvas

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