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XI. The Historian’s Craft

There is a lot more to being an historian than simply excavating facts.  Proper names are certainly specific, but what people did and why they did it is a matter of opinion or perspective.  Often the historian must choose between … Continue reading

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X. Past and Future

Stitches in Time was written partly to encourage a discussion of cause-effect relationships… and partly just for fun.  Alternate timelines are always worth considering, because they illustrate ripple effects and demonstrate that there is no such thing as “inevitability.”  Remembering … Continue reading

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IX. The Cold War and After

This story was originally written thirty years ago, when the Cold War was in what we now consider its final stages.  At the time, however, it did not seem that way.  Distrust always overruled diplomacy.  Also, what we now consider … Continue reading

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VIII. The Inter-War Period

Post-World War I Europe experienced economic hardships that were the result of total war and continuing distrust and animosity.  Unable to strike back at the impersonal economic system, disillusioned citizens redirected their frustrations and took aim at tangible, concrete “enemies,” … Continue reading

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VII. The Industrial Revolution

James Watt invented the steam engine and launched Great Britain’s economic boom and the Industrial Revolution in general.  Not everyone benefitted, however.  Peasants driven off the land by the Enclosure Movement ended up looking for work in factory towns.  What … Continue reading

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VI. The Enlightment and the Romantic Revolt

The Renaissance brought about a revival of interest in a rational approach to the physical sciences. Curiosity about Humanity’s place in the Universe led to a renewed interest in a wide variety of pursuits considered irrelevant in the medieval worldview. … Continue reading

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V. The Age of Absolutism

The Seventeenth Century was the age of absolute monarchical power, with France establishing the model that other rulers sought to emulate.  Building on the work of clever royal politicians before him, Louis XIV, the Sun King, reigned for seventy-two years … Continue reading

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IV. The Protestant Reformation

The Protestant Reformation was the first successful challenge to Papal authority in Western Europe, and it began when a single monk challenged a Church plan to raise money.  Martin Luther’s moral outrage got him in trouble with Rome and with … Continue reading

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III Renaissance Italy

Two concepts that were highly prized in the Italian Renaissance were versatility and the ability to succeed.  Focused for centuries almost exclusively on the next world, Europeans began to turn their attention to this life.  Those who could understand and … Continue reading

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II. The Medieval Period

Central authority broke down in the ninth and tenth centuries. Europe was circled by hostile invaders. To defend against this threat to their very existence, the ruling classes fell back on an old loyalty system: Feudalism, a mechanism based on keeping sacred … Continue reading

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