"History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside." - John F. Kennedy
ORACLE OF HISTORY
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Rare Medieval “Pilgrim’s Badge” Found in Poland
By Smartencyclopedia Staff A rare historical artifact, known as a “pilgrim’s badge,” dating back to the Middle Ages, has recently been discovered in Wólka Nieliska, Poland, with the assistance of a metal detector. This object has sparked significant interest among scholars as it is believed to have served as a
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The Complex Landscape of Soviet Strategic Command and Control during the Cold War
By José Carlos Palma* Introduction The Cold War era was marked by intense geopolitical tensions, with the Soviet Union and the United States engaged in a precarious nuclear standoff. Strategic command and control played a crucial role in shaping the course of events, and the Soviet General Staff developed intricate
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Brief Contemplation of a Presidential Run
By The Smartencyclopedia Staff In the throes of the 1960s, a tumultuous era marked by the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a figure synonymous with the fight for racial equality, found himself at the intersection of activism and electoral politics. In 1967, as
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Embracing Lenin’s Legacy: A Controversial Chapter in Russian History
By The Smartencyclopedia Staff Moscow, Russia — The enduring legacy of Vladimir Lenin, a polarizing figure in Russian history, continues to spark debate and reflection on the nation’s complex past. From hero to symbol of totalitarianism, Lenin’s imprint on Russia’s trajectory is undeniable. As discussions persist on whether to consign
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Ambitious Project Unveiled: Archaeologists Aim to Restore Giza’s Smallest Pyramid to Ancient Glory
By The Smartencyclopedia Staff Cairo, Egypt — In a monumental endeavor described as the “project of the century,” archaeologists in Egypt, alongside a Japanese archaeological mission, have initiated a colossal mission to reconstruct the exterior of Giza’s smallest pyramid, the Pyramid of King Menkaure. Dating back over 4,000 years, the
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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Nazi Death Camp Survivors Mark 79th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation
By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — A solemn ceremony unfolded in southern Poland as survivors of Nazi death camps gathered to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II. Approximately 20 survivors from various Nazi camps across Europe participated in the
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Unveiling the Origins of ‘Xmas’: More Than Just an Abbreviation
By The Smartencyclopedia Staff  Have you ever come across the term “Xmas” and wondered why it’s used as an abbreviation for Christmas? Contrary to common misconceptions, this centuries-old practice has a deeper historical significance dating back to the mid-1500s. The use of “Xmas” is not an attempt to save space
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1979 Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: The Beginning of the USSR’s End
By The Smartencyclopedia Staff  In December 1979, the Soviet Union embarked on a fateful endeavor by invading Afghanistan. This military intervention initially intended to bolster the communist regime and quash the Mujahideen rebellion, ultimately became a protracted and devastating conflict that contributed significantly to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
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The Scientific Revolution: A Watershed Moment in Human History
By José Carlos Palma* The Scientific Revolution was a period of rapid scientific advancement that occurred between the 16th and 18th centuries. It began in Europe and spread to other parts of the world, such as Asia and North America. The Scientific Revolution was characterized by a new approach to
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Unraveling the Enigma of the Ninth Legion’s Disappearance
By Smartencyclopedia The mystery of the Ninth Legion, also known as the Legio IX Hispana, has lingered for centuries, tantalizing historians, archaeologists, and enthusiasts alike. This elite Roman military unit, renowned for its valor and contributions to the Roman Empire, seemingly vanished from historical records, leaving behind a trail of
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The Ebb and Flow of Empires: The Departure of the Romans from Britain and the Dawn of a New Era
By José Carlos Palma* The history of Britain is a tapestry woven with threads of conquest, decline, and resurgence. Among the most significant chapters in this narrative is the departure of the Romans from Britain—a pivotal moment that ushered in the post-Roman era. This article delves deep into the multifaceted
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From Roman Decline to Saxon Ascent: Unraveling the Enigmatic Post-Roman Era of Britain
By José Carlos Palma* The fall of the mighty Roman Empire is a pivotal chapter in world history, and its echoes reverberated far beyond the heart of Rome itself. One of the most intriguing and enigmatic periods that followed was the post-Roman era in Britain. A land that once thrived
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