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23 de Novembro de 2019.

A brief history of Croatia

Croatia is situated between central and southeast Europe, with a population of around 4 million. There is lots of evidence of Croatia being populated during the prehistoric period, fossils of Neanderthals have been found in the north of the country and the most famous place is in Krapina, where over eight hundred fossils were found. In 9 AD Croatia became a part of the Roman Empire, until the 7th century when the Avar and Croat peoples invaded and destroyed most of the Roman towns. The Roman survivors fled to the coast, islands and mountains. Dubrovnik, a city on the southern coast of the country, was established by these survivors. Duke Branimir, who received recognition from the Pope John VIII, was […]
21 de Novembro de 2019.

The history of one Balkan state

The history of the first Bulgarian state dates back to the 7th century. Bulgaria was founded by Asparukh in 681. The Christianisation of the state began at the end of the 9th century. At the beginning of the 11th century Bulgaria was conquered by Byzantium. After more than 100 years, a major uprising restored the Bulgarian state to form the Second Bulgarian Empire. Bulgaria was flourishing over the next two centuries until it disintegrated into two smaller states, which were eventually subjugated by the Ottoman Empire. The Turks eliminated Bulgarian knighthood, deprived Bulgarian citizens of their rights and subordinated the Church to the Patriarch of Constantinople. Bulgaria remained an integral Turkish territory for the next 500 years. A great uprising […]
19 de Novembro de 2019.

The history of Iceland

All countries in Europe have a long history. I want to tell you more about how Iceland became an independent state. The first people to settle in Iceland were probably Irish monks who came in the 8th century. Around 870 the tribal leader Ingólfur Arnason, expelled from Norway, reached the southwest of Iceland with his entourage and expelled the few Irish monks. The population increased strongly because the trailing Nordic settlers. And it at this time they convened the Althing, the oldest parliament in the world. In 1262, after years of fighting with the opposition Icelandic clans, Iceland fell under Norwegian sovereignty. This was the end of the Free State of Iceland. In 1380 Norway and Iceland fell under Danish […]
15 de Novembro de 2019.

The History of Finland

I chose Finland because it is the most eco-friendly country in the world. This is the outcome based on the EPI: The Environmental Performance Index. It’s a useful tool to measure the green credentials of various countries around the world. The EPI assesses a country’s eco-performance across nine categories: agriculture, air quality, biodiversity and habitat, climate and energy, forests, fisheries, health impacts, water resources, and water and sanitation. Now the question I ask myself is how this came to be? What is the reason that they excel in this field? Why do they manage to prioritize this green quest, where other countries fail to do so? And more importantly, can we learn something from them? It all boils down to […]
13 de Novembro de 2019.

A Europe of Nations

The country has had its hand in one of the biggest events in world history, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip in 1914. Bosnia and Herzegovenia is a fascinating country to study, it is a fairly recent country (in terms of being independent and having defined borders) stemming from the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1992.  Since the end of Yugoslavia it has encountered terrible wars and a lot of ethnic tensions. The reason for this comes from a long and complicated history that saw ethnic groups bound together under empires. Firstly the Ottoman Empire, secondly, the Austro-Hungarian, and lastly, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. What happened between 1992-95 was the worst humanitarian disaster Europe faced since […]