History of Military Stalemates: Why We Have Proxy Wars

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History of Military Stalemates: Why We Have Proxy Wars In recent weeks, the U.S. Congress has been considering bills for funding military support in Israel, Ukraine, and the Indo-Pacific (code for Taiwan). What is the historical perspective behind funding wars that are not “directly” in a country or on its borders? Why do nations use proxy…

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History of Carol of the Bells: from a Ukrainian folk song

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HISTORY OF CAROL OF THE BELLS: FROM A UKRAINIAN FOLK SONG The favorite Christmas song, Carol of the Bells, is based on a Ukrainian folk song that initially had nothing to do with Christmas and was, in fact, popular in pre-Christian Ukraine. How did this folk song become such a popular American Christmas carol, and…

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My Top 5 Articles of 2022

Top 5 of 2022

My Top 5 Articles of 2022     These are the Top 5 articles from my blog this year based on the number of reader views at billpetro.com:   1. History of Telemachus The story of the monk who caused the Roman gladiatorial games to be ended upon his martyrdom on January 1, A.D. 404. It is often told…

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History of Ukraine: What You Want to Know, part 2

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HISTORY OF UKRAINE: WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW, part 2     We have looked at the recent history of Ukraine in our first article; now we turn to these questions: What is the history of Ukraine over the last two centuries that got us here? What has been Ukraine’s relationship with other great powers…

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History of Ukraine: What You Want to Know, part 1

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HISTORY OF UKRAINE, PART 1     With the world holding its breath, what is the recent historical context from which you can understand Ukraine’s self-identity? What is the nature of Ukraine’s national independence? Why is Ukraine fighting for its life against Russia now? An independent, self-governing Ukraine emerged as a nation only in 1991.…

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