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Restoration England – British history

By | 2018-04-24T10:40:56+00:00 August 14th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Charles II of England Oliver Cromwell tried to leave his job as Lord Protector to his son Richard when he died in 1658, but Richard was so useless that two years later Parliament invited Charles I's son, Charles II, to come be king in England after all: historians call this the Restoration, because it restored the [...]

Constitutional amendments – United States

By | 2017-08-11T22:22:52+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Government, North America|

The United States Bill of Rights Over the years since the Bill of Rights in 1791, Americans have not changed their Constitution very much. It's pretty hard to do: you have to get two-thirds of the House and the Senate to agree, and then you have to get 3/4 of the state legislatures to agree too, usually [...]

Bill of Rights simplified – US Constitution

By | 2017-08-11T22:15:11+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Government, North America|

The United States Bill of Rights After the leaders of the new United States wrote the Constitution, they had to get the thirteen states to agree to it. Some of the states didn't want to agree unless they could add some specific rights for individual people. So in 1791 the United States added ten new rights to the [...]

Hume project – European philosophy

By | 2018-04-08T11:14:26+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|

David Hume, the European philosopher So David Hume died of cancer in 1776 AD, just as Americans were writing the Declaration of Independence. Hume's ideas had a huge effect on the Declaration of Independence, but he would probably have disagreed with Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers on some points too. What might Hume have [...]

English Bill of Rights – European government

By | 2018-04-08T11:14:17+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Government, Modern Europe|

Beginning of the Bill of Rights Ever since King John agreed to the Magna Carta in England in 1215 AD, people in England had agreed that the king or queen couldn't just do whatever they wanted. Even the king had to obey the law. By the late 1600s, though, when William and Mary were ruling England, the rich lords who [...]