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All About History: Iconic Moments In Politics

All About History: Iconic Moments In Politics

All About History: Iconic Moments In Politics

In Iconic Moments in Politics you’ll see some of the most important political events in history brought to life through evocative imagery and expertly written features. Spanning centuries and continents, it's a must-read for any history enthusiast.

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iconic moments in politics

More than any other force in history, politics has shaped the world that we live in today. Behind every great war or revolution, and every charismatic leader or head of state, is a political motivation and ideology. Great political moments are sometimes understated – the signing of a document, the delivery of a speech – but this belies their significance. The consequences of these decisions, agreements and denouncements can affect the lives of billions of people around the world, and they can profoundly alter the course of history, for good or ill. Throughout Iconic Moments in Politics you’ll see some of the most important political events in history brought to life through evocative imagery and expertly written features. From the great revolutionary movements in France, Russia and the United States,…

12 min.
50 iconic political moments

EMPEROR CONSTANTINE CONVENES COUNCIL OF NICEA 20 MAY, 325 Emperor Constantine, famed for issuing the Edict of Milan in 313, which effectively ended the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire, and for founding the city of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, in 324, convenes the First Council of Nicea, a gathering seeking to establish consensus on the basic tenets of the Christian faith. CHARLEMAGNE CROWNED EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS 25 DECEMBER, 800 A gifted military strategist who strives to unite all Germanic peoples under common rule and convert them to Christianity, Charlemagne is crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Leo III in Rome. Charlemagne is remembered as a ruthless battlefield commander as well as the defender of Western Christianity. He is sometimes described as the ‘Father of…

2 min.
magna carta

In the meadow of Runnymede along the River Thames just west of London, King John of England assents to the tenets of the Magna Carta, or Great Charter, on 15 June, 1215. As the threat of revolt among his barons looms, the king accepts demands that provide for the election of 25 barons to ensure the implementation of freedoms relating to the church, the removal of the threat of illegal imprisonment, the setting of a limit on baronial payments to the king’s coffers, and the provision of reasonable access to justice through the legal system. Neither side lives up to its obligations in the bargain, and Pope Innocent III soon nullifies the document. Shortly thereafter, the First Barons’ War erupts. Following the death of King John in 1216, his son, Henry…

2 min.
establishment of the medici bank

By the time Giovanni de’ Medici founded the Medici Bank in 1397, his family was already somewhat prosperous in 14th century Florence. Much of the Medici wealth had been derived from the textile industry. However, the tremendous success of the bank brings with it even greater riches and political power in the city. While Giovanni shuns public office, he becomes one of the wealthiest men in Europe and establishes a dynasty that will shape the course of history for more than 300 years. As the Medici Bank becomes the largest in Europe and the principal financial institution of the Roman Catholic Church, the family come to dominate the Florentine political scene, and their influence spreads throughout the western Mediterranean. Eventually, nine branches of the Medici Bank are in operation. Meanwhile, the…

1 min.
cleisthenes introduces democratic reforms in athens

During a brief six-year period of supremacy in the citystate of Athens, Cleisthenes, an Athenian of noble birth, expands the tenets of democratic government and soon becomes known as the ‘father of Democracy’. Nearly a century earlier, another Athenian statesman, Solon, had introduced elements of democracy in Athens. Cleisthenes reduces the power of the aristocracy and reorients the political structure to that of the village or area in which a citizen was born, rather than a focus on familial ties, lines of succession and social status. He then establishes ten tribes in Athens with these villages as centres of political participation. The tribes encompass three ‘thirds’, or villages with groups of citizens eligible to serve in the legislative assembly. Each tribe is equally balanced, with a third from the coastal plains, the city…

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martin luther nails 95 theses to the door of castle church, wittenberg

Christian theologian Martin Luther sows the seeds of the Protestant Reformation when he nails his 95 Theses to the front door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg, Germany. Luther is vehemently opposed to the continuing sale of indulgences for the absolution of sin and recoils from the perceived corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, which is a major political force in Western civilisation as well. Luther disagrees with the church’s position that salvation could be achieved through ‘good works’. He subscribes to the ancient perspective of St. Augustine that the Bible is the highest religious authority, rather than the officials of the church in Rome, and that only God can grant salvation through His holy grace. Luther rebuffs repeated efforts to coerce him into recanting. In 1521, he stands before the Diet…