Monthly Archives: February 2019

Finnish soliders in the snow WWII

History Happenings Winter: Civil War, WWII, Russian Revolution

This month, I cover events that have happened in history during winter, from the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century to 1940, when all of Europe was in a deep freeze, to rival the recent polar vortex. The Civil War was brewing as the states of the Deep South seceded to form the Confederacy in 1861, and the last battle of the War of 1812 took place right downriver from the city of New Orleans. We see Finland stand up to the Bolsheviks after the Russian Revolution and we even share a few notes about how quisling has become synonymous with “collaborator” or “treachery” or just plain Treason. 17th Century At the end of January in 1695, Mustafa II became the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul on the death of Amhed II. His main goal was to restore the territories that the Turks had lost on the European continent in the previous two decades or so. Really it started in September 1683 when Polish King Jan Sobieski smashed the Ottomans at the Battle of Vienna. He and his allies, the Holy League, comprised of the Holy Roman Empire and smaller surrounding states, began to push the Turks back after that. While Mustafa…

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