Outline of European History, Over-Simplified

The traditional division is into eras: Ancient (Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic eras; Bronze Age, Iron Age); Classical (Greece and Rome), Medieval (Post-Roman Antiquity; Carolingian Era [Charlemagne]; Post-Carolingian Era [Viking and other European invasions -- Anglo-Saxons; Normans; High Middle Ages; Late Middle Ages;  Modern Era (beginning with Renaissance; continuing with Reformation; Baroque Era; Age of Empires; Colonialism; Revolutions;... Continue Reading →

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American History from European Perspective Offers New Insights

Studying European history, an American can gather new insights into American history. A few insights I have gathered so far: Without the ability to deport or encourage hundreds of thousands of dissidents, malcontents, criminals, rugged individualists, and religious fanatics to leave their home countries for North America, Europe would have exploded into hopeless centuries of... Continue Reading →

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How Accurate Are Genealogical Records?

I had assumed the Buies were genetically isolated for hundreds of years on the Isle of Jura, Scotland. But Ancestry.com suggests they may have inhabited Jura for only a few generations, from the 1600s to the 1700s, before sailing to America. My DNA analysis suggests Swedes, Vikings, Northern and Southern Europeans, including from the Iberian Peninsula... Continue Reading →

Delightful Night of Irish Storytelling

At the Brazen Head in Dublin, Ireland's "oldest pub," we spent a wonderful evening listening to music and Irish folk tales, eating good food and learning about the culture and history of the country. Highly recommended. I love Irish music and the exuberant spirit of the Irish.

Wealthy London Vs. The Rest of Britain

"While much of the UK still struggles after the financial crash, one city is thriving. Money, companies and people are pouring into London like never before. Why is the capital so dominant? Is its success good or bad for Britain? And what should the rest of the country do? Evan Davis explores the story of... Continue Reading →

Who’s Like the Scots?

"The average Englishman, in his home he calls his castle, puts on his national costume - A shabby Raincoat patented by Charles MacIntosh of Glasgow, Scotland. "He drives a car fitted with tires invented by John Boyd Dunlop of Dreghorn, Scotland. "At the office he receives his mail with adhesive stamps which, although they bear... Continue Reading →

Christmas Vacation in Europe

My son Matthew Buie-Nervik, his bride and not quite two-year-old son spent two weeks in Europe for the Christmas holidays 2016. "We just returned the tiny Fiat rental car today," he wrote on Dec. 30. "We drove 3108 kilometers (nearly 2000 miles). France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy. A great trip." Photo essays: Paris, France. 2. Video clip... Continue Reading →

Kilmartin Glen, Site of Ancient Ancestors

In Western Scotland, on our way to the isle of Skye, my siblings and I visited Kilmartin, a small village in Argyll and Bute where some of our ancestors came from. It has one of the richest concentrations of prehistoric monuments in Scotland. Photo Essay https://goo.gl/photos/rYUv5qA2AxvCkEGt6  

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