Mark reviews some significant events that occurred at during winter in history. We go from the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century to Europe’s worst winter in history in 1940. 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 that 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 collaboration and treachery.
Christmas during wartime, just as in life, shines with a different glow than that in more peaceful years. Luxuries are often non-existent and even basics are scarce but soldiers and civilians find ways to celebrate. This week on History with Mark Bielski, I look at the holidays in difficult times from the crowning of William the Conqueror in 1066 to USO Shows for American soldiers.
Mark discusses Tudor England with Professor Bill Robison from Southeastern Louisiana University (SELU). Professor Robinson, who is chair of the history department at SELU, talks about how people see Tudor England portrayed in film and on TV. They especially concentrate on the Showtime series “The Tudors,” which is historical fiction set in 16th C or the 1500s. They also discuss two of the books Professor Robison has written and/or edited. As head of the history department, Professor Robinson specializes in British History and European History after 1500.