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ZOOM Meetings Events in 2021:

Croatia

Croatia: The Black Lamb and the Grey Falcon.
September 9th and 16th 11 AM EDST
A special ZOOM Class (Sign up members only)

For many people in the west, Croatia is in that poorly charted zone between well-ordered western civilization and the imagined chaos of the orient. But Croatia is much more than that. It sits on the crossroads of history, touching the great events that helped shape the Europe we recognize today. In this class, you'll hear stories of a land so steeped in lore that HBO producers chose the region as the filming site for the mythical Westeros in their Game of Thrones series. [One Hour each session]

 

Start of WWI

Outbreak of World War I
September 13th and 20th 11 AM EDST
A special ZOOM Class (Sign up members only)

One of the great myths of World War I is that the war was unavoidable. This is far from the truth. Even the participants at the time were well aware of the actions they could have taken to prevent the war from breaking out but simply didn't. The July Crisis of 1914 clearly demonstrated to everyone that the old system of diplomacy between related sovereign rulers was finished. And the network carefully created by Queen Victoria and Otto von Bismarck was collapsing. Defeated by both technology and nationalism. Here's how it happened. [One Hour each session]

 

French Revolution

French Revolution
September 27th and October 4th 11 AM EDST
A special ZOOM Class (Sign up members only)

The French Revolution is the first of the world's successful revolts to go horribly wrong. What started as a noble exercise in defining the rights of man devolved into a murderous series of riots, slaughters, and bloodlettings. What started as a simple bankruptcy proceeding lapsed into a lawyer-controlled mess where it was cheaper to buy a newspaper than it was to buy a loaf of bread. It would awake the dark heart in politicians the world over who would end up leading their states down the same path. [One Hour each session]

Quest For King Arthur

Quest For King Arthur
October 18th and October 25th 11 AM EDST
A special ZOOM Class (Sign up members only)

King of the Britons and central figure of the Arthurian legends comes to life in Geoffrey's of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae. Long considered to be nothing but a story, Arthur's name appears in several lists for the 7th to the 10th Century… lists which only include known historical figures. Why would respected historians include a fictional character in their historical works… unless, of course, he wasn't as fictional as we think he is. [One Hour each session]

Battle of Isandlwana

Battle of Isandlwana
November 1st and November 8th 11 AM EDST
A special ZOOM Class (Sign up members only)

On January 22nd, 1879 the British army suffered one of the worse defeats of any modern rifle-armed military force during the colonial period… only in this case, it was defeated by native troops armed primarily with short spears. An even worse defeat than Custer three years before. The London papers referred to the event by saying "The Zulus are a match of us in generalship, and more than a match for us in cunning." Except for rifles and artillery, the British and the Zulu military were remarkably similar… except the British were slaughtered. [One Hour each session]