The Pocket Guide to World History

Vespucci, Amerigo. 1454-1512. Florentine explorer who concluded America was not Asia. Name “America”. [Read more ...]

Vestal Virgins. Chaste Roman guardians of Temple to Vesta, goddess of the hearth. [Read more ...]

Vesuvius, Mt. 79 Eruption destroys Pompeii, Herculaneum. [Read more ...]

Vetsera, Maria. -1889. Mistress of Rudolf; died with him. [Read more ...]

Viau, Théophile. 1590-1626. French pre-Classical poet, dramatist. Pyramus and Thisbe 1623. [Read more ...]

Viceroy. Governor of a territory in name of monarch. [Read more ...]

Vichy. Seat of Pétain’s pro-German government, 1940-44 in unoccupied southern France. Source of waters famous since Roman times. [Read more ...]

Vicksburg Campaign. 1862-3. Major Union victory for Grant on Mississippi. [Read more ...]

Vico, Giambattista. 1668-1744. Italian cultural philosopher: Scienzo Nuova 1720. [Read more ...]

Victor-Emmanuel II. 1820-78. First king of united Italy, 1861-. Peace of Milan, 1848. Cavour. [Read more ...]

Victor Emmanuel III. 1869-1947. Last Italian king 1900~46. Supported Mussolini. Abdicated. [Read more ...]

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