Many of my writeups describe the people and events of individual years during the 17th Century, 18th Century, and 19th Century. This writeup is a central reference to their creation and bibliography/URLology.

One of my earliest writeups was one for the year 1743.  I was intrigued by the number of interesting people who had been born or died in that year, and felt it was worth writing up.  This initial success was encouraging.

Later, I noded 1755 on a whim.  Being the beginning of the Seven Years' War, I decided to node the whole war, and never looked back.

I knew some eighteenth-century history when this all began, but I have learned far, far more in the process.

My principal source for all of the nodes has been the vast amount of information available on the World Wide Web. Since the only language I know fluently is English, the information reflects what can be found on the Web in that language.  I know some German, and have had a limited amount of success using Web translators to glean information written in Polish, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

Because of this, you will notice a marked concentration of European and North American history in my writeups.  I have been able to find a limited amount of information about people and events for this period in Asia and South America.  Sadly, you will find almost nothing of Africa besides people who were captured there and sold as slaves.

You will also notice that most writeups for later years are longer and more complex than the ones for their earlier counterparts.  This is due to two factors:

  • The more recent an event newer the year, the more likely it is that someone will find it worthwhile to put up on the Web.
  • There are simply more events to report, due to the fact that there are more people around to cause them.
Initially, I tried to maintain a consistent level of detail between the nodes.  This led to a problem: Some of the writeups for the years of the Napoleonic Wars are too long to read at one sitting.  I now realize that such consistency is unrealistic.  An event that is remarkable in the early eighteenth century, but is overwhelmed by other events in the early nineteenth century, will go unreported. 

Research for every one of these nodes started with a Google search for that year.

Google led me to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different websites offering tidbits of information. They are far too numerous to list here, but I will list some of the more important ones below.  If I think of others, I will add them.

  • There are many online timelines covering this period.  Most are somewhat local in scope, and I got little information from them.
    • A notable exception is the Encyclopedia Louisiana's Louisiana Timeline at

    • Some bits were also gleaned from timelines at

    • "2000 Jahre Chronik"
  • "Obsidian"'s home page was invaluable for sorting out various regnal chronologies, especially the Mughal emperors.
  • The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive at

    contains the biographies of many mathematicians and physicists.
  • Malaspina University's site provided an occasional name but I stopped going there after the third or fourth time all of their Javascript crashed my browser.
  • Battles of the Great Northern War 1700-1721 at
  • Polish Renaissance Warfare, 1450-1659
  • Great Northern War at Acedia Press:

  • Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth at

    provided much useful information on the chronology and significance of the many wars and battles during this period.
  • The Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent

    was the source of many bits of information I could not find anywhere else.  However, it takes a certain...viewpoint... that you have to be aware of while you are reading it.
  • 2000 Jahren Chronik Geshichte at
  • Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Scientific Biography at

    provided the names of many of the scientists in the list.
  • British Civil Wars, Commonwealth, and Protectorate 1638-60
  • Xrefer, a compendium of online resource books at
    Among the books referenced there are:
    • The Oxford Companion to English Literature, © Margaret Drabble and Oxford University Press 1995
    • The Oxford Dictionary of Music, © Oxford University Press 1994
    • The Oxford Dictionary of Art
    • Bloomsbury Guide to Art, ed. by Shearer West, © Bloomsbury 1996
    Update, December 2002: Xrefer has announced that it will be dropping all of the Oxford dictionaries as of February 2003.
  • And of course, there is no way to avoid the vast amount of information at Encyclopedia Britannica Online,