Daily Archives: June 15, 2013

Bokhara

BOKHARA Former usual spelling of BUKHARA.

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Bohuslån

BOHUSLÅN    Or, Bohus  (lån means district or county).   Swedish district on the shores of the Skaggerak, bordering Norway, and named after a fortress north of Göteborg, built in the reign of Haakon V of Norway (1299-1319). It was once the … Continue reading

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Bohemia-Moravia

BOHEMIA-MORAVIA    PROTEKTORAT BÖHMEN UND MAHREN. Territory subservient to Nazi Germany, 1939-45. In the autumn of 1938 Czechoslovakia lost lands to Germany, Hungary and Poland, and became a loose federation, from which Slovakia seceded on 14th March 1939. President Hacha of … Continue reading

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Bohemia-Moravia

BOHEMIA-MORAVIA    PROTEKTORAT BÖHMEN UND MAHREN. Territory subservient to Nazi Germany, 1939-45. In the autumn of 1938 Czechoslovakia lost lands to Germany, Hungary and Poland, and became a loose federation, from which Slovakia seceded on 14th March 1939. President Hacha of … Continue reading

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Bohemia

BOHEMIA    ÈECHY (Cz); Böhmen (Ger). A region in central Europe; The Kingdom which included that region. The region of Bohemia proper is the west of the present Czech Republic, and lies in the basin of the River Elbe, which, as … Continue reading

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Bogen

BOGEN County in the Holy Roman Empire, named from a town in Bavaria on the left bank of the Danube, between Regensburg and Passau, and a little below Straubing.   The town is now in the Landkreis of Straubing-Bogen in the … Continue reading

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Bogdan

BOGDAN Turkish name of MOLDAVIA.

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Boeotia

BOEOTIA     VOIOTOÍA. District in classical Greece (when its chief town was Thebes) A nome (department) in modern Greece (capital Livadia). Boeotia is the isthmus which lies between the Gulf of Corinth and the Strait of Euboea, and which connects the … Continue reading

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Bobastro

BOBASTRO Castle, now ruined, in the gorge of the River Guadalhorce, in the Serranía de Ronda, a mountainous region in the south of Spain.   It lies northeast of Ronda, WSW of Antequerra and northwest of Málaga. It was the headquarters … Continue reading

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Blois

BLOIS    Blésois or Blaisois (pays). Medieval County in northwestern France;  named after the town on the River Loire below Orléans and above Tours. In the later 9th and 10th centuries Blois belonged to the great March of Neustria, which was … Continue reading

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Blekinge

BLEKINGE County and former province in southern Sweden, on the Baltic coast, capital Karlskrona.   It lies to the northeast of Skåne, the southernmost part of Sweden. For much of the middle ages Blekinge belonged to Denmark.   Turmoil in Denmark in … Continue reading

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Blankenburg(2 ~ southwest of Rudolstadt)

BLANKENBERG(2 ~ southwest of Rudolstadt) A Thuringian town, now Bad Blankenburg, southwest of Rudolstadt, belonging to the Principality of SCHWARZBURG.    One of the principal lines of that House was that of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg, 1275-1583. See also Blankenburg(1 ~ northeastern Harz)

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Blankenburg(1 ~ northeastern Harz)

BLANKENBURG(1 ~ northeastern Harz) A County in the northeastern Harz (the town of Blankenburg is southwest of Halberstadt).   It was closely associated with the County of REGENSTEIN, but in the 17th century it came into the hands of the Dukes of … Continue reading

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Blaisois

BLAISOIS     Or, Blésois The district around BLOIS.

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Blagoevgrad

BLAGOEVGRAD Okrýg (province or district) in southwestern Bulgaria before 1987.   It lay at the western end of the Rhodope Mountains and included part of the valley of the Struma.  It was named after its capital, which had been called Gorna … Continue reading

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