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Ulysses S. Grant: The Butcher? Part II

Posted March 20th, 2013 at 03:48 PM by Viperlord (Viperlord's History Blog)
Updated March 21st, 2013 at 03:43 PM by Viperlord

Because of the timidity of the front-line commander at Petersburg, Baldy Smith, the war did not end right then and there in 1864. But nevertheless, Grant placed Lee in a siege that the Rebel general could never win, which Lee himself dreaded above all else, and effectively neutralized him as a serious offensive threat.
The Overland Campaign cost about 55,000 Union casualties, and 33-34,000 for the Confederates under Lee. The casualty numbers were grim, certainly, and raised some disquiet
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Jack the Ripper : The Art of Conspiracy

Posted May 17th, 2012 at 08:04 AM by Jackdaw 1888
Updated December 21st, 2016 at 10:59 AM by Jackdaw 1888

Many moons have passed since the Autumn of 1888 and the mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper.
Many suspects have been put forward as to being the Whitechapel murderer.
However, amongst the numerous theories, possibilities and speculation lies a conspiracy, -‘The Royal Conspiracy’
Over 123 years later, Scotland Yard still fights in the law courts to deny the public access to certain files? …….. I wonder why?
Some say that the artist, Walter Sickert, left clues linked to...
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Heroes and Villains

Posted December 30th, 2010 at 04:23 PM by leakbrewergator

I'm taking an idea from Anthony Bourdain here. In his book, Medium Raw, Bourdain has a chapter entitled Heroes and Villains. Basically, he runs down a list of all the people that he feels are good for the food industry as well as all the ones that he feels are not so good for the industry.

Below, I have listed 5 Heroes and 5 Villains of Japanese Historical Study. The Heroes are people that I have great admiration for and I feel they have done a great deal to better the field....
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Book Review: Japan's Medieval Population

Posted January 3rd, 2011 at 06:12 PM by leakbrewergator
Updated April 30th, 2011 at 06:05 AM by leakbrewergator

Well, I figured I would start sharing my thoughts on some of the books I've read recently. First up:

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Wow. That's all I can say about the stunning amount of stats and figures that William Wayne Farris manages to stuff into Japan's Medieval Population: Famine, Fertility and Warfare In A Transformative Age (2006).

There are so
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Guatemala's "Spiritual Socialism" - A very brief tale

Posted February 12th, 2011 at 01:40 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated February 20th, 2011 at 06:26 AM by Gile na Gile

The 1944 Guatemalan revolution saw "the little Napoleon of the tropics", Jorge Ubico overthrown amid scenes of jubilation and demands for democratic reforms. Once described by Tomas Borge as "crazier than a half dozen opium smoking frogs" his apparatus of power was dismantled and a new constitution adopted which for the first time extended the suffrage to all adults. Jose Arevalo, a popular teacher among the poor, was returned as the new president with an overwhelming 85% of...
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