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Pop culture and Egyptology

Posted December 8th, 2017 at 05:47 AM by Shotgunhistory
Updated December 8th, 2017 at 05:50 AM by Shotgunhistory

Made this video, which will be the first in a series on Ancient Egypt.




I realized that Ancient Egypt is still very much a part of our cultural fabric and that even if you think that you are ignorant, you know more than you think. Its Amazing!
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III - Minor casualties and two defeats

Posted December 2nd, 2017 at 10:29 PM by Josefa (Napoleon as a matchmaker)
Updated December 3rd, 2017 at 08:20 AM by Josefa

It may be unfair towards Messieurs Duroc, Rapp and Talleyrand to refer to them as "minor casualties" in Napoleons's war on bachelorhood. But as there's by far less information on their marriages, except that they didn't turn out to be happy, I'll cut these stories short.

Click the image to open in full size. - Géraud (or Gérard) Christophe Michel Duroc may have been the closest thing to an actual friend that Napoleon...
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II - Hortense and Louis

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 03:21 AM by Josefa (Napoleon as a matchmaker)
Updated September 2nd, 2017 at 03:39 AM by Josefa

While Napoleon's first attempt at arranging a political marriage in retrospect can be seen as somewhat successful (particularly by the husband who owed his life to it), the second should have made Napoleon turn away from that business forever. This will be a story about Hortense Beauharnais, daughter of Joséphine, and Napoleon's younger brother Louis.

We have already seen that Napoleon may have had ulterior motives when marrying his aide-de-camp Lavalette to Émilie Beauharnais: Émilie...
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I - Émilie and Lavalette

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 12:24 AM by Josefa (Napoleon as a matchmaker)
Updated September 2nd, 2017 at 03:17 AM by Josefa

Okay, so Napoleon was a general, a politician, a lawmaker, a member of the Académie Française even - but how about his activities as a marriage broker? Napoleon has been known to have arranged several marriages during his lifetime, and I really feel this interesting aspect of his career does not quite get the attention it deserves.

Which of course might be due to the fact that Napoleon was by far more successful in war than in matchmaking. Spanish ulcer and Russian campaign not withstanding....
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What if: Operation Sealion, summary of an exercise held in 1974.

Posted February 25th, 2017 at 06:18 AM by lordroel

What if: Operation Sealion, summary of an exercise held in 1974.


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In 1974 a major wargame conducted at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1974 was held. Its aim was find out what might have happened had Nazi Germany launched Operation Sea Lion, their planned invasion of southeast England during World War II, in September 1940. The wargame was organized by the Daily Telegraph and Dr Paddy...
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