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Captain's Log Entry 3: The Carnatic Wars

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 10:52 AM by Junius

The Anglo-French struggle for mastery in India during the Seven Year’s War differed vastly from those in other theaters in one crucial respect- the British and French governments were not the primary belligerents. Those roles fell on their respective East India Companies, which were allied and somewhat dependent but quite separate entities.

While the Compagnie des Indes was from inception almost an offshoot of the government, its English counterpart was emphatically not. The Company...
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Captain's Log Entry 1: An Anglo-German Alliance

Posted February 13th, 2017 at 01:15 AM by Junius

This article covers the time period from 1890 until about 1914. It highlights the main reasons why an alliance between Britain and Germany did not take place and how such an alliance could have changed the course of world history and politics. In my mind, it proved impossible to marry the surprisingly convergent interests of Britain and Germany due to the following factors:

1. The German Navy- Wilhelm may have had sound strategic reasons to establish a navy (such as Germany's huge...
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Metternich, Tsar Alexander and the Polish Question

Posted January 21st, 2017 at 03:41 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated February 22nd, 2017 at 03:36 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga

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Napoleon and Alexander in Tilsit after the former's victory against the latter in 1807, leading to the Tilsit Treaties

In 1812 Metternich was not eager to displease Napoleon. He believed that France and Poland would be more than enough to crush the Russians. However...
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Wars of the Ottomans and Safavids

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 04:11 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated January 21st, 2017 at 10:58 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga

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The conflicts between the Ottoman and Safavid empires, as well as their successor dynasty the Afshars, lasted from 1514 until 1747. These series of wars were the result of expansionism and the desire for control of the Middle East by both sides, specifically the threat that the Safavids posed to Ottoman territory. The Ottoman-Safavid Wars were also waged as a continuation of the...
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Sources on the Ottoman and Safavid Wars

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 03:17 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated January 20th, 2017 at 04:02 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga

-Michael Axworthy. A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind. Basic Books, 2008.

-Michael Axworthy. The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah. IB Tauris, 2006.
A study of the collapse of the Safavid state in the 18th century. The text goes into detail about the invasion of Shia Iran by the Sunni Ottomans and Afghans as well as their defeats by Nader. This was the last true confrontation between these two powers for regional hegemony as well as the last attempt to reconcile Sunnism with Shiism....
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