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Captain's Log Entry 4: Crisis

Posted May 23rd, 2017 at 01:29 AM by Junius

As I mentioned in my last post, by 1761, Britain was easily the foremost European power in India. While the Treaty of Paris returned France's Indian possessions to her, she was not allowed to rebuild the fortifications in Pondicherry and Chandranagar destroyed by the British. The French were forced to give up the game for the time being.

On the other side of the English Channel, Britain was also reeling from the effects of the Seven Year's War. Annual expenditure had more than doubled...
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The Siege of Malta

Posted May 4th, 2017 at 05:46 AM by AlpinLuke

PART I - the scenario


From the diary of Francesco Baldi da Correggio [Spanish troops garrison. St. Michele fortified point, 1565, Isle of Malta].

- my translation –

“It 'pleased God that this year, when the Order of St John was under the governance of the brave and devoted Grand Master Jean de La Valette, the Sultan Suleiman felt useful to attack the Order. Being furious because of the great damage inflicted on land and sea by the...
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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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