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Captain's Log Entry 5: The Great Game, Chapter 1

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 09:43 AM by Junius

By the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Russia was by far the most dominant land power in Europe. Even as it fought one of its most desperate struggles for survival, Mother Russia had the power to enforce its will in places thousands of miles away from Moscow. Russian forces in the Caucasus enjoyed an astonishing run of success during the 1810's, trouncing the Persians and the Ottomans simultaneously. Hundreds of square miles of territory came under Russian control, and the Tsar looked to solidify...
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Captain's Log Entry 4: Crisis

Posted May 23rd, 2017 at 01:29 AM by Junius
Updated August 11th, 2017 at 08:52 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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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 2: Britain and France

Posted February 13th, 2017 at 04:33 AM by Junius

Perhaps the greatest rivalry of the Modern Era, the Anglo-French rivalry has literally encompassed the entire history of both these nations bar the last hundred years. They fought the famous Hundred Years' War against each other and were bitter antagonists throughout the Middle Ages. This entry, however, focuses primarily on the Long 18th century, from the Glorious Revolution in 1688 until the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 (although the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars shall be saved for a later...
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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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