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Metternich, Tsar Alexander and the Polish Question

Posted January 21st, 2017 at 04:41 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated January 31st, 2017 at 07:09 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 05:11 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated January 21st, 2017 at 11:58 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 04:17 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated January 20th, 2017 at 05:02 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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Primary Source: Ammianus Marcellinus on the Huns

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 12:26 AM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
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The document on the Huns is from Ammianus Marcellinusí book called Res Gestae. Ammianus Marcellinus wrote his work during the late 300s of the Common Era as a history of the Roman Empire from the reign of the Emperor Nerva until the end of Emperor Valensí reign; a period spanning from 96 to 378 AD. The historical context of Ammianusí document lies in his writing a history of the Roman Empire. Ammianus started his...
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Napoleon's Army Commanders

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 05:57 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated January 20th, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Lord Oda Nobunaga

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The highest rank within the Grand Armee was the General de Division (something that would not change until the First World War) and the highest command...
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