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Captain's Log Entry 2: Britain and France

Posted February 13th, 2017 at 05:33 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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The Tour de Nesle Affair and its Consequences

Posted May 17th, 2016 at 07:54 PM by kdbooklover16 (The Glory of Days Past)

King Philip IV, also known as Philip the Fair, had three sons, and a daughter named Isabella. Their names were Louis, Philip, and Charles in that order. All of them made good marriages as befitting their station. Louis married Marguerite of Burgundy and Philip married Jeanne of Burgundy. Charles married Jeanne’s sister, Blanche of Burgundy. The two sister’s were Marguerite’s cousin, so they were all related in one way or the other. Isabella married Edward II of England. The tale of that marriage...
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The Glamorous and Tragic Life of Marie Antoinette

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 06:11 PM by Axel
Updated November 26th, 2013 at 03:29 PM by Axel

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Collage entitled "Chic Queen Faces the Guillotine" by author. The collage image to the right is a sketch of Marie Antoinette by Jacques David, as she road to her public execution in 1793, not yet 38 years old.

Marie Antoinette was the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy,...
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Happy Birthday, Marie Antoinette!

Posted November 2nd, 2013 at 11:33 AM by Axel
Updated November 2nd, 2013 at 12:01 PM by Axel

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In honor of her birthday, I post below a close up of Marie Antoinette from the above portrait of the Queen in blue velvet by Vigee LeBrun in 1788.


Below is a further image from that portrait. It was the last portrait of the Queen in life by Vigee LeBrun....
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New Imperialism and how it Contributed to the Origins of WWI

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 08:38 PM by jttwong

Personally speaking, I have always believed that New Imperialism played a large role in the origins of WWI. It created tensions amongst the European powers that was just shimmer under the surface. Because of this, when looking at the origins of the Great War, it would unwise to neglect new imperialism’s impact

(Disclaimer: this article purely focuses on the political causes of the First World War without mention of the ideological causes such as nationalism)

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