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Review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Posted December 26th, 2017 at 06:44 AM by Viperlord (Viperlord's History Blog)

I have written one long movie review before, for The Battle of the Five Armies, and prefaced it by stating I was an unabashed fanboy of Lord of the Rings, both Tolkienís work and Peter Jacksonís adaptation. I issue much the same warning here; I have been a Star Wars fan since I was a child, I have seen every Star Wars film, played numerous Star Wars games, read much of the Star Wars Expanded Universe (when that was a thing), and viewed some of the television series spawned by the movies. As with...
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John Gibbon and Strategy

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 07:57 PM by Viperlord (Viperlord's History Blog)

John Gibbon, a North Carolinian West Pointer who remained loyal to the Union and very ably led troops throughout the war, is one of my favorite figures of the American Civil War. He is not someone I ever talk about in relation to strategy, because he spent most of the war as a division commander, briefly attaining corps command at the end, and early on of course, forging and leading the famed Iron Brigade. Consequently, I was pleased to come across a campaign plan proposed by none other than John...
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Still Learning

Posted October 20th, 2016 at 04:58 PM by Viperlord (Viperlord's History Blog)

Partly out of idle curiosity, partly because it might inform my next major post on Ulysses S. Grant when that happens, I was going through the Official Records. Particularly, I was going through correspondence in early 1864, curious to see some of the process of Grant planning and evolving his 1864 strategy. In my recent post on Grant of course, I consequently talked about Grant's three pronged-attack in Virginia, featuring George Meade, Benjamin Butler, and Franz Sigel as the principal commanders,...
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If It Takes All Summer: The Strategy of Ulysses S. Grant in 1864

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 05:26 AM by Viperlord (Viperlord's History Blog)
Updated September 21st, 2016 at 06:58 AM by Viperlord

As 1864 dawned, the Civil War seemed to still very much hang in the balance. Despite Ulysses S. Grant's decisive victory at Chattanooga, a Confederate army still guarded Northern Georgia, Kirby Smith's virtually independent Confederate department of the Trans-Mississippi still stood, and most importantly of all, Virginia, the heart of the Confederacy, still held firm against the Union's Army of the Potomac. Virginia had proved to be a vexing problem for Union generals, planners,...
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Senior Thesis: The Safavid Transformation

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 10:22 AM by Viperlord (Viperlord's History Blog)

So, last year I wrote my senior undergraduate thesis, which was essentially an extension of a previous paper I wrote on the Safavid Empire, the dynasty that ruled Persia between 1501-1722. The paper largely focuses on the Safavids between 1335-1501, and is essentially a political and religious history of Persia during that period. Here is the link to the full paper, and the introduction is pasted below, if anyone wants to read that before committing to read 40+ pages.

https://www.academia.edu/19584308/Th...Century_Persia...
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