April 2018

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    The Appian Way, Via Appia, is a wonder to the world. Itself it stretches just short of 40 miles. But it was the road that began the first official universal transportation system in antiquity.   It connected Britain to Mesopotamia, from the Danube to Gibraltar and from the Alps to northern Africa. It was […]

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Napoleon and the Mameluks

by Daniel Russ on April 12, 2018

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    May 19th, 1798, 16,000 seamen, 38,000 combat troops, all packed on 13 ships of the line, 42 frigates, 160 support ships, and none of them know where the Hell they are headed. It was his fiercely charismatic personality that made this possible in the age of Napoleon.  Most people would wonder why the […]

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Native Americans Also Invaded The New World.

April 8, 2018
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  Belly Bears, Arikara Chief History is so fascinating to me because it does repeat itself. And it reveals hypocrisy, extraneous worry, and prejudice. What history really reveals is our blindness to the truth, and our predilection for bundling the events of the past into an ideological framework. Beginning in the last three quarters of […]

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The Fall And Rise of Ulysses S. Grant.

April 3, 2018
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    When South Carolina began the uprising against the United States, the fervor for war was also burning effulgent. One of the amazing insights gleaned from From Ron Chernow’s book about Ulysses Grant is that the war began as a political topic engaged by people all over the country in taverns and at work […]

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