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  1. Your 2 meaty posts together rival or surpass my essay in word count. I'll find some time later to properly digest your points. I find the mass movements of the 20th century with their religious aspects, fascinating. Each of them blossomed into a tyranny of frustrated intellectuals (and artists), from the leaders down. The Nazi and Soviet governments were paradises of clerks. The same could be said of early Christianity.
  2. For most people, Napoleon and his hat are one. No symbol ever so completely represented a historical character. Fully conscious of the force of this symbolism, Bonaparte made it part of his image early on in the Consulate. He chose two military uniforms, one of the Grenadiers à pied and the other of the Chasseurs à cheval of the Garde, but the way he wore his hat was entirely his own. Whilst most of his officers wore their hats “en colonne”, that is, perpendicular to the shoulders, Napoleon wore his “en bataille”, that is, with the corns parallel to shoulders. His simple and sober outfit contr
  3. Christie's London has recently offered one of Napoleon's bicorne hats (above). Price: 500,000 pounds. It's said that he normally bought dark green velvet hats, specially made, from Poupart & Cie, Paris. He detested those off the production line and assigned valets the task of breaking them in. The dimensions suggest that despite his short stature the Emperor owned an unusually large head. The convention of the time was to wear these hats with their corners pointed forward and back, a la the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon wore his sideways allegedly to render his figure instantly identif
  4. Um... Expand? The following paragraph somewhat modifies those assertions.
  5. The often attached criticism that communist movements are inherently violent disregards that developing nations are often violent places, and it ignores the violence the Liberal Democracies inflicted upon South America or Africa for centuries through their own colonialist and imperialist policies whether directly or indirectly. While if the system that Lenin established does not invariably result in massacres it certainly seems to make it relatively easy for such excesses to occur. Ostensibly Lenin spent his entire life in an attempt to eliminate oppression, but the net result of his- an
  6. An interesting historical sidebar: in 1873 Karl Marx sent Charles Darwin a personally inscribed copy of the recently published second edition of Das Kapital. The father of natural selection responded: Dear Sir:I thank you for the honour which you have done me by sending me your great work on Capital; & I heartily wish that I was more worthy to receive it, by understanding more of the deep and important subject of political Economy. Though our studies have been so different, I believe that we both earnestly desire the extension of Knowledge, & that this is in the long run sure to a
  7. Last year marked the 200th birthday of Karl Marx who was born on the 5th of May 1818. The occasion was celebrated by the Financial Times, the Economist and the NY Times which published an article headlined 'Happy Birthday Karl Marx, you were right'. (1) The Chinese government financed a statue of the philosopher in his hometown of Trier, Germany. Will the originator of ‘scientific socialism’ continue to be a world-altering figure? Who was Karl Marx? Will his legacy endure? THE MAN The father of Marx was a lawyer and a man of the Enlightenment who idolized Kant and Voltaire. B
  8. The second half of 1802 found Thomas Jefferson's ship of state on cruise control; the president's navy was getting the better of the Barbary pirates, a peace treaty between France and England opened Caribbean ports to US commerce, and West Point was established. Aside from the ominous federal debt, a strong case for optimism could be made; the bitterly contested election of 1800 with John Adams was receding from memory. In the September 1 issue of the Richmond Recorder James Callender, a Scottish immigrant and notorious scandalmonger reported that the president of the United States owned
  9. Gandhi's tactics can only work within the framework of a shaken culture, for example, the crisis of confidence in the United States's that followed the evident failure in Vietnam. Any British viceroy would have made quick work of Gandhi in the 19th Century. What did you make off the other three subjects? This essay probably doesn't belong here, but what the hey.
  10. (This essay was originally published on the History Community site) We're all aware of great achievers in the past who were celebrated during their lifetimes and beyond; many of their accomplishments resonate today. But fame doesn’t invariably equal influence; the impact of a man’s (or woman’s) life’s work may prove ephemeral, failing the test of time, or judged somewhat overblown by succeeding generations. This essay proposes that each of the four well-known individuals presented here were, in the long term, not as consequential as their contemporaries anticipated. Of course, thes
  11. View from Chartwell, Winston Churchill Not too many 'heads' in his artwork, either. Comparing the Paintings of Churchill and Hitler: https://militaryhistorynow.com/2016/09/16/battle-of-the-brushes-comparing-the-paintings-of-churchill-and-hitler/
  12. Judging by the links above, Hitler wins on precise composition but Churchill's oils surpass his in warmth. Anyone notice in the painting above the linebacker-size of Mary's hand? Also the red-headed Jesus.
  13. If he had more formal education would he have been so successful at first and, in the end, so catastrophic.? I don't claim to know. He, like Stalin, did possess a shrewd grasp of human nature an asset that got him as far as he did. Both dictators were brutalized by alcoholic fathers at a tender age. From a previous essay of mine (don't have the links for the quotes at hand): Stalin's mother's (Keke) memoirs, were released from a secret Soviet archive, in it, she detailed how a series of illnesses and accidents left "Soso" - her nickname for Josef - partially crippled, and how he cop
  14. All my life I have wanted to be a great painter in oils. ... As soon as I have carried out my program for Germany, I shall take up painting. I feel that I have it in my soul to become one of the great artists of the age and that future historians will remember me not for what I have done for Germany, but for my art. History has littered us with failed artists turned successful demagogues and tyrants; Stalin was a frustrated poet, Napoleon and Mussolini frustrated novelists. It appears creating art, great art requires all-consuming devotion; its practitioners aspire to leave an indelible m
  15. It's good for you, sburke, like spinach or push-ups. Keeps your mind off Area Fire, the limitations of US mortars and the tragic absence of 8.8 cm Raketenwerfers in CMRT. Just trying to diversify the content here.
  16. -Pasteur’s microscope Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word. The French chemist and biologist Louis Pasteur is generally acknowledged to be the most important single figure in the history of medicine. Pasteur revolutionized chemistry and biology with his discovery of mirror-image organic molecules then founded microbiology with his work on fermentation. The process he invented to stop foodstuffs going bad, Pasteurization, is still in use worldwide. He made many other contributions to science, but he is most renowned for his advocacy of the germ theory of disease a
  17. Thanks, JK, long time no see. This was one of my non-political articles submitted on Channel Z. Don't know what happened to the font here. I felt that a mere list of famous people lacked a certain je ne sais quoi; the Tragic Element was mandatory.
  18. THE PAPER MAKER Cai Lun, the inventor of paper, is little known outside of China his name rarely appears in standard Western history textbooks. Until recently, many scholars believed he was an apocryphal figure. However, research makes it clear that Cai Lun was a real man, an official in the Chinese imperial court who, at the dawn of the 2nd century, presented the Emperor with samples of paper. Cai Lun’s name appears in the official history of the Han dynasty and the relevant entry documenting his invention is unambiguous. We’re told he was a eunuch. -In 105AD Cai Lun submitted to the em
  19. The battles in Berlin and Stalingrad will, imo, be better depicted once BF refines city fighting, namely more plausible building destruction and spreading flames. The long held desideratum for 'fire', that was present in CM1 in a rough and ready manner, might be held up by the challenges imposed by the more detailed CM2 engine. We know they 'want to do it'. One suspects that the latter may, in addition to coding complexities, inflict severe strains on sub-state-of-the-art PCs. And, o/t, Kursk risks being a chore given the vast Soviet defensive works. The Germans had telegraphed their
  20. Right... $10 dollars down the evacuation pipe. Life goes on with us or without us.
  21. I think I see the problem. One of the scenarios is indeed available. It seems the others require the Vehicle Pack, a $20 add-on that on release I found superfluous (YMMV) being a fan but not no longer a hardcore one. May be a case of age creep. The labor and organizational skills required to re-install BF products makes one think of the onerous procedures to acquire a taxi license in the former Soviet Union. But we live in the age of piracy so I hesitate to judge.
  22. I thought I did. The BP icon shows up in game. But the battles are still grayed out.
  23. Downloaded and installed the BP but the new scenarios are grayed out. ???
  24. That excerpt implies that troops were indeed commonly transported on tanks, at least to the staging area. Oh, and welcome to the forum.
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