Category Archives: History

Today 51 years ago

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French battlegrounds of various sorts

We have just been off to a couple of the battlefields of France which have great meaning to me. Yesterday it was Azincourt and today Crecy, 1415 and 1346 respectively. Not great successes for the French but the museum at … Continue reading

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2000 years since Augustus Caesar died

Octavian becomes consul. SJ emails to remind us that today 2000 years ago (Australian time*) Augustus Caesar (23 September 63 BC – 19 August 14 AD) passed away. The first and greatest of the Roman emperors. The scene above is … Continue reading

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A victim of tyranny

I hope that one day this photo is as famous as Tank Man.

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Marking the start of World War I

World War I was the most momentous historical event of the past century, having consequences that continue to haunt us still. The collapse of the Ottoman Empire, to take only one example, continues to reverberate through the Middle East with … Continue reading

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100 years on

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War – World War I. It was the great disaster of the 20th century, the one that summoned or forced the disasters that would follow, from Lenin and Hitler … Continue reading

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A bit of weekend news

Today’s main stories at Lucianne.com. It’s a big country but if you’re an American, all of these are coming to get you: In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are The WaPo slides 4 months of … Continue reading

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Today in history

On June 28, 1914, a teenage Serbian nationalist gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, as their motorcade maneuvered through the streets of Sarajevo. Next in line for the Austro-Hungarian throne, Ferdinand had not been particularly well liked … Continue reading

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The maldistribution of common sense

There really is nothing the left can complain about the market economy other than some people are able to earn more than others. Piketty and his Capital in the Twenty-First Century has opened up the latest front in the perennial … Continue reading

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Where has Keynes gone?

The History of Economic Thought conference in Montreal has just ended and, as always, it was wall-to-wall interesting. I have already given a background report on the paper I gave before it was given and I can now report how … Continue reading

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