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day_57: war and the Byzantine Empire

“After the seventh century, Byzantine warfare was primarily defensive. The Byzantine Empire was more interested in protecting its territory than in conquering new lands.”

“For most of its history, Byzantium employed a military strategy that sought to reduce military risk and to keep dangerous gambles to a minimum. 137 more words


July 1, 1997:

OVER a century and a half of British rule comes to an end, on this day in 1997 Hong Kong is returned to Chinese rule. In 1839, Britain invaded China to crush opposition to its interference in the country’s economic, social, and political affairs. 252 more words

English History

A Hundred Summers

Summer should be spent with books that are fun, but not all summer books are created equally.  Luckily I had this recommendation from my friend E.  109 more words


29 of June 1807 Battle of Athos #Onthisday

29 of June 1807 Russo-Turkish War a Admiral of Russia Dmitry Senyavin Destroys the Ottoman fleet in the battle of Athos.


Groovy Quote of the Day (Napoleon Bonaparte)

Napoleon Bonaparte was born in the year of 15 of august 1769 and died on may 5 1821 , he was a french military and political leader which rose through the ranks and prominence through the french revolution and the associated wars. 41 more words


Thinking Aloud: "Midnight at the Pera Palace," The Book

June 27, 2015 by Darius 

I recently read Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Georgetown University history professor Charles King.  King tells the story of Istanbul, and by extension Turkey, through the first half of the 20th century, using a famous Istanbul hotel, the Pera Palace, as a focus point. 309 more words

Thinking Aloud

Conrad Black: Happy birthday, Canada

As we observe the 148th anniversary of Confederation, there are a few facts civic-minded Canadians should remember.

However humdrum it may seem at times, this system has served us well and there have been fewer than 100 deaths in that time from political disputes, an astonishingly peaceable history. 1,627 more words

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