Les Sans-Culottes: Marat’s Heart and Soul of the French Revolution

Sans-Culottes

The sans-culottes, the name for the commoners that fought against the monarchy during the rebellion, were arguably the heart and soul of the French Revolution.  With their name derived from their choice in apparel — loose fitting pantaloons, wooden shoes, and red liberty caps — they were workers, artisans, and shopkeepers; patriotic, uncompromising, egalitarian, and, …

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Seize the Fort: The Storming of the Bastille

Seize the Fort: The Storming of the Bastille 1

Perhaps no incident is more famous in French history than that of the Storming of the Bastille. It marked the beginning of a tumultuous time for France, a time where the very notion of the Divine Monarchy was overthrown and the bloody French Revolution would begin. In the late 1700s, the political state of France …

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Digging into Hopelessness: The Battle of Stalingrad

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The year was 1942. Germany had boldly declared war against the Soviet Union in a mad bid to seize control of Russian territory. Once allies, Hitler and Stalin now found themselves on opposite sides of the battlefield and the fighting was going to be brutal. Germany had made some crucial victories already, seizing territory and …

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Accidental Freedom: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Those words were uttered by Ronald Reagan in 1987, pleading for the destruction of the Berlin Wall. The wall, although merely 12 feet tall in height, was symbolic of the serious ideological divide between East Germany and West Germany. On the Eastern side, there was Soviet occupation and the …

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The Crimean Khanate and the Great Power Struggle for the Ukraine in the 17th Century

The Crimean Khanate and the Great Power Struggle for the Ukraine in the 17th Century 4

The recent annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation should remind us of the competing and complicated claims of legitimacy over this tiny black sea territory, in this case between Ukraine and Russia. However, it would be a mistake to analyze Russia’s territorial ambitions as an isolated action, indeed quite the opposite. The Crimean …

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Dangerous Liaisons: How 18th Century France Made The Modern Media Circus

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Anyone who has lived through the past 30 years knows, without doubt, that this is the technological age and that the media and Silicon Valley has it’s claws on the pulse of this generation and all that are to follow. We are the information age, and what is to come will undoubtedly be heavily influenced …

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