Archive | June 2015

Waterloo schmaterloo

Apparently people have been talking about some big event that happened long ago.

Miscellaneous links illustrating the continued resonance of big battles and larger-than-life personalities:

  • Business Insider photos of Waterloo 2015 reenactment, some 5,000-6,000 strong. But only 170 horse? I thought reenactors were gunning for verisimilitude?
  • New issue of the new British Journal of Military History, an open-access journal (read: free to download PDFs). This issue is dedicated to the Napoleonic wars: Waterloo, Wellington and Women.
  • Waterloo Being Used for Political Purposes I: Is there room for a celebratory Waterloo Euro in the European Union? Numerous accounts about the kerfuffle over France’s veto of a Belgian Waterloo-commemorative euro coin are available online, but this short piece provides a good photo of the custom coin that’s now available.

    And you're complaining about a coin?

    And you’re complaining about a coin?

  • Waterloo Being Used for Political Purposes II: Please don’t go! French op-ed (in English) warning England that a Brexit from the EU would be a reverse Waterloo. Or something.

More substantive posts to come… maybe even one on Waterloo.

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My, my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself

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Archive Lessons Learned

Back from my month in Paris, almost twenty years after my last trip to the SHD war archives at Vincennes. Over the past month I spent 17 days in the archives – four potential research days were wasted because I overestimated how long it would take me to go through the volumes – damn me and my efficiency! Those interested in what I learned (and relearned) can read the Little and Big Pictures below. Read More…

Ad hoc Oudenarde meet up

For those interested, frequent skulker Andy Tumath invites anyone in the area of Oudenarde/Oudenaarde/Audenarde (Belgium) on Friday 19 June for a “battlefield beer.” I won’t be there, since I’ll be flying back to the States this Saturday, wrapping up my month-long research trip (equalling 17 days in the archives). But what’s your excuse?

For anyone in attendance, be sure to buy Andy a beer for his transcription efforts.

You can contact him at http://www.anewhistorypodcast.com/content/portal.php