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From Colony to Nation: 200 Years of American Painting at the New York Historical Society Museum

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 08.21.2013 | Arts
Alison Winfield Burns

A painting by Edwin White (dated 1861) shows a man in a cabin seated before a fire. Make that lounging in front of a fire. A black kettle sits deep within the hearth, in licking flames of playful oranges and yellows, leaping and glowing. Warm. Inviting. Natural.

Napoleon's Role in Shaping Penang as Key Player in World Trade

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 03.07.2013 | Books
Carolyn O'Donnell

If the British East India Company existed today, it would be a billion-dollar mega-corporation. In 1786 the company wanted a suitable port of "refreshment and repair" along the valuable trade route to China, and the tropical island of Penang.

Napoleon and the Pope

William Dietrich | Posted 04.14.2013 | Books
William Dietrich

Napoleon had a penchant for making the sign of the cross at moments of stress or exasperation. But he was not a churchgoer, and regarded religion as a tool to control the masses, not an answer to life's mysteries. He also regarded papal approval as necessary for his own legitimacy.

Napoleon and the Super Bowl

William Dietrich | Posted 04.04.2013 | Books
William Dietrich

Napoleon Bonaparte wasn't much of a couch potato, but he probably would have watched the Superbowl. Football is our sport closest to early 19th century war.

Rare Napoleon Artifact Sells For Big Bucks At Auction

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2013 | Money

PARIS, Dec 3 (Reuters) - A rare letter in which French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte vowed to "blow up the Kremlin" fetched 10 times more than expected...

What Does the Upcoming Stanley Kubrick Exhibition Have to Do With U.S. Customs?

Susan Michals | Posted 12.24.2012 | Entertainment
Susan Michals

The exhibition has been making the worldwide rounds, from Rome to Melbourne to Hollywood, and the show is always a variation on a theme (for the most part) with the brother and sister involved every step of the way.

Learning From Experience

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2012 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

During Napoleon's invasion of Russia, the story is told of a certain occasion when his troops were battling in the middle of yet another small town in that endless wintry land.

If Historical Figures Had Posted on Facebook...

John Blumenthal | Posted 10.30.2012 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Napoleon: Hey guys, has anyone ever been to Elba?

Russia's Other Heroes: The Gay Voices of 1812

Kevin Childs | Posted 10.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Kevin Childs

In a week when three members of Pussy Riot, Russian President Vladimir Putin's prime party poopers, have been put on trial in Moscow accused of "hooliganism" in an Orthodox church (they sang a "punk" prayer!!!), Russian "queer" politics may have stumbled on its own 1812 moment.

Rare Napoleon Letter In English Nets Whopping Sum

AP | THOMAS ADAMSON | Posted 08.10.2012 | World

FONTAINEBLEAU, France — An illuminating letter written by Napoleon in English, sold at auction Sunday for (EURO)325,000 ($405,000), offers a win...

Napoleon Letter In English Up For Auction

Posted 06.06.2012 | World

Though one of the most successful military leaders in history, Napoleon Bonaparte encountered a foe no army could help him overcome in his later years...

The Battle Hymns of the Republic

George Heymont | Posted 06.02.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

During the final 20 minutes of silent film Napoleon, theatre's organ joined forces with the Oakland East Bay Symphony to acoustically anchor an unforgettable cinematic experience.

Napoleonic War Versus the Afghanistan Grind

William Dietrich | Posted 05.21.2012 | Books
William Dietrich

One of the challenges when writing historical fiction is imagining physical and social conditions very different than our own. My Ethan Gage novels take place during the Napoleonic Wars. Did combat of that time produce Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Napoleonland And Other Weird Theme Parks | Posted 04.17.2012 | Weird News

It's been 200 years since Napoleon ravaged Europe in the name of French nationalism, so maybe it's time to put aside the differences over all that war...

French Plan Napoleon Theme Park

Posted 01.20.2012 | Travel

Allons enfants de la Patrie...and head on down to Napoleonland! A Napoleon-themed amusement park is being planned for just south of Paris, and is bein...

'Storage Wars' Big Score

Posted 02.13.2012 | TV

Buying storage units is a gamble, and like any form of gambling, there's a euphoric rush when that big payoff comes. "Storage Wars" (Tue., 10PM ET on ...

Oscar-Winner Kevin Brownlow Continues His Labour on Behalf of Cinema's Past

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 02.01.2012 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

In the history of film, Kevin Brownlow is unique. The British documentary filmmaker, preservationist and author is the first and only film historian to have won an Academy Award.

Saint Helena, Island Where Napoleon Died, To Get Airport

Posted 01.03.2012 | Travel

Saint Helena, a remote U.K.-owned island in the southern Atlantic, is finally getting an airport. The island, which was home to Napoleon until his ...

Was Goya A Traitor To The Spanish Cause?

Posted 11.21.2011 | Arts

A new painting by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya has been discovered underneath his portrait of Judge Don Ramón Satué at the Rijksmuseum in Amste...

Thinking About War and Peace

Norman MacAfee | Posted 06.13.2011 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

When I first saw Bondarchuk's "War and Peace," in 1968, in New York, it was presented in two parts and ran six hours. You went in the afternoon, broke for dinner, then came back for the rest. It was stupendous.

Propaganda: Art Of Gaddafi, Hussein And Kim Jong Il

BLTWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Gaddafi has posed beneath a giant gold fist in Tripoli, but he's hardly the first dictator to use art to create the illusion of victory. From Ramses I...

Our Coup d' Etat, by Accident

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

If we Americans and our civilian-elected leaders don't come to terms with our over-dependence on the military, we will cede increasing authority to an institution that doesn't want it and should not have it.

Facebook and Goldman Sachs

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

To attach the emergently celebrated name of 'Facebook' to that of a company whose actions at a time when the country needed financial help and vision rather chose to profit heedlessly is profoundly sad.

In France, They Cherish Lunch and Liberte

Matthew Jacob | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Jacob

Both France and the United States celebrate their national holidays in the month of July. Yet that's where the similarities end. As the French prepare...

Google and the Napoleonic Model: Business in Revolutionary Times

Robert Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Greene

Google's culture is focused on the idea that the company is the spearhead of a revolution. This sense of being part of a cause created an extremely motivated workforce, which allows Google to practice a kind of maneuver warfare.