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Obama, Putin and Ukraine: No Charge of the Light Brigade But A Big Unnecessary Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Even though Putin lectured Obama at length, after forcing him to come to his dacha outside Moscow, about Russia's concerns, with a very special emphasis on Ukraine, the reality that the administration had to deal not with a nice ally and potential buddy but a tough guy with very clearly defined limits did not sink in.

Public Education in France -- A Farce of Napoleonic Proportions

Andrea Pennington, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Andrea Pennington, M.D.

Well how can anyone succeed with no confidence? How can one gain confidence when the system beats it out of you?

When in Doubt, Blame It on Napoléon

Layla Demay | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Layla Demay

Why exactly do you hate Napoléon? At this point, for anything and everything. But let me be more specific. I can tell you that Napoléon is responsible for all the affliction, torment and suffering of today's world.

Copy Of Napoleon's Will Up For Auction

AP | THOMAS ADAMSON | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

PARIS — PARIS (AP) — The frail Napoleon knew he was near his end as he penned his will, a document that requested his ashes be scattered along...

The Machine and The Ghost: Interview with John J O'Connor

Ridley Howard | Posted 10.25.2013 | Arts
Ridley Howard

John has shown extensively in the US and abroad, and is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum, MOMA, and the New Museum, NY. He is currently included in Classless Society at the Tang Museum.

Sex, Lust, Romance and Foreign Policy

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

The impact of romance on international affairs could never have been more evident than during the Congress of Vienna in 1814/15, an episode still hailed as one of the most important diplomatic events in modern history.

Why Candidates for Detroit City Council and Mayor Need an Education Policy

Dan Varner | Posted 10.16.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

If we demand that they help us improve the quality of the education being offered our children, they will have no choice but to listen.

Napoleon's Ruthless Career Advice

William Dietrich | Posted 09.28.2013 | Business
William Dietrich

Few have risen as high and fallen as hard as Napoleon Bonaparte, who could have written a good book of cutthroat career advice. Here's what he might tell a business school.

Russia Is a Proud and Powerful Country

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Alison Winfield Burns

Tweeting melodiously, Alexei Pushkov, of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's lower house of parliament, lets fly an observation: "He can't live ...

Napoleon Has Succeeded, the Great Moment Has Arrived: Egypt, July 3, 2013

Robert Eisenman | Posted 09.05.2013 | World
Robert Eisenman

No one -- not even The Muslim Brotherhood -- and certainly probably none of the other Islamic powers of the region, Sunni or Shi'ite, expected to see what we are seeing now on the streets of Cairo and saw there in "The Arab Spring" a year and a half previously.

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...