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Ireland’s Wars: Waterloo

Waterloo is, in my opinion, every bit the great “decisive” battle that it is made out to be. The French Wars had appeared to peter out in 1813 and 1814, as Allied armies overran France and Napoleon’s military found itself … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Napoleon’s Irish Legion

Napoleon Bonaparte was a singular individual, every inch the “great man” who did more than anyone else to inspire that particular approach to history. Having won a serious reputation during many martial exploits, Napoleon seized power in Paris in 1799, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish Against Napoleon

The course of the French Revolutionary Wars and the subsequent Napoleonic Wars bears little going into. Between 1792 and 1815, France fought numerous conflicts against a series of opposing coalitions. What began as a conflict of mere survival for the … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: The Face Of Battle

I recently taught a course on “War and Conflict” at the Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland (CTYI) as part of their Centre for Academic Talent (CAT) program. The two week course was a stimulating and gratifying experience, and I can … Continue reading

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NFBs Decisive Battles Of The World: Waterloo

Just as important and epic as its reputation would indicate. This is going to be long… Name: The Battle of Waterloo, sometimes called the Battle of Mont-Saint-Jean. The War: War of the Seventh Coalition, last of the Napoleonic Wars. When: 18 … Continue reading

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Battles, Battles, Battles

There is a lot of them isn’t there? I’m trying to do what Creasy did and narrow down what I think are the most decisive battles in history. As you can imagine, a lot of problems with that process. Am … Continue reading

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15 Decisive Battles – Really?

I’ve been reading Edward Creasy’s 15 Decisive Battles of the World. It’s one of the big texts, historiographically speaking, one of the pioneering works on battlestudy. It’s laced with subtle racism though, with the author siding towards European victories over other cultures. … Continue reading

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