He came dancing across the water… looking for the new world

Monday, 20 February, 2012

The Unconquered World: only a handful of nations across the globe – being China, Thailand, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Bhutan, and Nepal – have evaded occupation by a European power, such as Britain, France, or Portugal.

It’s a contentious topic going by some of the discussion accompanying the article. Here’s a screen size version of the map highlighting unconquered countries.

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A condensed history of Europe spanning the last thousand years

Thursday, 18 November, 2010

Ten centuries of European history inside of a five minute video… from about 1000 CE to the present. While dates are not included, history students should be able to work out the timings going by the changes in the border lines of countries and empires in the region.

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Learning from the longevity of the Byzantine Empire

Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Seven key military strategies that saw the Byzantine – or Eastern Roman – empire stand for over one thousand years (although virtually all territory had been lost prior to 1453), that latter-day superpowers could learn from.

Campaign vigorously, both offensively and defensively, but avoid battles, especially large-scale battles, except in very favorable circumstances. Don’t think like the Romans, who viewed persuasion as just an adjunct to force. Instead, employ force in the smallest possible doses to help persuade the persuadable and harm those not yet amenable to persuasion.

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The forgotten flags of long gone empires and states

Monday, 13 July, 2009

A collection of flags from states or empires that no longer exist.

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