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Gala of the Knight, Blazon of the Champion by Ibn Hudayl

Gala of the Knight, Blazon of the champion Edition in Spanish by Maria Jesus Viguera, English translation by Nicholas Petrou. Gala of the Knight, Blazon of the Champion is a Furusiya (literally translated to “horsemanship”) treatise written by Abu-I-Hassan Ali ibn Abd-ar-Rahman al-Farazi al-Andalus, more famously known as Ibn Hudayl, in 1392. The Treatise can… Continue reading Gala of the Knight, Blazon of the Champion by Ibn Hudayl

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The Byzantine Army at War until 1054: A summary

Relatively little has been discussed in relation to the Byzantine army. It is only recently that finds and historical academia have begun to put together a more coherent image of the Byzantine Army by analysing its tactics and formations.  This article will effectively outline the way the Byzantine army operated during its existence in brief… Continue reading The Byzantine Army at War until 1054: A summary

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Did we do a good job in Afghanistan?

So Nato forces are officially out of Afghanistan after ten years. A lot of people ask "was it worth it in the long run?" and though I can't provide a definitive answer, a comparison to provide some perspective might bring some insight. In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and occupied it for 10 years… Continue reading Did we do a good job in Afghanistan?

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Surrender in the British Expeditionary Force during August 1914

In the hot summer of August 1914, the British Army was in retreat. Against a German army group twice its size, it desperately struggled to fall back. Since the end of the First World War, it has been popularized that the British Army managed to escape through superior quality of its men and training. This… Continue reading Surrender in the British Expeditionary Force during August 1914

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What was the role of provincial governors, during the Late Republican period, and to what extent was this position specialised militarily?

Introduction In the Late Republic, the relationship between military and political roles was often a common theme. The dissertation will argue that this theme was a defining role for provincial governors, which enabled them to gain both the allegiance of their men and political influence. The dissertation will be split into three sections. Part one,… Continue reading What was the role of provincial governors, during the Late Republican period, and to what extent was this position specialised militarily?

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What are the core causes and outcomes of the Great Depression?

The following essay attempts to analyse the causes and effects of the Great Depression. The essay will be split into two parts. The part Causes, will sketches the economic, political and international reasons for the Great Depression. Outcomes, will illustrate the drastic changes the Great Depression brought to both American society and the rest of… Continue reading What are the core causes and outcomes of the Great Depression?

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The Romans: The surprising similarities underneath conventional knowledge

“What have the Romans ever done for us?”, a typical quote used today to signify Rome’s achievement’s as late antiquity’s great power. Conventionally underlined are stories of grand extravagance, triumphs, aqueducts and other projects. This is just the tip of the ice berg and is something which is not new by any respect to public… Continue reading The Romans: The surprising similarities underneath conventional knowledge