Mamluk lance work is renowned in a large amount of treatise, the earliest being from Akhi Hizam al-Kuttali, a master lancer in the late 9th Century CE whose work was so vast, it was split into two treatises that these were copied and separated, a lot of the material being copied and formatted in later… Continue reading Mamluk Lance work: Implying Mamluk sword play from two lance treatises
The surge of interest in North African and Mamluk Historical Martial Arts has grown considerably, especially with the translation of the 1470 treatise by an anonymous author. It's difficult to ascertain who exactly this person was but by understanding the historical context surrounding the construction of the treatise, we are able to get an understanding… Continue reading “The Treasure that combines all things”: The 1470 Mamluk Treatise – Context and understanding
A leaf falls into the pond. Splash. The swift wind in the breeze, Weaving in the warm glow. The visions that we immerse ourselves in, We make ourselves to be made of. To go to sleep and never wake up, To wake up having never gone to sleep.
Confidence is a a sparing currency. When it is present, it generates the most valuable and extravagent wealth from people, When it is absent, all are poor and unfortunate. It is common property and belongs to everyone, Yet only few are able to invest it wisely. The rare few of us inherit it from our… Continue reading Confidence
Dear Feminism, You want all of this attention like you care, like you really give it your all in a new and innovative way but instead you've led gender equality into an oppressive monotony. What started the movement was a sense of gross injustice: major female equality; no political power; no equal pay, health care… Continue reading An open letter to feminism
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?
The sound of the flickering light in the room festered until the lamp stabalized. Banging sounded from a nearby echo in a corridor somewhere. It was followed by a louder more imposing smash. It didn't stir any of the soldiers. The remnants of a once strong regiment was now down to 20 men and women.… Continue reading The last stand
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
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?
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?