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Jan.26.2012
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A sans-culotte of the French Revolution Until the end of the 18th century, the upper and nascent middle classes wore knee breeches which derived their name, culottes, from the French term for short pants that tapered and ended at the knee. Silk stockings covered the rest of the leg. Any full-length portrait of our Founding Fathers depicts a bunch of...
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Jan.25.2012
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                      A pink triangle denoted gay inmates of concentration camps and singled them out for the most brutal treatment. The 1997 film Bent dramatized the life and death of gay victims of the Holocaust. Half of Nazi Germany’s Jews escaped the...
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Jan.24.2012
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During two Opium Wars fought between Britain and China, Chinese troops were so stoned that the British sometimes suffered no casualties. If Cheech & Chong ever make an historical epic, they might consider the wars fought over the opium trade in China. The 19th Century Narco-traffickers of Britain The 8th Lord Elgin, the British ambassador to China during...
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Jan.23.2012
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Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pius XII, age 6 Jews and gentiles alike have criticized the Catholic Church, in particular its head at the time, Pope Pius XII, for not being more proactive in opposing Nazi atrocities before and during World War II. According to the late William F. Buckley, Jr., a devout Irish-Catholic and conservative pundit, Catholic-bashing is the...
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Jan.21.2012
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  Like the boy in this 1938 photo, the young Hitler often sat next to the family doctor, Eduard Bloch (center), in his office. From the beginning of his political career, Adolf Hitler promised to make Europe Judenrein (“Jew free”) and almost succeeded. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, there were more than 500,000 Jews in Germany. By the end of World War...
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Jan.19.2012
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The Dowager Empress Cixi (1835-1908) Cixi (pronounced “sushi"), who reigned from 1861 to 1908, deserves a reassessment after a century of vilification as a megalomaniacal murderer and sexual predator.  Evidence that history has given her a bad rap and an undeserved rep emerges after skimming biographies of the empress by typing the key words “opium...
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Jan.18.2012
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Why did this man commit suicide? Bruno Bettelheim was a world-famous child psychologist when he took his life in 1990 at the age of 86. After his death, accusations by former patients may explain his suicide. Early obituaries of the Austrian immigrant read like hagiographies, Medieval chronicles collectively known as Lives of the Saints. The headline of a 1967...
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Jan.15.2012
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Napoleon sold the Louisiana Territory (in green) to the United States for $15 million or 3 cents per acre in 1803, doubling the size of the new nation. The United States may actually owe a greater debt to France than France owes us. We saved the French once, by liberating them from Nazi occupation in the glorious summer of 1944, beginning with D-Day in...
Jan.14.2012
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Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte (1763-1844) was an up-from-the-ranks soldier and one of Napoleon’s top generals before he betrayed his sovereign to become King Charles XIV John of Sweden and Norway. The first Bernadotte king had been one of Napoleon’s top generals before he betrayed his former benefactor to keep his crown. In typical Italian fashion, the...
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Jan.13.2012
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Garbo played Countess Maria Waleska (1786-1817) on film. The beautiful Polish aristocrat gave in to Napoléon’s romantic overtures in the vain hope that he would restore her nation’s independence. The teen bride of a 72-year-old aristocrat was persuaded by Polish nationalists, including her husband, to indulge Napoléon’s obsessive attraction to her. The French...