If you want to understand how Europe really works just remember that when it was first encountered here, syphilis was known as ‘the French disease’ in Italy, Poland and Germany, ‘the Italian disease’ in France, ‘the Spanish disease’ in Poland, ‘the Polish disease’ in Russia and ‘the Christian’ or ‘the Western disease’ in Turkey.
jeannlannes asked: top 5 napoleonic battles!
- Leipzig (I FUCKING LOVE THAT BATTLE, IT’S SO UNDERRATED IT HURTS)
- Krasnoy (for Ney being a total badass)
- Jena-Auerstaedt (Davout owning everybody)
- Kulm (just because my babe Ostermann-Tostoy lost his arm there)
UGH FINALLY SOMEONE GETS IT ABOUT LEIPZIG. SO HARDCORE. SO BADASS. SO COOL
YEAH, IT’S NOT LIKE IT WAS THE BIGGEST BATTLE UNTIL WWI. EVERYBODY CARES ONLY ABOUT WATERLOO, WHICH WAS LIKE A SKIRMISH COMPARED TO IT!
I like to view Waterloo as the TV movie compared to the multi season epic that was the initial run of 1794-1814.
part of my mad intricate plan to have a massive budget extra long game of thrones/hannibal level quality TV show of that span of history invovles this:
1794-1798= seasons 1 and 2
egyptian campaign+ early consulate years: season 3. finale at Marengo
becomes emperor halfway through season 4. pre season finale episode with battle of trafalgar. season finale with austerlitz.
season 5: mixture of massive german battles at friedland, eylau and jena-auerstadt: massive set piece affairs. thousands of extras. towards the middle of the season the peninsular kicks off.
season 6: largely peninsular shit. bernadotte leaves. napoleon remarries. kind of a soap opera season. lots of tantrums. war of fifth coalition starts at seasons end
season 7: war of fifth coalition continued from its start at end of season 6 Russia begins to get significant ( alex will have briefly been around for tilsit in one fo the prior seasons), poland etc. more peninsular stuff too. lots of shooting
season 8: russian invasion. bleak as fuck. very depressing. lots of blood and side character death. ends at borodino
season 9: military collapse and retreat. utterly demoralising. all youyr favourite characters have PTSD or are dead. lots of starving peasants. Wellington is going to town in spain meanwhile. badajoz etc. ( or maybe that in season 8? the timelines have to match!) massive set piece battles in grim frozen wildernesses. lots of french guys getting shot in the iberian peninsular. wellesley is a total bitch to everyone.
season 10: first few episodes are final retreat from russia: the prior seasons finale has left the viewer wondering if Ney is dead. until mid season its a frnatic car chase acrss central europe until… MID SEASON FINALE AT LIEPZIG. HUGE BATTLE THOUSANDS OF EXTRAS. PONIATOWSKI DEAD. LOTS OF TEARS. thousands of fans tear their eyes out on tumblr.
season 10: bonaparte suffering protracted psychological collapse as everyone legs it back to france and the english start moving up in the south. lots of angst and crying. season finale has al your faves getting shot, exiled, held hostage in vienna or haivng their deep seated psychological damage from the russian front being used to manipulate them into betraying the emperor. screen writers get hatemail after murat is shot.
100 DAYS CAMPAIGN 4 HOUR TV MOVIE: all about Ney and his PTSD. poor ney. hugs. he dies at the end and the Marseilles plays mounrfully over the credits which roll up the screen in front of his corpse. everyone cries forever.
im almost serious.
The Hundred Days TV movie would be the death to me.
"screen writers get hatemail after Murat is shot" - that would be me. sorry.
Oh god in a perfect world. Throw in some 2-hour-long Christmas specials such as:
- Wellesley hacking through the jungles of India. Elephants, rookie mistakes, a drunk night in a sari, SERINGAPATAM
- Sir John Moore and his Swedish adventure with mad King Gustav, emphasis on the dramatic escape dressed as a peasant
- The Making of Jean Lannes. Nothing more. Just him. Being devilishly good-looking and fierce
the problem with actually doing this kind of thing right isnt so much the whole thing where you would need THOUSANDS of extras for the battles. Its more that there are SO MANY mid level historical figures we would need to include that we would exhaust the entire reserve of middle aged acting talent in the western world.
a comedy pair of french infantry men who we meet in the first episode and stay along through the entire show as the comic relief with an awesome friendship. they eventually end up in the old guard and in the frist rank over the crest of the ridge at waterloo. guess what happens to them.
DOZENS of awful posh cavalry officers being UTTERLY SHIT at all times and prancing like fools and dueling each other. at least 3 must die per episode. posh cavalry officers are the redshirts of this show. except obviously the redshirts of this show would in fact be the redcoats.
All the marshals being total assholes to each other 24/7
stupid marching song, all the time.
murat fucks dudes.
evayna asked: Abacus watch is cool, but since when is the 17th century 'ancient'?
omg i didn’t read that person’s comment closely enough before reblogging, crolll. 17TH CENTURY IS… NOT ANCIENT. this is like when ppl say the 16th century Maya were an ~ancient civilization.
delibutler asked: I noticed that, amidst your (admittedly interesting) rant, you failed to answer the person's question.
This question, as asked? If you really want a list of people of color “from history” who were neither enslaved nor anyone’s servant…
List of the Monarchs of Hawai’i (with some European Portraits)
The History of Tunisia (Carthage)
Racism and the Rediscovery of Ancient Nubia (“Kush”, from the Christian Bible)
CENTRAL & SOUTH AFRICA
- Answering the Multicultural Imperative: A Course on Race and Ethnicity in Antiquity Author(s): Denise Eileen McCoskey. Source: The Classical World, Vol. 92, No. 6 (Jul. - Aug., 1999), pp. 553-561. Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
- Did Ancient Identity Depend on Ethnicity? A Preliminary Probe
Author(s): Erich Gruen
Source: Phoenix, Vol. 67, No. 1/2 (Spring-Summer/printemps-été 2013), pp. 1-22 Published by: Classical Association of Canada
- Rethinking the Relevance of Race for Early Christian Self-Definition Author(s): Denise Kimber Buell
Source: The Harvard Theological Review, Vol. 94, No. 4 (Oct., 2001), pp. 449-476 Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Harvard Divinity School
- Ethnicity and the Writing of Medieval Scottish History
Author(s): Matthew H. Hammond. Source: The Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 85, No. 219, Part 1 (Apr., 2006), pp. 1-27 Published by: Edinburgh University Press
- Between Hume and Cugoano: Race, Ethnicity and Philosophical Entrapment
Author(s): PAGET HENRY. Source: The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, New Series, Vol. 18, No. 2, Identity and Ethnicity (2004), pp. 129-148. Published by: Penn State University Press
- Narrating the Postcolonial Landscape: Archaeologies of Race at Hadrian’s Wall. Divya P. Tolia-Kelly. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New Series, Vol. 36, No. 1 (January 2011) , pp. 71-88.Published by: Wiley on behalf of The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
- Spanish Studies: Medieval Literature
Author(s): Linde M. Brocato
Source: The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, Vol. 72 (2012 [survey year 2010]), pp. 192-213. Published by: Modern Humanities Research Association
- Barbarian Invasions and the Racialization of Art History. Eric Michaud. OCTOBER 139, Winter; 2012, pp. 59–76. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Medieval Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and the Genealogies of Critique Author(s): Bruce W. Holsinger. Source: Speculum, Vol. 77, No. 4 (Oct., 2002), pp. 1195-1227. Published by: Medieval Academy of America
- Medieval Europeans in America: Latest Findings
Author(s): Marshall Smelser
Source: The History Teacher, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Nov., 1967), pp. 7-15 Published by: Society for History Education
- Criteria of Periodization in the History of European Art. Author(s): Meyer Schapiro, H. W. Janson and E. H. Gombrich.Source: New Literary History, Vol. 1, No. 2, A Symposium on Periods (Winter, 1970), pp. 113- 125. Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
- Bohemianism, the Cultural Turn of the Avantgarde, and Forgetting the Roma. Mike Sell. TDR: The Drama Review, Volume 51, Number 2 (T 194), Summer 2007, pp. 41-59 (Article) Published by The MIT Press.
- The Black Andromeda
Author(s): Elizabeth McGrath
Source: Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Vol. 55 (1992), pp. 1-18 Published by: The Warburg Institute
- A Quest for the Black Knight: Casting People of Color in Arthurian Film and Television. Kathryn Wymer, North Carolina Central University. The Year’s Work in Medievalism, Vol. 27, 2012.
- Edwards, Paul, and James Walvin. “Africans in Britain, 1500-1800." The African Diaspora: Interpretive Essays. Edited by Martin L. Kilson and Robert I. Rotberg. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1976: 173-204.
- Dabydeen, David, ed. The Black Presence in English Literature. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1985.
- Africans and Asians: Historiography and the Long View of Global Interaction Maghan Keita. From: Journal of World History Volume 16, Number 1, March 2005
- The Mabinogion. Translated with an Introduction by Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones. London: Dent, 1957.
- The Meeting of Eastern and Western Art. Michael Sullivan, University of California Press, 1997.
- Morien. Translated from the Medieval Dutch by Jessie L. Weston. London: Nutt, 1901.
- Black Africans in Renaissance Europe. edited by Thomas Foster Earle, K. J. P. Lowe. Cambridge University Press
- Africans in Britain. edited by David Killingray. Routledge University, 2012.
- Shakespeare and Race. Catherine M.S. Alexander and Stanley Wells. University of Cambridge Press, 2000. (link to sample)
- Courtiers and Christians: The First Japanese Emissaries to Europe Judith C. Brown. Renaissance Quarterly Vol. 47, No. 4 (Winter, 1994), pp. 872-906 Published by: The University of Chicago Press.
- Shakespeare’s Colors: Race and Culture in Elizabethan England. James Schultz. Quest January 2002, Vol 5 Issue 1.
- Paper by Georg Bossong evaluating proposals for the etymology of “al-Andalus”. In German.
- Photocopy of the Ajbar Machmu’a, translated by Lafuente 1867
- The routes of al-Andalus (from the UNESCO web site)
- The Library of Iberian Resources Online
- Al-Andalus Chronology and Photos
- Christian Martyrs in Muslim Spain by Kenneth Baxter Wolf
- The Musical Legacy of Al-Andalus – historical maps, photos, and music showing the Great Mosque of Córdoba and related movements of people and culture over time
- "Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain" (documentary film)
- Al-Andalus: the art of Islamic Spain, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF)
- African Diasporans in Sweden, An Unfinished History” (2005) by Madubuko A. Diakité.
Can I stop now? Are we good?
Honestly, I’m caught between crying laughing and the sheer level of information, competence and…can lists have sass? Because even before I got to the comment, the SHEER SIZE of the list possessed like, epic levels of sass, GIANT levels of sass, the dry, ordered, gazing-at-you-calmly-while-breaking-your-desk-with-reference-material-and-endng-by gently-overturning-a-box-of-loose-pages-of-information-over-your-head levels of sass, and wanting to get medievalpoc an ice pack and some anti-inflammatories for the amount of typing this work of art called for.
And a tiara. Because medievalpoc RULES.
It’s a testament to Margaret Thatcher’s belief that naked self-interest always defeats class solidarity that she imagined that the 1984-5 miners’ strike would end swiftly due to pressure from miners’ wives. Among the tranche of documents in this year’s National Archives release are handwritten notes Thatcher took during a meeting she held with the wives of strike-breaking Welsh miners.
Rose Hunter, from North Staffordshire Miners’ Support Group, recounts her experiences at a commemorative event in Bethnal Green: “Thatcher thought the women would get the men back to work. No. We wouldn’t put up with it. You don’t attack our community, our comrades, our sisters. So we organised.” And so Women Against Pit Closures formed 30 years ago, organised quickly and with remarkable tenacity for those with little direct experience of campaigning – and women’s groups sprung up and flourished in every mining community in Britain.
From the soup kitchens they began with, the women involved became increasingly politicised. Sometimes dismissed as little more than food distributors, the women marched, campaigned, collected money and picketed alongside the men. One of the most infamous photographs of the strike shows Sheffield WAPC’s Lesley Boulton at the “Battle of Orgreave”, raising her hand as a police officer on horseback prepares to strike her with his truncheon.
The women were keen to forge links with others experiencing systemic oppression – visiting Northern Ireland and welcoming the lesbian and gay miners’ support groups which drove to join pickets. Women from the Midlands noted how Asian communities ploughed money into the strikes when they saw the police treatment of miners mirroring their own experiences, and when Asian workers at Kewal Brothers clothing factory in Smethwick went on strike in 1984, 150 women and miners joined them in solidarity on their picket line.