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“Ultrasociety” by Peter Turchin

Paleo Retiree writes: The book’s complete title: “Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth.” A stimulating, clear, fast and provocative attempt to explain via the principles of cultural evolution and population biology how humans … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour: The Most Useless and Unproductive of All Forms of Reflection

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It is the natural result of the whig historian’s habits of mind and his attitude to history — though it is not a necessary consequence of his actual method — that he should be interested in the promulgation … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Wreckers

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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“Barbarian Empires of the Steppes”

Paleo Retiree writes: Along with Blowhard, Esq. and Fabrizio del Wrongo, I’m a big fan of Kenneth Harl, a Tulane professor who has done numerous lecture series about early and medieval history for The Great Courses. He’s smart, he’s fast, … Continue reading

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Napoleon’s March to Russia

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The year 1812 was a turning point in Napoleon’s career due to his fateful decision to invade Russia. While many know of his defeat by the Russian army in the bitter winter cold, less well known (at least to me) … Continue reading

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Regicide Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Via these lectures which I’m in the middle of now (and highly recommend), today I learned that 221 years ago yesterday, Louis XVI was executed. Please mourn or celebrate as your politics require. A picture of Louis … Continue reading

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The Law West of the Pecos

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Click on the image to enlarge. Judge Roy Bean, known as the “Law West of the Pecos,” holding court in the town of Langtry, Texas in 1900. Pictured is the trial of a horse thief. The courthouse doubled … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: After dinner I shall perhaps feel worn out, so I shall just lie on your bosom and say nothing but feel a great deal, and you will be very loving and call me your poor child. And then … Continue reading

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Jazz Clubs on 52nd Street in New York City, 1948

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Click on the image to enlarge.

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Happy Veterans Day

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Click on the image to enlarge. Robert E. Lee at his home in Richmond, VA less than a week after surrendering.

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