The Depths of Despair: Long Winters and their Effect on History

General Winter by Louis Bombled (1862–1927), via Wikimedia Commons In this era where there is a lot of talk about the climate and its effect on our lives, and as a signal of what we have done to the planet we inhabit, it is also worthwhile to discuss its effect on history. There are several notable situations that had repeated impact on historical events, most notably in Russia.  It was in a Russian winter that Napoleon's forces were halted and nearly ...

Wikileaks circa 1917?

The recent dispatch of information on US diplomatic comments and dispatches has our students in a tizzy, and very interested in what has been released about their countries. I for one found it fascinating and then was reminded of one of the original wikileakers - VI Lenin. One of his first acts as head of the Russian government was to publish all of the Allies' secret treaties. The result was much like those for Wikieaks - no one was all that surprised ...