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American Arcadia

The Blessings of Business

The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism

by Mark Zwonitzer

In a dual biography covering the last ten years of the lives of friends and contemporaries, writer Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and statesman John Hay (who served as secretary of state under presidents William...


George Washington

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Recognized as one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, George Washington played a part in the birth of the nation. From the Seven Years’ War against the French to the definition of American...


Neil Armstrong

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“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – it was with these pivotal words that Neil Armstrong became world-famous, being the first man to walk on the Moon and becoming a legend on 21st July...


Operation Desert Storm

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In August 1990, Kuwait was invaded by Iraq, shortly after the beginning of the second Gulf War. Afraid that the situation would become explosive once again, the UN launched Operation Desert Storm on 17th January...


The 1948 Palestine War

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On 15th May 1948, David Ben-Gurion formally proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. Immediately after the Israeli Declaration of Independence, the neighboring Arab nations came together and decided...


The Battle of Actium

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On 2nd September 31 B.C., the destiny of the Roman Republic was played out in Actium, just off the Greek coast. This definitive battle came after the assassination of Julius Caesar, as Octavius and Mark Antony...


The Battle of Algiers

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In the summer of 1956, Algiers was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks orchestrated by the FLN against the center of French power in Algeria. The aim of this violence was to fight against the colonial stronghold...


The Battle of Austerlitz

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On the night of 1st December 1805, the armies of the French Emperor Napoleon I, the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Francis II, and the Russian Tsar Alexander I, positioned themselves on the plains of Austerlitz,...


The Battle of Gettysburg

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On 1st July 1863, America was poised for the deadliest episode of the Civil War, which saw two opposing camps: the Southern Confederacy, fervent defenders of slavery, and the Union, who wished to abandon the...


The Battle of Lepanto

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On 7th October 1571, two ships, one Christian and the other Ottoman, crossed paths on the Gulf of Lepanto. This meeting was followed by one of the largest naval battles in history, pitting the Holy League of...


The Battle of Marathon

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On 13th September 490 B.C., the warlike Persian King Darius I landed his troops in the Greek plains of Marathon, threatening to attack the city of Athens. In response, the Greek city sent citizen soldiers to...


The Battle of Thermopylae

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In 480 B.C., the Persian Empire was preparing to attempt another invasion of Greece. Determined to fight against them, Leonidas I raised an army of several thousand men. Both forces headed to the narrow pass...


The Battle of Tours

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When the Battle of Tours broke out on 25th October 732, the Umayyad troops were on their way to plunder the wealthy shrine of St. Martin of Tours. This legendary battle was won by the Franks, who managed to...


The Battle of Verdun

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At 7:15am on 21st February 1916, Erich Falkenhayn launched an assault on Verdun. His goal was simple: to bleed the French army dry and end war of attrition. This conflict lasted nearly ten months, engaging the...


The Battle of Waterloo

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At 11:15am on 18th June 1815, Napoleon I launched the assault at Waterloo. The stakes were high. Despite managing to defeat the British, the Dutch and Prussians also arrived to fight against the Emperor, who...


The Battle of the Atlantic

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At 9:00pm on 3rd September 1939, the longest campaign of the Second World War began. The challenge for the Germans was of the utmost importance: gaining supremacy in the Atlantic Ocean and preventing the British...


The Cold War

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After the Second World War, Europe was a disastrous scene. The two victors of the war, America and the USSR, were ideologically and economically opposed. Therefore, an inevitable confrontation occurred between...


The Fall of Constantinople

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On 6th April 1453, the city of Constantinople was attacked by Mehmet II, who wanted to put an end to the Christian stronghold in the East. The Byzantine Empire, which was already declining, did all they could...