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A Short History of Burning Books | BIBLIOCLASM

A Short History of Burning Books | BIBLIOCLASM

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In 1821 the famous German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine, who wrote in his 1821 play Almansor the famous admonition, “Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen”: “Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.” Each of us have probably thought about burning a book we dreaded to read during […]

Pride Comes Before The Fall – British Trouble in Mesopotamia I THE GREAT WAR – Week 70

Pride Comes Before The Fall – British Trouble in Mesopotamia I THE GREAT WAR – Week 70

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Britain had an empire that spanned the globe, and even though the British army was being stretched to its limit against the Germans, the British leadership and British people still knew that their army was certainly far better than any force from the “less civilized” parts of the world, and could easily handle enemy forces. […]

Mechanised War In Mesopotamia – Toplica Uprising I THE GREAT WAR Week 135

Mechanised War In Mesopotamia – Toplica Uprising I THE GREAT WAR Week 135

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Every nation fighting this war had a propaganda machine in place by this time, the newspapers telling the people exactly what they needed to hear to be convinced to continue fighting the war. But when that’s not enough, it’s time to get tough, to get organized. Time to establish a Department of Information. I’m Indy […]

The Tsar Abdicates – Baghdad Falls I THE GREAT WAR Week 138

The Tsar Abdicates – Baghdad Falls I THE GREAT WAR Week 138

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There’s only one word I can say to describe the main event of this week: Revolution!!! I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the British and Indian forces pushed up the Tigris toward Baghdad, the Ottomans pulling back both there and in Persia, where they were being chased by the Russians. Russia […]