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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 […]

Lenin Wants To Take The Train – First Battle of Gaza I THE GREAT WAR Week 140

Lenin Wants To Take The Train – First Battle of Gaza I THE GREAT WAR Week 140

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If you plan a battle, of course you need soldiers and weapons, and a battle plan, but that’s not all you need – you also need time, timing, and water. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the allies made small advances in the west, the Balkans, and Macedonia. There was a […]

Tank Corps Unleashed – The Battle of Cambrai I THE GREAT WAR Week 174

Tank Corps Unleashed – The Battle of Cambrai I THE GREAT WAR Week 174

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We’ve seen them on battlefields, alone, in groups, or even by the dozen, but we’ve never seen them fight by the hundreds – tanks, tanks, and more tanks. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, the British army continued its advance in Palestine, though its three and a half month offensive of […]

July Days In Petrograd – Blood On The Nevsky Prospect I THE GREAT WAR Week 156

July Days In Petrograd – Blood On The Nevsky Prospect I THE GREAT WAR Week 156

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Russia’s Kerensky Offensive enters its third week this week, and Minister of War Alexander Kerensky, who it’s named after, has been at the front supporting his troops. But when the cat is away the mice will play, and this week sees “The July Days” at home – chaos in the streets of Petrograd. I’m Indy […]

No Peace For The Wicked I THE GREAT WAR Week 129

No Peace For The Wicked I THE GREAT WAR Week 129

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Food shortages, strikes, assassinations, covert attempts to end the war, covert attempts to expand the war, the situation in Russia by now was dangerously unstable. It wouldn’t get any better this week, though as there was yet another political shakeup in Petrograd. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, the New Year […]

Attempted Military Coup in Russia – The Kornilov Affair I THE GREAT WAR Week 164

Attempted Military Coup in Russia – The Kornilov Affair I THE GREAT WAR Week 164

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We’ve seen revolution in Russia this year; we’ve seen the July Days with the renewed threat of it, and now, Russia sees an attempted coup- the Kornilov Affair. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, there was major fighting in Italy and Romania, but far to the north, the German army took […]

Battle of Beersheba – Canadian Frustration – Balfour Declaration I THE GREAT WAR Week 171

Battle of Beersheba – Canadian Frustration – Balfour Declaration I THE GREAT WAR Week 171

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Last week the Central Powers made a breakthrough on the Italian Front, so this week the Allies counter with a breakthrough of their own – on the Palestine Front. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the Germans continued their occupation of the Russian islands in the Gulf of Riga, their combined […]

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 […]