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American & Russian pressures build momentum towards a European army

Every-so-often, discussions emerge regarding the need of establishing a European army. This is an idea as old as post-WWII European integration and the European Defence Community proposed in 1952 that died with the 1954 veto of the European Political Community. Beyond the … Continue reading

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Military, Civil Administration, Taxes, Politics and Economics of the Roman Republic and Empire

The evolution of the Roman republic and later of the Roman empire is interesting because of the interplay between social, military and poltical dimensions as the drivers of change. To that extent, this post is probably best understood in the … Continue reading

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Sources for the Roman Empire

While writing the recent posts on the rise and fall of the Roman Empire I made use of a vast array of sources that I believe I should list below for my own sake and for that of others potentially interested … Continue reading

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Holocaust Memorial Day – Never Forget

On this day 70 years ago, Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps in present-day Poland. The scale of death and human destruction they found there was not lost to these men, even though they had been fighting on the most violent … Continue reading

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A New Phase in Euro-Zone Crisis – Zero Coupon Perpetuities for Greece?

I don’t have an enormous amount of time to consider the implications of the Greek election yesterday in a tremendous amount of detail. So the following are my thoughts, disorganised and potentially incoherent.

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Je Suis Charlie

All the cartoons they don’t like. Because freedom of expression, that’s why! If you think they had it coming you are one of those people who thinks women (or any other minority for that sake) deserve to be raped (or … Continue reading

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Dear Reader, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. I won’t be posting any more this year, as I have some work I need to finish before going on holidays. … Continue reading

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