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11 Feb 2020 5:09 a.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2020 9:30 p.m. PST

Of possible interest?

PDF link


Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2020 3:41 p.m. PST

Only for beginners…

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2020 8:28 a.m. PST

Thankfully there are Napoleonic beginners.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2020 4:20 p.m. PST

No doubt.
Seeing the way education has gone, I doubt it will ever be used for it's intended purpose om this planet.

Our children aren't even taught basic local geography any more (I know because I mentor some extra-tutorial work) like where regions and cities are.

As a 'gamers guide' that article is less than useful except as a glancing but subjective oversight of the period. Nothing more.

The fran-glaise is poor in both directions, they can't even get a chronology correct, citing 1799 in heading but commencing a dalogue with 1789.

Nor his Italian/ Corsican name, but I'll provide one 100% example of complete and utter rubbish:
"Battle of Austerlitz, December, 1805 (Moravia)
a. Alexander I pulled Russian troops out of the battle, giving Napoleon another victory on land."

Biggest pile of cr** ever written about subject. Worse than one paragraph histories often written in long winded tomes.

If that is what some 'higher educationalists' pass on to 'teachers' as legitimate knowledge, well I know what I'd use it for…
have a great week chaps__
regards d:~)

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2020 5:14 p.m. PST

This is probably (I don't own it) the viable alternative:
Napoleon for Dummies
By J. David Markham

David Markham's Napoleon for Dummies is the ultimate biography of Napoleon for the average person and students of Napoleon alike. The book is very easy to read and tells Napoleon's story in a fascinating way. Readers will have a hard time putting it down once they start reading. But don't let its easy reading and Dummies title fool you. As he has before, David Markham has produced a book on Napoleon that reflects the highest levels of scholarship and historical analysis. He debunks some of the misunderstandings about Napoleon and puts him in his true historical perspective, all in an easy to understand way. Anyone interested in Napoleon should read this book! – Ben Weider, CM, CQ, CStJ, PhD, President, International Napoleonic Society

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2020 3:07 a.m. PST

Biggest pile of cr** ever written about subject.

There are others just as bad, such as the so-called 'biographies' by Corelli Barnett and Schom. Both are a waste of good paper and printer's ink.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2020 3:13 a.m. PST

Of possible interest?


It is typical of current history curriculum in middle and high schools, and is riddled with errors. It isn't written by a competent history teacher, but by 'curriculum specialists' who are not subject area specialists.

History teachers are the last positions filled and seldom by a teacher who has a degree in history. The teaching of history suffers from that and the references used are poor to idiotic.

See Diane Ravitch, The Language Police.


From the inside flap of the book:

'Textbook publishers and state education agencies have sought to root out racist, sexist, and elitist language in classroom and library materials. But according to Diane Ravitch, a leading historian of education, what began with the best of intentions has veered toward bizarre extremes. At a time when we celebrate and encourage diversity, young readers are fed bowdlerized texts, devoid of the references that give these works their meaning and vitality. With forceful arguments and sensible solutions for rescuing American education from the pressure groups that have made classrooms bland and uninspiring, The Language Police offers a powerful corrective to a cultural scandal.'

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