Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Women’s Defence Relief Corps

The Great WarEight dozen years ago today, the Women’s Defence Relief Corps was formed.

George Wyndham

The Rt. Hon. George Wyndham MPSeven score and seven years ago today, George Wyndham – the “die-hard” Commons opposition leader to Parliament Act 1911 – was born.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Goethe 261

Goethe House in Frankfurt am MainA quarter of a millennium and eleven years ago today, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born. A fitting quote:

Legislators and revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time are either psychopaths or mountebanks.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Rights of Man"

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen221 years ago today (or was it in the following day?), the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was adopted.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Austro-American Peace

89 years ago today, the peace treaty after the Great War between Austria and those United States was signed.

The world should note that, while there was an armistice in November of 1918, peace was not conceded to Austria before the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the Treaty of Trianon had both come into effect.

The world should also note that this peace came after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the bête noire of this weblog.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Treaty of Prague

Memorial to Battery of the Death at Chlum commemorates one of heaviest fights during the Battle of KöniggrätzSeven score and four years ago today, the Treaty of Prague was signed.

Louis XVI

A quarter of a millennium and half a dozen years ago today, the future Louis XVI was born.

Vive le Roi de la France!

Levée en Masse

Claude Nicolas Malapeau/Jean Duplessis-Bertaux: Closing of the Jacobin Club, during the night of 27-28 July 1794, or 9-10 Thermidor, year 2 of the RepublicTwo centuries and eighteen years ago today, the levée en masse was established.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Long Island Redcoats

RedcoatEleven score and a long dozen years ago today, Redcoats landed at Long Island.

Wrote MadMonarchist last year:

Many years ago it was the Long Island campaign that first made me question the "standard version" of the American Revolution. I was amazed at how Washington could be beaten again and again, retreat again and again and yet still be described as some sort of military genius for "ensuring the survival of his army" or some such notion.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Versailles on Capitol Hill

The Treaty of VersaillesSeven baker's dozen years ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog appeared before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to argue for the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lords Emasculation

Crowned PortcullisA year short of a century ago today, His Britannic Majesty George V gave Royal Assent to Parliament Act 1911.

Franz Josef 180

Nine score years ago today, Archduke Franz Josef was born.

Gott erhalte und beschütze den Kaiser!

Archduke Franz Josef with his mother

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Grimmelshausen334 years ago today, Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen passed away. A poignant quote:

Es ist kein Schwert, das schärffer schiert,
Als wenn ein Baur zum Herren wird.
which translates into:
There is no sword that cuts sharper
than if/when a peasant becomes master.

Blessed Charles

Six score and three years ago today, Blessed Charles of Austria-Hungary was born.

Andrew Cusack also has a collection of posts.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Franz Josef to Marienbad

Marienbad, Bohemia106 years ago today, Emperor and King Franz Josef came on an official visit to His Britannic Majesty in Marienbad in the Kingdom of Bohemia.

Tribunal Révolutionnaire

 Claude-André Deseine: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de RobespierreTwo years short of eleven score years ago today, Robespierre proposed a revolutionary tribunal.

On an additional note, Vizille is home to Musée de la Révolution Française. It would be interesting to visit this museum. Of course, it would help if my French were in better shape. I wonder what perspectives are represented there. However, I would not be surprised if the museum – to the extent it can be said that it does take a stand – is a pro-revolution museum.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

India Independent

Taj MahalThree score and three years ago today, the Indian Independence Act came into force.

At last year's anniversary, I apparently hit someone's nerve over at The Monarchist.

Happy Liechtenstein National Day!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Chinese Republicans to War

Flag of the Republic of ChinaFour score and a baker's dozen years ago today, the Republic of China declared war on Imperial Germany and Austria-Hungary.

Wrote MadMonarchist a year ago today:

Part of the reason for this was the German support for the Qing general Chang Hsun who restored the last Emperor for a brief time in 1917.

Alaska Settled

Map of Russian AmericaEleven score and six years ago today, the Russian Empire settled Alaska.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Union Dissolution and Popular Vote

Postcard promoting the 'correct' voting option, August 13, 1905A century and five years ago today, a Norwegian referendum was held to approve the “already completed dissolution” of the union with Sweden.

The question was asked in such a way that if you participated in the voting you would anyhow concur that the union dissolution had taken place – and that it was legitimate and constitutionally in order. As Norwegian historian Nils Ivar Agøy put it, it was a question similar to the question “have you stopped beating your wife?”

The fact is that the act of the Norwegian Parliament on June 7, 1905 was constitutional coup d'état – asserting Parliament as the ultimate, sovereign power. We had a mixed government constitutional monarchy. The politicos showed no respect for that.

August 13, 1905 was a Sunday. Flags were all over the churches, and typically the priest gave his pro-dissolution sermon, and then the parish went to the polls.

There were 184 nays nation-wide. Tolerance for opposition was virtually non-existent. An oppositional pamphlet had to be published in Denmark, as no publisher in Norway would do it.

German Crown Council at Spa

Jean-Pol Grandmont: Spa, BelgiumEight years short of a century ago today, the German Crown Council met at Spa.

Arrest of Louis XVI

Jean-François Garneray: Louis XVI at the Tour du TempleTwo years short of eleven score years ago today, Louis XVI of France was officially arrested.

Ambush of Loyalists

Francis MarionEleven score and nine years ago today, Loyalists were ambushed.

Wrote MadMonarchist a year ago today:

Ah yes, Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" who is so much admired. Don't mention of course that he was a vicious slave-driver, a rapist and a man who killed American Indians for sport. That just wouldn't be politically correct! "Bloody Ban" was a pussycat compared to Marion.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Constitution at Weimar

Seven long dozen years ago today, the Weimar Constitution was signed.

Imperium Austriacum

Two centuries and six years ago today, the Austrian Empire was proclaimed.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Storming at Tuileries

Les Tuileries vues du Louvre218 years ago today, the Tuileries Palace was stormed.

Treaty of Sèvres

Henri Rousseau: Vue du pont de SèvresSeven and a half dozen years ago today, the Treaty of Sèvres was signed.

Rebel Declaration Reached London

Canaletto: Westminster Abbey with a procession of Knights of the Bath234 years ago today, the news of the United States Declaration of Independence reached London, England.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Mark Weber has written:
Apart from the moral questions involved, were the atomic bombings militarily necessary? By any rational yardstick, they were not. Japan already had been defeated militarily by June 1945. Almost nothing was left of the once mighty Imperial Navy, and Japan's air force had been all but totally destroyed. Against only token opposition, American war planes ranged at will over the country, and US bombers rained down devastation on her cities, steadily reducing them to rubble.
The Western Confucian has more quotes – and some other thoughts, as well as linking to the below.

Fellow monarchist Andrew Cusack posts on his debate on Hiroshima.

Over at The Independent, Robert Fisk offers his thoughts.

House of Burgesses

Peter F. Rothermel: Patrick Henry Before the Virginia House of BurgessesNine years short of four centuries ago today (July 30 in the Julian Calendar), the first elected legislature in America – the Virginia House of Burgesses – convened.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Helvetic Confederation

The Swiss Coat of ArmsA year short of three dozen score years ago today, Confoederatio Helvetica was founded.

The date may be uncertain, but the official date is August 1, and adjusted for changed calendar that makes August 8.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lord North

Lord North218 years ago today, Frederick North, Lord North passed on from this world.

War Loose

Europe in the Great WarEight dozen years ago today, the first battle of the Great War commenced.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Feudalism to Be Abolished

Loyalty to CharlemagneEleven score and a year ago today, the National Constituent Assembly moved to abolish feudalism.

Americans, Britons, and the Great War

HMS DreadnoughtEight dozen years ago today, the bête noire of this weblog proclaimed neutrality in the Great War.

Those United States were to remain formally neutral to the conflict for thirty months and two days, but it was a “neutrality” that contained diplomatic and supplying bias.

Also on the same day, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland declared war. Sir Edward Grey had given a speech in the House of Commons about the lamps the night before.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Prince Carl

His Majesty King Haakon VIITwo years short of seven score years ago today, Prince Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel of Denmark – later King Haakon VII of Norway – was born.


Two years ago today, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn passed on from this world.

An interview of the writer's son:

Solzhenitsyn's Harvard Address of 1978

France and Germany

Imperial GermanyFour years short of a century ago today, Imperial Germany and the Third French Republic declared war on each other.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Franz Josef 180 this Month

Later this month the 180th birthday of HLIRM Emperor-King Franz Josef I will be celebrated. The celebration is annual.

From last year's event (in German):

There is the celebration in Bad Ischl August 14 through 18. L'Associazione Culturale Mitteleuropa has its celebration August 20 through 22.

August Guns

Four years short of a century ago today, the Great War broke out in Europe.