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May 5th, 2012


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03:46 pm
My latest ebook foray finished recently was Osprey Campaign #241: The Fall of English France 1449 – 53, which I found curious, in that the book is published by a British firm, yet describes a major defeat of English arms. Wild. This was the era of Joan of Arc and I found the book clarified well for me the political, geographic and military issues of the period. Nice.

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From:erich_schneider
Date:May 5th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
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I get this feeling that other countries are more sanguine about their lost wars, not having the mythology the U.S. does about never having lost a war. Heck, some of them make their defeats core elements of their national character (I'm thinking of Serbia and the battle of Kosovo).
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From:mycroftca
Date:May 6th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
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Or the French Foreign Legion in Mexico, for that matter.

Although we have lost wars...like 1812, for example, or Vietnam.
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From:erich_schneider
Date:May 7th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
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Although we have lost wars...

Well, yes, but I know you've encountered the mental gymnastics some people go through to say it isn't so. ("But we won the battle of New Orleans" for the first, and "it wasn't really a war" or "all our troops were gone by 1972 but Saigon fell in 1975" for the second.) It reminds me of what they say at Texas A&M: the Aggies never lose a football game, they just have fewer points when the time runs out.
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From:mycroftca
Date:May 8th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
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Indeed. It's amazing how little history most people know.

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