Author: Benjamin J. Swenson

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Zebulon Pike’s 1805 Journey to Minnesota in Search of the Mississippi’s Headwaters

Zebulon Pike would go on to explore swaths of North America – becoming a legend in a growing nation.

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History of the Conquest of Mexico:  The Black Legend, Prescott’s Paradigm, Tlaxcalans, and US-Mexican War

Accompanying an increasing interest in Spain during the antebellum era was a repackaging of the “Black Legend” – a cultural and racial stereotype that became a long-held historiographical generalization.

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From ‘General Bonaparte’ to ‘Napoleon’ to ‘Hannibal’: The Evolution of a Military Legend, 1800-1838

From 1800 on, the First Consul became less and less ‘General Bonaparte’ and more ‘Napoleon.’ The Constitution of the Year X (1802) granted him the title of First Consul for Life.

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An American Look at Napoleon’s “Dark Age” Press, 1810-1811 

Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s key to perpetuating the war despite setbacks was ensuring the compliance of the people at home. Thus total control over French newspapers fueled the constant call for more soldiers.

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Saga of Gisli the Outlaw: Window into the Viking World

The Saga of Gisli Sursson, or Gisli the Outlaw – believed to have been written sometime in the thirteenth century – is an exceptional window into the Viking world during a period of profound and rapid change.

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