Author: Benjamin J. Swenson

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Haakon the Good Battles the Sons of His Brother, Eric Bloodaxe, 953-961

Around the year 934, shortly after the death of the Norway’s legendary King Harald Fairhair, his youngest son Haakon – raised in Northumbria by King Athelstan (Æthelstan) – returned to usurp the throne bequeathed to Harald’s beloved but unpopular son Eric Bloodaxe.

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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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