Well, I don't have a guest blogger today, so I guess it's up to me to talk. Of course, I don't have anything planned....lol. I was looking at the post from "On This Day" and saw that it's the anniversary of the Battle of the Pyramids by Napoleon Bonaparte on July 21, 1798. Yeah, I never heard of it either. But Napoleon "put into use one of his significant contributions to tactics, the massive divisional square," which is actually a rectangle. This formation helped him repeal and defeat the ruler Mamluk's armies. The battle took place 9 miles from the Pyramids outside Cairo. Napoleon's victory signaled the beginning of the end for the 700 year rule of the Malmuk's rule in Egypt.
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But reading about Bonaparte reminded me that for years, I never understood European history. I moved from one state to another during my freshmen year of high school. The school I had attended in Ft. Worth, Tx was on trimesters and we waited until the end of the first trimester to move. The school I moved to in Las Cruces, NM was on semesters. When I arrived to register, it was suggested that I wait until after the Christmas holidays to do so, since I'd be join classes just in time for finals. So, I had a 6 week break.
Unfortunately, because of this, I missed a lot of instruction on European history, namely Napoleon Bonaparte's. I was confused to learn there was more than one Bonaparte and also it took me a while to understand that the European countries weren't united as they are now (in that Germany, France, Italy used to be little city-states and not one big country as the are now). It really wasn't until I took my college history classes in the past two years that I came to understand what I'd been missing all these years.
I find history fascinating and can't understand those people who say they don't.
There are several time periods I'd like to visit if I could - Regency England, medieval Europe, the Wild West.
What time period(s) would you like to visit?