Monthly Archives: June 2011

France Arms Rebels in Libya

The French government now admits that it is arming rebels in Libya in an overt attempt to oust Muammar el-Qaddafi. Col. Thierry Burkhard, a French military spokesperson, said that French forces “airdropped water, food and medical supplies” to Misurata and … Continue reading

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Manuscript Research at the BNF

I recently returned from a short research trip to France, where I was conducting research on manuscript collections dating from the French Wars of Religion (1562-1629) held at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) in Paris.  The manuscript collections are … Continue reading

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Christine Lagarde Chosen to Lead IMF

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde has been chosen to lead the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The United States has stated its support for Lagarde, effectively ensuring her selection for the IMF post recently vacated by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested … Continue reading

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French Socialists Scramble after the Arrest of DSK

The French Socialists are in disarray as they try to regroup following the arrest of DSK, as many French people refer to Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The next presidential elections are approaching in France and DSK was the highly anticipated candidate for … Continue reading

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Bread Riots in Mozambique

Last year, high bread prices led to bread riots across Mozambique.  This summer promises to create similar economic conditions and protests. Early modern historians are very familiar with the dynamics of bread riots in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century societies.  A number … Continue reading

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Society for Military History Conference

The Society for Military History Conference is coming to the Chicago area this weekend.  This conference is the annual meeting of the largest academic and professional society for military history in the United States.  This year, the conference theme is … Continue reading

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For-Profit Education Industry Lobby Wins

The for-profit education industry has successfully lobbied the U.S. Congress, winning major concessions to avoid regulation.  Critics have exposed corrupt recruitment practices, unsound pedagogy, and outright fraud at many for-profit “colleges”.  Proposed reforms would have curbed abuses by for-profit institutions, … Continue reading

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