5 thoughts on “Pic of the Day

  1. Zaharoff says:

    Reportedly the last Crimean war (1853~1856) “was not the result of a calculated plan, nor even of hasty last-minute decisions made under stress. It was the consequence of more than two years of fatal blundering in slow-motion by inept statesmen who had months to reflect upon the actions they took. It arose from Napoleon’s search for prestige; Nicholas’ quest for control over the Straits; his naive miscalculation of the probable reactions of the European powers; the failure of those powers to make their positions clear; and the pressure of public opinion in Britain and Constantinople at crucial moments.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_War#cite_note-11)

      • Zamyatin says:

        “The Island of Crimea” imagines an alternative history where the Russian civil war ends with the tsarist forces holding onto this remnant of the old empire, which after 60 years has become a booming Hong Kong to the U.S.S.R.’s hardscrabble China.

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