The Day the Rabbits Attacked

Napoleon Bonaparte, a military general who became France’s first emperor, was attacked by a horde of rabbits in July 1807.

No, I’m not making this up. I thought, when my friend brought this historic fact up, that was she was just messing with me.

With further search, there is many websites on the internet explaining this most mockery event.

Napoleon is known for his defeat at Waterloo. In 1815, Napoleon’s French Revolutionary Army was defeated by Prussians that worked for Duke of Wellington, causing a huge casualty.

It also caused the end of the Napoleonic era.

However, eight years before the attack on Waterloo, Napoleon had just signed the Treaties of Tilsit. The treaty was what ended the war between the French Empire and Imperial Russia.

To celebrate, The Imperial Russia’s emperor invited Napoleon to go on a rabbit hunt. The emperor asked his Chief of Staff, Alexandre Berthier, to set up the hunt.

According to metal_Floss.com, a luncheon, a military brass band, and a colony of rabbits were planned for the powerful men’s outing.

The caged rabbits would be released and the men’s guns were cocked. Everything was going as planned until the release of the rabbits.

According to Aerchie’s Archive, Berthier bought thousands of tame rabbits from local farmers and not wild ones as anticipated. The rabbits did not scurry around with fright, but started to surround the men, looking for food.

First, the rabbits attacked the emperor, which they started to climb up his legs and his upper body. Napoleon took it upon himself to try and shoot as many rabbits as he could, but there was too many of them.

The other men that were there were trying to beat the rabbits off the two men, but that didn’t work either. There was complete chaos when it came to the starving rabbits.

Both the emperor and Napoleon had to run to the carriage, but the horde was so fierce that some of the rabbits actually jumped into the imperial coach.

Talk about a Napoleon complex.

A poem by Scott Bates inspired by this event in weird history: http://betterlivingthroughbeowulf.com/the-day-rabbits-attacked-napoleon/

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History on this day: Teddy Roosevelt talks about Race

Since this is Black History Month, I decided to dedicate this post to remember a piece of history that was lost in translation. I’m not going to be quoting Civil Rights activists like Malcolm X or Martian Luther King Jr.

I’m going to be talking about a speech that President Theodore Roosevelt delivered on this day in 1905. It seems spontaneous, but the speech that Roosevelt gave at the New York City Republican Club is timeless.

In the 1905, most white American’s point of view about other races—especially Asian and African immigrants—was jittery. Roosevelt had good time when talking about the race problem in America.

Remember, this was in the early 1900’s.

During the speech, Roosevelt’s answer to the race problem for the time, according to History.com, “was to proceed slowly toward social and economic equality.” Roosevelt also cautioned that the government changes nothing and recommended that white American’s casually change their attitude toward different races.

Roosevelt stated in this speech that white Americans were a forward race that has responsibilities in training other races with industrial capability, political quantity and domestic morals. Back then, that’s how people thought.

Roosevelt believed what the Declaration of Independence says: All men are created equal. The speech that he gave that day didn’t seem to catch up with everyone.

According to History.com, Roosevelt’s administration “took only a passive, long-term approach to improving civil rights.” Lyndon Johnson was the next generation’s president that did more than make a speech; he passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Peaky Blinders

England has a long history and it would take me a while to even scratch the surface. I have been talking about this week’s blog post to many of my friends and family, but I got the same confused looks.

What I’m going to unveil is the Peaky Blinders.

The History

Before I can explain, a little background is needed. According to Fashion Era.com, England by the 1920s through the 1940s was a confusing time. World War I ended two years before, but there was still the fear of war in the air.

Young men came back after the horror of trench warfare and women that were nurses saw terrible injuries and mental break downs. The idea that most people lived by was that life is too short and it was time to enjoy it.

In the small Heath/Bordesley Green area of Birmingham, England, there was an extreme level of poverty and overcrowded slums, which brought a lot of crime into the streets.

That attracted gangs, like the Peaky Blinders.

Peaky Blinders

For 30 years, a ruthless group of youths armed with knives, razor blades and hammers ruled the Birmingham streets. According to BBC’s article, John Adrian and his lieutenant James Grinrod started the regime in 1870.

Though, by the 1920s, the leader of the notorious gang was Billy Kimber.

The Peaky Blinders might have got its name because they wore peaked caps. Also, as legend processes, the caps had razor blades sewn into them.

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Well, according to most of the articles that I did my research from, the legend was never true. The real meaning of why the gang was called Peaky Blinders is lost in translation.

 To Identify a Peaky Blinder (from The Telegraph):

  • Donkey haircuts
  • Donkey Jackets
  • Silk Scarves
  • Bell-bottom trousers
  • Steel-capped boots
  • Flat caps

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The way the Peaky Blinders made money was from illegal betting, protection rackets and the black market for Birmingham. Their attacks on the street consist of robbing people, rivals being attacked and assault on the police.

The Peaky Blinders was one of the biggest gangs in Birmingham’s history. For 30 years, the town was being ruled by their violent ways, but that is what makes them neat.

For a time, they were unstoppable.

History of Mozart and Beethoven

During the seventeenth century, music was a growing success in Europe. There was many new discovers during this time because music was so popular.

There were many composers during the seventeenth century, but only a number of the composers really influenced the culture and the style that classical music is known for.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven were two composers that were equally different, but also equally the same.

The Musical Families

Some families in the seventeenth century consist of musical families. Musical families were families that were troupes that would work for patrons and venues and entertain the patrons or venues with music.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as a young child, was taught how to play music by his father Leopold Mozart, who was one of Europe’s pedagogues for music.

Ludwig Van Beethoven was brought up being taught how to play music by his father Johann Van Beethoven, who was a musician for the Electoral court in Bonn, Germany.

By the age of eleven, Beethoven was employed by the Christian Gottlob Neefe and started to perform as an organist and a harpsichordist.

Their lives and Achievements

When he lived in Vienna, Mozart worked as a freelance musician and never worked under a patrons.

Mozart wrote three major plays and many public pieces that became popular in Vienna.

Beethoven moved to Vienna to study under composers like Joseph Haydn and even was a pupil for Mozart for some time. He became famous for gaining a reputation as a piano virtuoso and made money by having patrons.

On March 29, 1795, Ludwig Van Beethoven had is first public debut, which is believed to be his first piano concerto.

The last days

Between the years of 1788 and 1789, Mozart had “dark thoughts” and developed depression.

Because of his drinking and his depression, Mozart died on December 5, 1971 with an unknown cause of death.

Beethoven was losing his hearing, he was lonely and short-tempered. Beethoven produced an opera, six symphonies, four solo concerto, and more during the time his hearing started to deplete.

Beethoven was completely deaf when he passed away.

These were both great men and excellent composers. They had some similarities in life, but that is why life, even for children prodigies, can’t be predictable.
 

Brief History of Feudalism

 

The medieval era is a mystery, but it doesn’t have to be. The era was the last era where reading and writing was still unknown to most people, and the church was heavily influential on how the citizens would think.

As well as the spread of government that took over Europe called Feudalism.

What is Feudalism?

The middle ages had a span of one thousand years before the Renaissances.

There is no definition for the word “Feudalism” because there is no real record showing that the citizens during the middle Ages ever used the word.

Feudalism was just an idea until the political theories that was created by lawyers, who were called Layman, started to really form the system that feudalism is known as today.

Doctor Kip L. Wheeler describes “Feudalism was the medieval model of government predating the birth of the modern nation-state” in his article “Feudalism”.

The Structure of Feudalism:

  • Political power
  • Private possession
  • A armed cavalry to secure private and individual harmony

(From Feudalism by Professor Joseph Strayer)

The Cavalry

From the middle ages to the classical era, Knights were considered an important figure.

In L.K. Alchin’s article, Feudalism and Knights, on the website Lords and Ladies.org describes “A portion of land (called a fief) would be granted by the king to a successful soldier or knight who performed well during battle.”

Granting land was called feudal levy, which a knights had to prove themselves worth to have land.

The origin of the term ‘Knight’ derives from Anglo-Saxon word “Cniht”, meaning “boy” or “page boy”.

Work Cited

Alchin, L. K. “Feudalism and Knights.” lordsandladies.org, 22 June 2014. Web.

Strayer, Joseph Reese. Feudalism. Huntington, N.Y.: R.E. Krieger Publication Company, 1987.EBSCO.

Wheeler, L. Kip, Dr. “Feudalism” Appalachian College Association. web.cn.edu. Web.

History Repeats Itself

My name is Sarah Blain. I’m a Junior at Troy University. My major is Multi-media Journalism with a minor in Public Relations.

Even with my obvious chose in schooling, I have always dreamed of one thing, which is  to be a fact finder. You could say I’m in love with the idea of history. The past has a significant meaning to me, so I was kind of excited to start a blog about my never applied hobby.

The definition on Dictionary. com for fact finder is: A person who searches impartially for the facts or actualities of a subject or situation, especially one appointed to conduct an official investigation, as in a labor-management conflict.

 I’m going to try my best at investigation journalism for the first, and be the person from the definition. Each week, I’m going to bring different aspects  that are connect to various times in history, starting with feudalism.
You can start reading here: https://factfinderblog.wordpress.com/