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The Final Chapter / Re: Some errata for the final chapter
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:37:26 PM »
James, I don't have access to  my library right now (not home) and the name escapes me, but have you read the book on Chichi Jima and how Maj. Matobo (?) treated American POW's?

The Windsors / Re: Prince Henry/Prince Harry of Wales
« on: January 24, 2014, 03:03:19 AM »
Kal, struck the nail on the head. Career officers transfer back and forth to get a broad experience not just in combat but in support functions. The particular post however I'm sure is related to his position as a royal as well. After all putting on a grand old show is something the Windsor's have become quite good at ;)

The inheritance of the throne was codified in the 1906 Fundamental Laws of Russia. It did allow for a female to inherit the throne but pretty much only as a last resort.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei's wife?
« on: December 04, 2013, 05:52:02 PM »
Never thought of this before, but just coming across it (and not having read the entire thread), I would think N&A would have allowed Alexi to marry for love, within reason. Just as Nicholas had to be rather insistant about marrying his choice.

The Russian Revolution / Re: World War I - Reassessing the Blame
« on: October 13, 2013, 01:38:01 PM »
I think putting blame on George V for not strong arming his cousins is a bit unfair. NII as an autocrat and Wilhelm II as a semiautocratic ruler had much more influence.

I would also put a little more emphasis on France as they were hoping to recoup some losses from the Franco-Prussian war.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Maple Room
« on: October 13, 2013, 11:51:10 AM »
Bob, you're right. I don't know what I was seeing the other day, it just looked off to me. But when I go back and look at it again I see it correctly. Weird....

The Alexander Palace / Re: Maple Room
« on: October 06, 2013, 01:57:23 PM »
Looks correct to me, Ivan. Which one do you mean?

They are incredible, Joanna! Thanks for sharing your find.

The second link, "The Mezzanines". I believe the study had a mezzanine along the side and the Maple Room had a mezzanine along the back wall. But the plan posted has it the other way around

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: War Damage of Tsarskoe Selo and Peterhof
« on: September 27, 2013, 10:39:58 AM »
Great photos Akira. I would say that one matches the water color of the Chinese room to a T.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Maple Room
« on: September 27, 2013, 10:35:02 AM »
Is it me, or do the plans for the maple room and study appear flipped?

The Windsors / Re: Andrew, Duke of York
« on: September 10, 2013, 08:02:29 PM »
How do you not recognize an immediate member of the Royal family, especially if you're assigned to the palace....

The Final Chapter / Re: Ipatiev House destruction pictures
« on: August 29, 2013, 10:28:46 PM »
The only reason I wish the house still existed would be that modern forensics or potentiall future forensics examinations of certain rooms may have provided additional information regarding the Imperial Family's last days.

Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Livadia, Palace of Nicholas II
« on: August 29, 2013, 10:16:04 PM »
OTMA's Bookcase Returned to Livadia

Sweet! I have my biases, I admit, but I prefer to see displays of the Grand Duchesses' classroom than to see and think of those rooms as occupied during the Yalta conference of February, 1945, when that room would likely have been occupied by some  middle-aged Allied diplomat or military officers, American, British,or Soviet, intent on reconfiguring Europe in some unnatural way, to their respective advantages, and not doing such a great job, IMHO, though that's another topic for sure.
If the room was occupied it most likely would have been an American as Livadia is where Roosevelt stayed in addition to where most of the talks were held.

The point you bring up is one of the things that must constantly vex museum curators. Livadia, personal home built by the last Russian Emperor vs. host of Yalta an important historical event.

Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Livadia, Palace of Nicholas II
« on: August 27, 2013, 08:10:14 PM »
I wonder where they found it......It's amazing that after all this time, it stilll matches the paneling perfectly

The Alexander Palace / Re: Maple Room
« on: August 23, 2013, 08:59:30 PM »
Nice match. I do hope they do the Maple Room right.

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