Tag Archives: Louis XIV

Dictators’ problems

I read that the besieged ex-president of Ivory Coast sent three generals out to negotiate terms. Perhaps these were the last ones he could trust.  Dictators, like other managers, can’t always get or deploy the staff the way they want.  … Continue reading

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Revolution checklist

The Arab Revolt presently convulsing various countries is following a familiar script, albeit one with local variations: it has been refined in turn by England (1640 – 1660), France (1789 – 1800), Russia (1917), Ethiopia (1974 – 1977), Iran (1979) … Continue reading

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