While rummaging through a box he found in the attic, England uncovers some old photos, along with old memories.
(These took so long to make, I hope you guys like them! I was trying to put subtle stuff in the photos to try and tell a story, I’ve never done it before so it was good practice! I might end up writing something for this if I decide to stop being lazy.)
I like that young naive America thinks if he gets kissed even on the cheeks that it automatically means he’s married.
There was no bigger fanboy for America and their fight for Indecpanence than Marquis de Lafayette. While on the road to meet the continental congress he would write letters to his wife on how wonderful everything in America was the landscapes, food, spirit, people, the women (Yah he gushed about how American women were the most beautiful he had ever seen to his wife lol) While he was recovering for his leg wound he basically just wrote letters to French elites singing America’s praises.
rusame during ww1 gets me because alfred would know exactly what it’s like to go through a civil war and feel oneself being torn apart from within after his own recent experience.
ivan’s very identity and essence splintering as he takes bloody blows from the eastern front and feels his people die by the millions–from war, from starvation, from rebellion, from assassination. in the end, it’s all he can do to accept a little moral support and comfort from his friend.
(i’m not crying who says i’m crying there’s just something in my eye)
So after the seven years war some British troops who were in charge of surveying and inventorying abandoned french forts, found stockpiles of American made supplies. You can expect a very broke England who just fought a very long war wouldn’t take to kind to know that American’s were selling to both sides.
Also before the stamp act the other taxes that England imposed on America really weren't all that bad like the sugar tax actually went from 0.06 cents to 0.03 cents. The only difference was England actually started enforcing the tax hardcore instead of allowing the American courts who were pretty leadeant about the whole thing.
The stamp act became an issue because newspapers printers and lawyers use a lot of paper and there the last people you want to piss off lol.
I’m muuuuuuuch too lazy to make a remotely clean and actually good version of this so take what you can get
Anyway, I drew this to illustrate a certain vision I have of Gilbert: he is a man of the military and of ideals (although he is a pragmatist) and he knows little mercy when it comes to his own men. Harsh on others, harsher on himself still, in line with the Prussian virtues. If you are part of his military he has very high expectations for you. Friedrich used to be at the receiving end of Gilbert’s…ah, criticism in his youth. But it was easy to forget about the treatment once he’d gained Gilbert’s favor; well, sometimes he still got a reminder of what slumbers inside Gilbert.
where do you even start on the russo-japanese war? it was a war of iconography, a racist battleground for the rest of the great powers (roosevelt provided the commentary of “the plucky little japanese”), a test run for world war i, and an effective death knell for two empires (not even a decade after the close of the sino-japanese war, russia would come to find that revolution was a bigger threat than any humiliating peace the japanese could deliver). it wasnt just “the victory that startled the old world and warned the new,” it, along with many of the events of the late 19th century, was a preview of the sheer bloodshed that would beget the rest of the 20th century
im going to borrow a quote from a different scholar here and when people ask on the aftermath of this conflict, i wanna answer, “we are still seeing the effects”
handfasting is a traditional term for a betrothal, and some ceremonies involved literally tying the bride & groom’s hands together to signify unity - even better to signify a lifelong alliance, if you ask me
i keep thinking about katya (kievan rus’) being the best big sister to ivan. poor kid had to go through so much while he was growing up that it must have hurt katya profusely to not be able to shield her little brother from all the pain and suffering that accompanies existence as a young and turbulent nation
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