The History and War Blog did an Outstanding Four Part Series on the Invasion of Poland beginning in 1939.
Part 3: The Exodus
Part 4: The Aftermath
Also as a cool supplement, Jeff over at The Inch High Guy Blog has a really great post:
The Barbary pirates of North Africa attacked the coastal northern Mediterranean launching attacks against France, Italy and Sicily, kidnapping women as white slaves primarily and whenever possible notable wealthy persons and ships for ransom. In their feverish search for white women slaves a few pirates even went as far as the coast of Iceland, raiding inland to kidnap women and bring them back to North Africa.
From the 1500s to the 1800s it is estimated that one million white Europeans, to include those captured at sea as well as through land raids abroad were enslaved. Many of these were Americans captured at sea.
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
“Four of Calhoun’s ideas are especially relevant today. The first is that patriotism doesn’t spring from high ideals, but from citizens and the state having a mutual stake in each other’s success. Calhoun’s second main argument is that America’s racially discriminatory policies, including slavery, unify white citizens, protect democracy, and mitigate class differences. Calhoun’s third argument opposed admitting non-whites as citizens of the Union and the pursuit of empire. Finally, Calhoun’s most consequential ideal is that of the concurrent majority. This, presented in A Disquisition on Government and in a Discourse on the Constitution and Government of the United States, is probably the most significant American contribution to serious political science since The Federalist.”