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As Machiavelli once said "Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results." It is these passions that we search for while delving into our history, a way of connecting to the great men and women who came before us. We reach back and learn from their mistakes and victories and gain a sense of belonging to the great cycle of life. For History Lovers is a place to explore our past and debate on the significance of major and minor historical events.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Vlad Dracula... Patriotic Hero or Ruthless Villain?

Thursday, June 10, 2010
History has told us that Vlad Dracula (also known as Vlad the Impaler) was a merciless ruler who savagely tortured anyone who got in his way, yet most of what we know of the Wallachian prince comes in the form of propaganda fliers printed by his most hated enemy, the Ottoman Turks. These fliers have told us of forests of impaled corpses and untold thousands of tortured men, women and children and of wars and uprisings against the great Turkish army, but can they truly be believed? How can we possibly know that the Turks didn't greatly exaggerate his deeds to drum up support against him? We will probably never know the real truth about one of history's most colorful characters but while most of the world has taken the Turkish viewpoint, thanks in part to Bram Stoker's version of Dracula, many Romanian's still treasure the bravery of their great hero today.

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