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November, 21

Napoleon I's Berlin Decree - November 21
Hello, Atlantica Players.
Today is the day that Napoleon issued the Berlin Decree.
It was issued on November 21, 1806, following the French victory against Prussia at the Battle of Jena. The decree forbade the import of British goods into European countries allied with or dependent upon France, and installed the Continental System in Europe.
It eventually led to economic ruin for France, while little happened to the economy of Britain, which had control of Atlantic Ocean trade.
Other European nations removed themselves from the Continental System, which led in part to the downfall of Napoleon.



Thomas Gresham - November 21
The second topic for today is Thomas Gresham, who died on this day in 1579.
He was a financial advisor in England who urged Queen Elizabeth I to restore the debased currency of England, saying "Bad money drives out good."
This law specifically applies when there are two forms of money in circulation which are required by legal-tender laws to be accepted as having similar face values for economic transactions.
In 1858, this law was named after him.

Did you know?SwordsmanMercenary - Swordsman
Gyebaek (died 660) was a general in the ancient Korean kingdom of Baekje during the early to mid 7th century. Little else is known of his personal life—including the year and location of his birth. The Taekwondo pattern Gyebaek is named after him.
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Baekje and Goguryeo joined forces to attack Silla, although they were eventually driven back when Silla received aid from Tang Dynasty China. In 660, when a huge united army of Silla and the Chinese invaded Baekje, General Gyebaek organized 5,000 soldiers of the highest morale and courage to meet them in battle. He knew before he set out that his army was outnumbered and that his efforts would be futile, but he did not hesitate to try to defend his country, reportedly stating I would rather die than be a slave of the enemy. He then killed his wife and family to prevent them from falling into the hands of opposing forces, and to prevent the thought of them to influence his actions or cause him to falter in battle.

His forces won four small initial battles, but then he was forced to move his forces to block the advance of General Kim Yu-shin on the Baekje capital, Buyeo. The two generals met on the plains of Hwangsan Field, in present day Hamyang, near Chiri Mountain. Gyebaek's forces fought bravely but they were outnumbered ten to one and, in the end, he and his men were annihilated.
Baekje was destroyed after 678 years of rule, but shortly after Gyebaek's defeat and death at Hwangsan Field. As Neo-Confucian philosophy became more influential in the later Korean Dynasties, Gyebaek was recognized by historians and scholars are exemplifying the Confucian ideals of patriotism and devotion to his King and praised as such. Although not much else is known about Gyebaek's life, his actions leading up to his last battle are the stuff of legend well known to most Koreans.


Source: Wikipedia