On my trip home to Arizona from Paris yesterday, I read the Special College Report article in the current issue of Time Magazine (October 7, 2013). It is titled Class of 2025 How They’ll Learn and What They’ll Pay. I am always interested in they ways different groups (i.e., Government, educators, parents, etc.) perceive what […]

Continuing The March Since Minard’s map is in French, I have provided an English language version for us to use as we discuss the flow of Napoleon’s march in detail. [2] The Battle of Borodino On 7 September, at the Battle of Borodino, the Russians sought to fight a battle of attrition. Knowing that they […]

DataViz History: Edward Tufte, Charles Minard, Napoleon and The Russian Campaign of 1812 – Part 5 Charles Minard’s Flow Map of Napoleon’s Russian Campaign of 1812 The chart above also tells the story of a war: Napoleon’s Russian campaign of 1812. It was drawn half a century afterwards by Charles Joseph Minard, a French civil engineer […]

The Russian Campaign of 1812 (Below: The Battle of Berezina) NOTE: The following text is from the following source. I have also provided a link to that source. I found this narrative one of the best discussions of the Russian Campaign of 1812 and wanted to include Major McGhee’s text in its entirety. The images […]

Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon Bonaparte (French: Napoléon Bonaparte, Italian: Napoleone Buonaparte; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe. [SOURCE] As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1815. […]

Charles Joseph Minard Charles Joseph Minard, born on March 27, 1781 in Dijon, France, is most widely known for a single work, his poignant flow-map depiction of the fate of Napoleon’s Grand Army in the disastrous 1812 Russian campaign. This “Carte figurative des pertes successives en hommes de l’Armee Francais dans la campagne de Russe 1812-1813″ has been […]

SOURCE: The following blog post is taken directly from A review of Edward Tufte’s ‘Beautiful Evidence’ by Yuri Engelhardt. The link to Yuri’s website can be found here. [Note: I am about to start a multi-part series on Minard’s map related to Napoleon’s Russian Campaign of 1812. I am going to introduce the players related to this map […]