Talk:Ivan Bloch

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It's ironic and kind of sad how much that was learned during the American Civil War (and to a much lesser extent the Boer Wars) was ignored when WWI began. By the end of the ACV, both sides were routinely entrenching on a WWI scale. Stargoat 18:46, 6 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Bloch's portrait[edit]

I don't think it's his - it says M. Bloch. Valleyofdawn (talk) 08:01, 14 July 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I think you're right. Deleted. Binksternet (talk) 09:33, 14 July 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Crikey. Did either of you look at the source file and its accreditation? Or follow the link to the Bloch foundation and cross-refer to photographic evidence there? Or consider the possibility that the caption was typeset in a different era, in which it was common to condense Monsieur to M. and never mention a Christian name in public? I'm concerned that you'd remove something based on such fleeting attention to its value. Was that all? Adhib (talk) 17:52, 20 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I see your assertion, but the image's provenance is not fully settled by the "accreditation". The drawing was supposedly digitized by a curator of The Peace Palace Library Centennial Exhibition, as part of their exhibit, but the identity of the person shown in the drawing seems to me uncertain, with the letter "M." standing for the French honorific "Monsieur." I see no compelling reason why "Monsieur" would be applied to Bloch. More proof is needed. Who was the artist? Was he French? When and where was the portrait done? Did Bloch sit for it, or was it taken from a photograph? Why are we not using such photograph here? Binksternet (talk) 17:59, 20 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You're quite sweet, really. Adhib (talk) 18:35, 20 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Technical, Economic and Political Aspects of the Coming War[edit]

Did Bloch write a work with that title? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 00:46, 4 October 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

His main treatise appeared in so many translations that it's certainly possible your title refers to his six-volume treatise. I've seen it referenced as "The Future of War, in Its Technical, Economic and Political Aspects". Adhib (talk) 17:57, 20 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Naming conventions[edit]

I support the redirect (just), inasmuchas it attempts to bring together the various monickers Bloch was known by across Europe into one central article, and is therefore encyclopaedic in spirit. Apart from Ivan, he was definitely also listed in history books as Ivan, Johannes, Jean de, Jan, and a number of other 'localizations' of his given name. I guess this was common practice in his time, when 'foreign-sounding' names might be seen as an obstacle to having one's work accepted in, eg, France or England. But I don't claim to be an expert on the protocol for Biography hereabouts ... anyone else confirm the best practice? Adhib (talk) 18:55, 1 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]