We all agreed that the discussion in the comments this week was exemplary. Indeed many of the comments were so substantial as to warrant a post of their own. We salute the discussion of War in Crimea, 19th-Century Russia and the response to the post about the Cossacks as the “student choice” winners for this round. Thanks to everyone who responded with queries and elaborations this week. You editorial team looks forward to a terrific semester of debate and enlightenment.