Victor Davis Hanson

Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
Statesmanship Award from the Claremont Institute
(2006)
Biography: 

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution; his focus is classics and military history.

Hanson was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California (1992–93), a visiting professor of classics at Stanford University (1991–92), the annual Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Visiting Fellow in History at Hillsdale College (2004–), the Visiting Shifron Professor of Military History at the US Naval Academy (2002–3),and the William Simon Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University (2010).

In 1991 he was awarded an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award. He received the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism (2002), presented the Manhattan's Institute's Wriston Lecture (2004), and was awarded the National Humanities Medal (2007) and the Bradley Prize (2008).

Hanson is the author of some 250 articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history and essays on contemporary culture. He has written or edited twenty-three books, including The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost - from Ancient Greece to Iraq (Bloomsbury 2013); The End of Sparta (Bloomsbury, 2011); The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern (Bloomsbury, 2010); Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome (ed.) (Princeton, 2010); The Other Greeks (California, 1998); The Soul of Battle (Free Press, 1999); Carnage and Culture (Doubleday, 2001); Ripples of Battle (Doubleday, 2003); A War Like No Other (Random House, 2005); The Western Way of War (Alfred Knopf, 1989; 2nd paperback ed., University of California Press, 2000); The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Cassell, 1999; paperback ed., 2001); and Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (Encounter, 2003), as well as two books on family farming, Fields without Dreams (Free Press, 1995) and The Land Was Everything (Free Press, 1998). Currently, he is a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services and a weekly columnist for the National Review Online and PJ Media.

Hanson received a BA in classics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1975), was a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (1977–78), and received his PhD in classics from Stanford University (1980).

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The Regrettable Decline Of Higher Learning

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, February 4, 2016

What do campus microaggressions, safe spaces, trigger warnings, speech codes and censorship have to do with higher learning?

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Lessons From California’s Drought

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The state implemented ideologically driven environmentalist policies that caused millions to suffer.

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Victor Davis Hanson: At Home And Abroad After Obama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Institution
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses deterrence in terms of world affairs and especially after Obama. 

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Forget Trump But Not The Trumpsters

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A disclaimer: Trump is not my preferred candidate. I hope he does not win the Republican nomination. But I understand why millions seem to be mesmerized by his rhetoric. I certainly wish that Trump would not insult rivals and newspeople in callous and uncouth fashion.

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California Of The Dark Ages

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, January 31, 2016

I recently took a few road trips longitudinally and latitudinally across California. The state bears little to no resemblance to what I was born into. In a word, it is now a medieval place of lords and peasants—and few in between.

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Obama Administration Needs To Abandon Its Petraeus Obsession

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, January 28, 2016

In politically driven moods, the ancient Romans often wiped from history all mention of a prior hero or celebrity. They called such erasures damnatio memoriae.

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Heroes and Villains

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

If we start pulling down heroes who are imperfect, we should pull them all down. History is tragedy, and the players always human.

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The New Segregationism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

One of the stranger demands of various campus affiliates of Black Lives Matter was the call for “safe spaces.” That is a euphemism for designated racially segregated areas.

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Either Carry a Big Stick—Or Shut Up!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Western culture is deservedly exceptional. No other tradition has given the individual such security, freedom, and prosperity. The Athens-Jerusalem mixture of Christian humility (and guilt) and the classical Socratic introspection combined in the West to make it a particularly self-reflective and self-critical society, in a way completely untrue of other traditions.

Analysis and Commentary

The Many Contradictions Of Hillary Clinton

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hillary Clinton recently said she would go after offshore tax "schemes" in the Caribbean. That is a worthy endeavor, given the loss of billions of dollars in U.S. tax revenue.

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