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Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
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Inside Stalin's Head

by Norman M. Naimarkfeaturing Stephen Kotkinvia Reason
Sunday, February 1, 2015

We all think we know Stalin. He was the brutal and vengeful dictator of the Soviet Union from the late 1920s until 1953, when, mercifully, he died before he could do any more damage. He was the instigator of forced industrialization and collectivization, taking his country down a dead-end path to modernity from which its heirs are still trying to recover.

Sound Money, Sound Policy

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

These are the keys to restoring the Fed and our economy.

Taylor Jones cartoon

“The Enemy Is Not Waiting”

by General Jim Mattisvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

America is engaged in a clash not only of arms but of ideas, according to a man who understands both kinds of combat.

Taylor Jones cartoon

Omens from the Seventh Century

by Edward N. Luttwak via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The early caliphate so idealized by Islamists was no golden age, but a time of instability and violence.

Hesitating, and Lost

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Obama administration inherited a Pax Americana—a stable and largely peaceful global order—and then threw it away.

Taylor Jones cartoon

From Drones to Zeppelins

by Andrew Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Conventional forces will always be relevant, while dazzling new weaponry may quickly become obsolete.

Taylor Jones cartoon

Are We Reliving 1914?

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

There are disturbing parallels—and heartening differences.

The Afterlives of Empires

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

World War I may have destroyed empires, but their internal tensions lived on. Why today’s little wars are the direct descendants of the Great War.

Australian War Memorial Photo Collection / Captain Frank Hurley

Myths of the Great War

by Mark Harrisonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The statesmen of 1914 knew how terrible the conflict would be—but they marched all the same.

The Bill of Wrongs

by Andrew Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Visitors to the National Archives, please check your reverence at the door.

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The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.