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 hundreds of 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, the latest of which is The Second World Wars (Basic Books), which was released in October 2017. His other books include 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.

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 New Realism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

We’ve removed Saddam Hussein, established a democratic government in Iraq, and transformed the dynamics of the Middle East. “Muscular idealism is the new American realism.” By Victor Davis Hanson.

In-Your-Sleep Moralizing

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, October 30, 2005

The United States may make an easy target for Amnesty International, the United Nations, and the Europeans. But it’s our military that protects Western civilization. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Why We Must Stay

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, July 30, 2005

Why the war in Iraq is not like the war in Vietnam—and why the present conflict must not be permitted to end the way the former conflict ended. By Victor Davis Hanson.

THE BEST DEFENSE: Preventive War

with Victor Davis Hanson, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Stephen Stedmanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, May 26, 2005

In 2002, the Bush administration published a new National Security Strategy, which argued that, in the twenty-first century, it was necessary for the United States not merely to defend itself but to use military force to prevent threats such as terrorist attacks and weapons of mass destruction. Is preventive force just? Is it effective? And what can the biggest example of this doctrine in action, the war in Iraq, tell us about the future of preventive force? Peter Robinson speaks with Victor Davis Hanson, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Stephen Stedman.

Thankless Victory

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Victor Davis Hanson on a war with an odd set of ground rules.

The Real Humanists

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2005

The toppling the Taliban, the overthrowing of Saddam Hussein, and the establishment of democracy in the Arab world represent "the most humane developments in the Middle East in a century." By Victor Davis Hanson.

Process but No Peace

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Policy Review
Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Victor Davis Hanson on The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace by Dennis Ross

If the Dead Could Talk

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

They’d teach us about war. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Year Three

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

The good news? We’re winning. The bad news? We could still lose. By Victor Davis Hanson.

WHO NEEDS THE UNITED NATIONS? Reforming the United Nations

with Victor Davis Hanson, Jane Walesvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 25, 2004

In 2003, the secretary general of the United Nations appointed a 16-member commission to assess the threats to worldwide security in the twenty-first century. The commission came back with a number of recommendations for reforming the UN itself. Is this institution so important that it must be preserved and reformed? Or, given its lack of response to the crisis in Iraq, the ongoing nuclear crises in North Korea and Iran, and the humanitarian crisis in the Sudan, is the UN beyond reform? Perhaps it has outlasted its usefulness. Peter Robinson speaks with Victor Davis Hanson and Jane Wales.

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