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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Part I The Second World Wars with Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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How the first global conflict was fought and won.

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Trump’s Fate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Plenty of people in ‘flyover’ country like not only Trump’s message — and actions — but also Trump, the loudmouth messenger.

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Part I: The Second World Wars With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

How the first global conflict was fought and won.

Analysis and Commentary

China's New Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, November 23, 2017

China is following the same path to regional hegemony that Japan did in the 1930s.

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Why Do These Wars Never End?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Weaker enemies, by design, do not threaten stronger powers existentially; ‘proportionality’ means stalemate. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Destiny Of Cities: Throughout History, Forces Both Natural And Human Have Made Cities Rise And Fall

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Jewish World Review
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

As the world steadily grows more urbanized, with 50 percent of its population no longer rural, it is more important than ever to ask how cities either perish or manage to survive. The question can be hard to answer. 

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America's Indispensable Friends

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, November 16, 2017

As long as the U.S. remains good to weaker but humane states located in dangerous neighborhoods, it will remain great as well.

Analysis and Commentary

Let Down At The Top

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Our Baby Boomer elites, mired in excess and safe in their enclaves, have overseen the decay of our core cultural institutions.

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Remembering Stalingrad 75 Years Later

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Seventy-five years ago this month, the Soviet Red Army surrounded — and would soon destroy — a huge invading German army at Stalingrad on the Volga River. Nearly 300,000 of Germany’s best soldiers would never return home. The epic 1942-43 battle for the city saw the complete annihilation of the attacking German 6th Army. It marked the turning point of World War II.

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The Year That Changed History

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In 1942, a series of decisive events changed the course of the war, and the Axis powers lost their gamble.

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