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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Pearl Harbor And The Legacy Of Carl Vinson

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, December 7, 2017

His monumental contributions to American security are largely unknown to Americans today.

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Nation V. Tribe

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

America’s unique Constitution is an effort to subordinate the faction to the state.

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Cruelty And Sexual Harassment

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Civilization does not cure men of malice, especially when there are no repercussions for bad behavior.
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Who Watches The Watchmen?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online (The Corner)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

History shows that special counsels almost inevitably overstep their mandates.

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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. 

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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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