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The New Old Frontier Of Islamist Terror

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Monday, April 5, 2021

Largely ignored for years, the hyper-violent Islamist terror in northern Mozambique has begun to receive international attention—now that Western oil and gas projects are threatened.

The Next Great Plague

by Williamson Murrayvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

During the past year, the globe has gone through a time that to most of its people, at least in the developed world, has appeared to be an entirely new experience. A plague of considerable virulence has rippled across the world and resulted in the deaths of millions as well as untold damage to national economies.

Thoughts On The Fragility Of Civilization

by Williamson Murrayvia Military History in the News
Thursday, March 25, 2021

A 2017 Norwegian-Irish film (The King’s Choice) examines the hard choice that the nation’s monarch, Haakon VII, confronted in the dark days that followed the German invasion of his country on April 9, 1940.

The Assault On Our Past

by Williamson Murrayvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The assault on our past continues unabated. In its efforts to further “racial healing” in something called the “historical reckoning project,” the City of Chicago is deciding whether to eliminate some forty plus statues from its environs.

The Remnants Of The Confederacy

by Williamson Murrayvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Perhaps there was nothing more troubling during the dismal events of January 6, 2021 than the picture of the bedraggled individual carrying the battle flag of the Confederacy through the hallowed halls of the Capitol. Only a few days before the Congress of the United States had called for the renaming of U.S. Army forts in the South which carried the names of Confederate generals, a measure that had passed over the veto of President Trump.

Questions Remain At A Mass Grave In Holland

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Monday, February 22, 2021

The discovery of a mass grave of 81 British soldiers from the War of the First Coalition in Holland has focused attention on a conflict that seems to contradict some of what is assumed about coalition warfare, and poses a central question about the early days of the Revolutionary Wars of 1792-97: Why did the Allies do so badly against the French in the Netherlands?

Is Nord Stream 2 Penance For World War II?

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Military history burst onto the news last week with the statement of President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany justifying the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany as an apology for Operation Barbarossa, Hitler’s invasion of the USSR in 1941.

Who Was The Warrior King At Sutton Hoo?

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The newly-released movie The Dig starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan, based on the superb novel of the same name by John Preston, has focussed attention on one of the great mysteries of Anglo-Saxon history: who was the great warrior who was buried in his warship under the mound at Sutton Hoo?

The Puzzle Of Rome’s Lost Legion

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Monday, February 1, 2021

One of the great mysteries of history has re-emerged this week: the fate of the Roman Ninth Legion (Legio IX Hispana), which seemingly disappeared around AD 108, never to be seen or heard of again.

Compelling Peace

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Military History in the News
Monday, October 26, 2020

Between October 12 and 19, 1895, British Major General Sir Bindon Blood, K.C.B., after a bloody four-month campaign, accepted the surrender of the Mamund tribe of India’s Northwest province, along with that of its Afghan allies. The British had prevailed.


Wars, terrorism, and revolution are the daily fare of our globalized world, interconnected by instantaneous electronic news.

Military History in the News is a weekly column from the Hoover Institution that reflects on how the study of the past alone allows us to make sense of the often baffling daily violence, not by offering exact parallels from history, but rather by providing contexts of similarity and difference that foster perspective and insight—and reassurance that nothing is ever quite new.