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How Civil War Ignites

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Military History in the News
Monday, August 26, 2019

On August 10, 1932, General José Sanjurjo, commander of Spain’s army and former commander of its Civil Guard, declared rebellion against Prime Minister Manuel Azaña’s government. The General treated the Prime Minister as a Leftist enemy, and the Prime Minister treated the General as a monarchist enemy. Both were correct. Both were trying to use the government to harm their least favorite causes and people. The rebellion failed. The General was condemned to death, but only exiled. The level of mutual hate was yet insufficient for civil war. That changed.

Analysis and Commentary

With The Old Breed

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Claremont Review of Books
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

In the world of ancient Greece and Rome, collective reverence for the war dead helped explain why hoplites and legionaries fought so fiercely.


The German–Soviet Non-Aggression Pact: A Bad Deal, 80 Years Ago

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Hitler–Stalin alliance upset the balance of power and undermined military deterrence. The rest is history.

Analysis and Commentary

Soldiers As Price Takers

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

There didn’t seem to be much sense to getting killed. The war went on at its own slow, deliberate pace, and if he got himself killed it would make no difference one way or another to anyone but himself, and to his family, perhaps. Whether he was dead or not, at exactly the same moment of the twentieth century the armies would move, the machines in which the real fighting finally took place would destroy each other, the surrender would be signed . . . Survive, he remembered desperately from the lumber file, survive, survive . . .

In the News

Big Story About A Tiny Woman, Harriet Tubman

mentioning Elizabeth Cobbsvia The Miami Times
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

You are the Big Kahuna. The Boss, the One in Charge, maker of decisions and teller of things to do. You’re the Big Cheese with all the responsibility and you ain’t bad at it. So how would you do if, as in the novel, “The Tubman Command” by Elizabeth Cobbs, the very lives of soldiers, women, and children were in your hands?


No, This Isn’t The Fall Of Rome

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, August 12, 2019

“A republic, madam — if you can keep it.” That was supposedly Benjamin Franklin’s reply to a woman who asked him the result of the Constitutional Convention after it adjourned, in 1787.

In the News

'Hello Girls' Documentary Tells Story Of Women On The Front Lines In WWI

featuring Elizabeth Cobbsvia
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
An errant Google search and a last-minute, fortuitous find at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., made James Theres’ documentary “The Hello Girls” come together.
Hoover Institution Archives Poster Collection, MX 17
In the News

Course On Latin America And The Cold War Brings High School Educators To Campus

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Stanford News
Monday, August 5, 2019

California high school social science and history teachers gathered at Stanford recently to take part in a professional development course on Latin America and the Cold War.


Niall Ferguson: Trump's China Stance 'Woke America Up' To Potential 'Cold War II'

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Fox News
Sunday, August 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses President Trump's tough stance against China and the Sino-American trade imbalance that has alerted the American public to the second Cold War with China. Ferguson notes that China is both an economic and strategic threat.

In the News

Trump Opens The Door To Chaos As Landmark Treaty Expires

quoting George P. Shultzvia Houston Chronicle
Friday, August 2, 2019

On Friday, a nonproliferation pact that underpinned three decades of global security will collapse. In 1987, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which led to the removal of more than 2,600 U.S. and Soviet nuclear and conventional ballistic missiles - specifically, ground-based weapons systems with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (310 and 3,417 miles). That proximate distance, and the fact that they could hit their targets within 10 minutes, made such missiles the source of constant miscalculation fears during the Cold War era.


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