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Germans Quietly Pass An Equinox Of Unity, But The Walls Remain

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia The New York Times
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Durs Grünbein was conceived two months after the Berlin Wall was built, in the cold winter of 1961. He spent half his life behind the wall, or, as he prefers to put it: “I spent one life as a hostage and another life free.”

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Wisconsin Filmmaker Creates Documentary Of WWI Female Telephone Operators

quoting Elizabeth Cobbsvia Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Monday, February 12, 2018

They were known as the "Hello Girls" — American women fluent in French and English who answered the urgent call for telephone operators needed in France during World War I.

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How Should We Define International Order In The Modern Era?

quoting Niall Fergusonvia In Homeland Security
Monday, February 12, 2018

Historian and occasional pundit Niall Ferguson recently penned an op-ed in The Global Times, questioning the existence of an international order. 

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If Donald Trump Really Is Like JFK, It Could Get Even Uglier For The Stock Market

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia Market Watch
Monday, February 12, 2018

Last summer, Niall Ferguson, British historian and senior fellow at Stanford University, banged out a laundry list of the president’s shortcomings: He’s a serial adulterer with medical issues that he keeps hidden from the press. He hired a close relative to work in his administration. He’s got a back-channel to the Kremlin. He’s a disrupter who uses modern media to communicate directly to the public. And the prospect of nuclear war under his leadership is more than a little unsettling.

He was talking about JFK, of course. Who else?


Irrationalism In Politics

by James W. Ceaservia The Weekly Standard
Friday, February 9, 2018

It has been over a half-century since the heralded British political theorist Michael Oakeshott published his most acclaimed work, Rationalism in Politics.

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A Classicist’s View Of The Cataclysm

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia City Journal
Friday, January 26, 2018
The general reader, as well as the more scholarly specialist, will feel similarly grateful to Victor Davis Hanson for sharing his insights into the complexities of a war that still has much to teach us. The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won is scholarly popular history at its very best, offering as it does a brilliant overview of the war. It is also full of fascinating detail.
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Stalin Waiting For Hitler 1928-1941 Review: Stalin Needs Allies And Forms Pact With Hitler

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia Daily Express (UK)
Monday, February 12, 2018

The second volume of Stephen Kotkin’s magisterial biography of Stalin fully lives up to its predecessor.

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‘The Square And The Tower’ Chronicles A History Of Modern Society's Complexity

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Saturday, February 10, 2018

In November 2010, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen predicted that governments would be “caught off-guard when large numbers of their citizens, armed with virtually nothing but cell phones, take part in mini-rebellions that challenge their authority.”


Niall Ferguson On Triangulation

interview with Niall Fergusonvia TWiT
Friday, February 9, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses how Silicon Valley has important lessons to learn from history.


Niall Ferguson On Innovation Hub

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Innovation Hub
Friday, February 9, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses what the Russian Revolution can teach us about the power of Twitter, and Ferguson walks us through the history of networks.


Military History Working Group

The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.