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Analysis and Commentary

The Meiji Restoration

by Michael R. Auslinvia Stanford University Press
Monday, October 1, 2018

For Japan, the Meiji Restoration of 1868 has something of the significance that the French Revolution has for France: it is the point from which modern history begins. In this now classic work of Japanese history, the late W. G. Beasley offers a comprehensive account of the origins, development, and immediate aftermath of the events that restored Imperial rule to Japan.

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Remembering The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Simcha Rotem, one of the last-known surviving fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of April-May 1943, died in Jerusalem on December 23, 2018, aged 94. His death prompted a good deal of global coverage, since the story of the Ghetto Uprising—not to be confused with the Warsaw Home Army Uprising of August-October 1944—is an integral one to the story of Jewish resistance to the Nazis during the Second World War.


Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, January 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his article "Oscar Contender Women of the Gulag Meets its First Troll – A Gulag Denier."


Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, January 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses Women of the Gulag.

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Analysis and Commentary

Henderson On Hazlett And The FCC

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, January 7, 2019

Most histories of radio in the United States will tell you that the Federal Radio Commission (FRC)—the predecessor of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—came into being as a necessary response to the chaos that prevailed when signals from multiple radio stations interfered with each other. But according to Clemson University economist Thomas Winslow Hazlett, in his recent book The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone, that story is wrong.

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Silas Palmer Fellow Examines 20th Century Monetary Aid in China

Thursday, December 20, 2018

China, throughout the 20th century, experienced uncertainty and revolution that resulted in radical changes in government. During this time, China also experienced frequent natural disasters (floods and earthquakes) and famines. The effect of these disasters on China’s large population was devastating; people perished, lost their crops, had their houses destroyed, and fled from their homes. 


Oscar Contender Women Of The Gulag Meets Its First Troll – A Gulag Denier

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About (Blog)
Sunday, January 6, 2019

Our documentary film, Women of the Gulag, made the Academy’s short-list of ten documentary films contending for a place in the final five. That Russian-American director, Marianna Yarovskaya, is the first Russian documentary film maker in the history of the Russian Federation to make it so far in Oscar competition has attracted considerable attention in Russian media, especially its liberal sites. It did not take long however before it caught the attention of Russian Gulag deniers. 

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Vietnam War Photo Exhibition In A Surprising Dimension Of Stanford’s Hoover Institution

featuring Hoover Institutionvia San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University, which has never been known for opposing American military intervention, is the last place to expect an exhibition of stark photographs from the lost war in Vietnam.

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How The Electromagnetic Spectrum Became Politicized

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

An account of the FCC's many glaring mistakes. 


Harvey Mansfield On Aristotle, Democracy, And Political Science

interview with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Ricochet
Sunday, December 30, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield discusses what Aristotle has to teach us about democracy, and the relationship between philosophy and politics.


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.