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The Fight Of Our Lives

featuring Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson, Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, February 9, 2018

“Civilizations, empires, great powers, can fall apart very fast. Collapse can come suddenly, like a thief in the night. And we should be very wary of assuming that our civilization, the civilization of the early 21st century West, will oblige us by declining gradually.” That warning from noted historian Niall Ferguson is the opening and the theme of the vital new documentary The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War Against the West from filmmaker Gloria Z. Greenfield.


Polish Backslide On Holocaust Is Morally, Legally Troubling

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Hill
Friday, February 9, 2018

In 1905, Spanish poet and philosopher George Santayana wisely remarked: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." In 2018, it appears that the Polish government has suffered an incurable memory lapse now that it has enacted legislation that aims to punish — with up to three-year prison sentences — those who commit the unspeakable crime of using the three words: "Polish death camps," or, even worse, suggest "publicly and against the facts" that Poland had collaborated with the Nazis in the extermination campaign that left millions of Jewish people dead.

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Networks Rule

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Swarajya Magazine
Friday, February 9, 2018

Niall Ferguson has emerged as one of the finest historians of recent times. His ability to avoid fashionable leftist jargon, look with equal ease upon broad patterns as well as upon individual contributions, and his humanist concerns, all lead to his emergence as a scholar and a stylish writer in the tradition of Gibbon. His most formidable accomplishment consists of repeatedly exploring and explaining to his readers the institutional, technological, political, economic and individual elements which have gone into the making of the modern world. He has on occasion been an unabashed defender of market capitalism and an admirer of technological progress. But his defence is both magisterial and eloquent — not shrill or hysterical.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "A Comeuppance For Obama's Presidential Center."

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Fall In Love With Historical Romance

mentioning Elizabeth Cobbsvia Chaska Herald
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a not so “steamy” historical romance.

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The Real Lesson Of The Thirty Years' War For Today

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Thirty Years’ War in the German states between 1618 and 1648 has been invoked repeatedly in discussing the Syrian conflict, with commentators focusing on the multiple sides in the struggle and the interference by great powers. While those are surface similarities, there have been plenty of multi-sided conflicts and competitive great power interventions. The real lessons we might take to heart are that it’s far easier to get into conflicts that mingle dynastic ambitions, competing faiths, and quarrelsome ethnicities than it is to get out of them; that extended periods of warfare impose disproportionate casualties on civilian populations; and that late entrants have the best chance of winning.

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Shelby Steele On “How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country”

interview with Shelby Steelevia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, February 8, 2018


Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Shelby Steele analyzes contemporary race relations in the United States.

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The Libertarian: The Nunes Memo And The Mueller Investigation

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Is the GOP's intelligence memo a bombshell, a dud, or something in between?

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Poland’s Holocaust Law Is A License To Whitewash History

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Irish Times
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

They are placenames that will chill the heart for centuries to come: Auschwitz, Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek. They are the death camps where the genocide of European Jewry was perpetrated during the second World War in a crime known as the Holocaust.


Niall Ferguson: The Age Of Networking

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Agenda (TVO)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his new book The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, From the Freemasons to Facebook. Ferguson explains the significance of social networks and how they have challenged the power of hierarchical institutions throughout history. He also discusses the outsized role companies such as Facebook have had on our lives.


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.