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Analysis and Commentary

19th Century France Was More Free Trade Than Britain

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The quotes that follow are from “Conversations with Tyler: John Nye.” I’ve enjoyed a huge percent of these conversations between Tyler Cowen and various people. But this is by far my favorite for the insights of the guest. The whole thing is well worth reading.

Defending the Nation: Resources

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

It is unremarkable to observe that America will fight a future war against an enemy much stronger than Islamist terrorists. War continues to be a central feature of world history due to the immutable nature of the human being. Understanding this, the leaders of all nations maintain armies to protect their nation states.


Niall Ferguson: Networks And Power

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Long Now Foundation
Monday, November 19, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson analyzes the structure and prospects of “Cyberia” in the endless battle between hierarchy and networks that has wrought spasms of innovation and chaos throughout history.

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Area 45: Iran – Will Protests Lead To Progress? With Abbas Milani

mentioning Abbas Milanivia Area 45
Monday, November 19, 2018

Will sanctions and protects lead to a sea of change in Iran?

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Narcotic Culture: A History Of Drugs In China, By Frank Dikötter, Lars Peter Laamann, And Zhou Xun (2004)

featuring Frank Diköttervia Not Even Past
Monday, November 19, 2018

The opium myth is one of the most important pillars of the conventional narrative of modern Chinese history. According to the myth, opium is presumed to be a highly addictive narcotic and highly harmful to its users’ health, and Great Britain used its military superiority to impost the shameful opium trade on China and turn it into a nation of opium addicts who were “smoking themselves to death while their civilization descended into chaos.”

In the News

International Conference On Genocide Integrates Holodomor Studies

mentioning Norman M. Naimarkvia The Ukrainian Weekly
Friday, November 16, 2018

The Holodomor featured prominently at an international conference on genocide held at the University of Toronto on October 20-21. Organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta) and the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), the conference culminated with the Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture on October 21.


‘Churchill: Walking With Destiny’ Review: A Life At Full Pelt

by Tunku Varadarajan with Andrew Robertsvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 16, 2018

[Subscription Required] Some of the best accounts of Churchill’s life were written by Churchill himself, setting his biographers some daunting competition. How do you write more eloquently than a man who wrote prose so fine it was deemed worthy (in 1953) of a Nobel Prize in literature?

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Strategika Issue 55: The Structure of World Power

via Strategika
Friday, November 16, 2018

Strategika Issue 55 is now available online. Strategika is an online journal that analyzes ongoing issues of national security in light of conflicts of the past—the efforts of the Military History Working Group of historians, analysts, and military personnel focusing on military history and contemporary conflict.

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University’s First Human Rights Minor Reflects On Experiences As A Student

mentioning Norman M. Naimarkvia Stanford Daily
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Alina Utrata ‘17, the first Stanford graduate with a minor in human rights, visited the Handa Center on Tuesday to share her experiences at Stanford and as a master’s student in the U.K. “The Handa Center was one of the most important – if not the most important – parts of my undergraduate experience,” Utrata said.

Related Commentary

America on Top

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has been the lone superpower that, if it’s so willing, can exert preponderant influence over the global, geostrategic, and geopolitical order. In a true sense, a bipolar or multi-polar world order whereby the U.S. is of equal status and influence with another “pole” or “poles” does not really exist.


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.