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Who Carried the Burden in the Second World War?

by Williamson Murrayvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Over the past several decades, as historians have unraveled the archives of the Red Army after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the new narrative of the history of the Second World War that has emerged has emphasized the fighting on the Eastern Front as the crucial theater of the war in Europe. Certainly, the casualties that the Soviet peoples endured were far beyond the losses the Western Allies suffered, while the fighting on the Eastern Front contributed substantially to breaking German ground forces. Yet, an overemphasis on Soviet casualties, no matter how impressive, fundamentally distorts the extent of the effort that the Western Powers waged against the Third Reich.

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The Libertarian: The Beauty Of Roman Law

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ancient Rome created a body of law more sophisticated than anything the world had ever seen — and it’s still relevant today.


George Will On The Conservative Sensibility

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, September 16, 2019

George Will talks about his new book, The Conservative Sensibility, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Will argues for a conservative vision that embraces the dynamic nature of life. Topics discussed include the current political landscape, the American founding, James Madison's vision of government vs. Woodrow Wilson's, Friedrich Hayek, and of course, a little baseball.

In the News

The Case Against Reparations

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Merion West
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Reparations for slavery aren’t just a bad idea; they are an abysmal idea. On Juneteenth, or June 19th of this year, Congress held a hearing to discuss Bill H.R. 40 and the possibility of reparations for slavery. Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee, invoking the historian Ed Baptist: “enslavement ‘shaped every crucial aspect of the economy and politics of America, so that by 1836 more than $600 million, almost half of the economic activity in the United States, derived directly or indirectly from the cotton produced by the million-odd slaves.” 

In the News

Condoleezza Rice, Philip Zelikow Reflect On Cold War, 9/11 And What’s Ahead

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia UVA Today
Thursday, September 12, 2019
One day after the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recalled that day and the immediate aftermath in the White House.
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On the Eightieth Birthday Of WWII

by Williamson Murrayvia Military History in the News
Monday, September 16, 2019

Eighty years ago this month the most catastrophic war in history broke out. On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded her neighbor, Poland. From before dawn German shells and bombs fell across the breadth and width of the country. Despite the obvious buildup of military forces on the other side of the frontier, the Poles had not fully mobilized because British and French statesmen worried that such a mobilization might encourage Hitler to go to war—as if he needed any encouragement. In every sense, the German invasion of Poland proved to be a disaster for Poland, a disaster exacerbated by the willful policies of appeasement that the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had fostered over the previous two and a half years.

Analysis and Commentary

9/11/2001 And The 18 Years Since Then

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Today we remember September 11, 2001 and all that has happened in the 18 years since then.

In the News

In Chicago, Former Defense Secretary James Mattis Recounts 9/11, Warns Of Internal Divisions As Threat To Nation

featuring General Jim Mattisvia Chicago Tribune
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Appearing in Chicago on the 18th anniversary of 9/11, former Defense Secretary James Mattis recalled how he first heard about the terrorist attacks on his car radio while a brigadier general in the Marines, newly arrived at Camp Pendleton from a senior post in the Pentagon.


Condoleezza Rice Talks New Book That Compares The Cold War To Present Day

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Fox Business
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses her new book To Build A Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth, as well as the issues with China and the trade war.  


Condoleezza Rice Remembers 9/11 On 18th Anniversary

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia MSNBC Today Show
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses 9/11 as well as her new book To Build A Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth.


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