History

The Small Nations and European Reconstruction
The Small Nations and European Reconstruction

In 1942, Christianity & Crisis argues the importance of preserving and incorporating smaller nation-states when reconstructing Europe after World War II.

Star Wars 40 Years Ago American Renewal Responsibility Patriotism
“Star Wars” 40 Years Ago

The rhapsodic public reception that Star Wars received 40 years ago in America, even as it was originally banned in the Soviet Union, was part of a larger, slowly emerging renewal of American confidence in its democratic principles and in its global responsibilities.

FDR and the Liberal International Order
FDR and the Liberal International Order

Nigel Hamilton’s Commander in Chief reveals Franklin Roosevelt formulated at a very early phase a clear vision for how a liberal international order should look post-World War II.

The Battle for Mosul and the End of History
The Battle for Mosul and the End of History

In the city of Mosul, gasping through its fifth month of urban warfare, two histories of the world are crossing.

Once the Shooting Stops: U.S. Military Forces in the Aftermath of War Review of Drawdown: The American Way of Postwar
Once the Shooting Stops: U.S. Military Forces in the Aftermath of War

Drawdown: The American Way of Postwar is a fascinating analysis not of how the U.S. fights wars, but what it does in their aftermath.

Understanding the War of 1812 Book Review
Understanding the War of 1812

As public attention shifts to the anniversaries of the two World Wars, the War of 1812 is becoming forgotten again, and now seems an ideal time to survey the landscape of new books written in the (roughly) decade surrounding its sesquicentennial.

Vichy France
Marine Le Pen, France, & the Holocaust

Leading French National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has sparked controversy by claiming France bears no responsibility for French police collaboration in the 1942 Vél d’Hiv arrest of 13,000 Jews, who were shipped to their demise at Auschwitz.

Syria & American DNA

It’s been widely noted that the U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airbase seem at odds with Donald Trump’s electioneering opposition to American intervention. But there should be little surprise.

A Costly Education: Great War Lessons on Democracy, Trade, and Arms Races
A Costly Education: Great War Lessons on Democracy, Trade, and Arms Races

The Great War, which America entered a century ago this month, offers lessons for us today on democracy, trade, and arms races.