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Camp David: The Past and Future of Peace

Camp David: The Past and Future of Peace

THIS SUMMER, as Israel and Hamas fought their third war in as many years, Israeli delegates and their Palestinian counterparts refused to meet each other in person while they negotiated a ceasefire. T...

The Never-Healing Wound

The Never-Healing Wound

THE NUMBERS continue to astound. Of the more than 47 million men mobilized by the five great powers in 1914 (Austria-Hungary, Germany, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom), about 18.5 million would...

19th Century Paris: Terrorism's Training Ground

19th Century Paris: Terrorism's Training Ground

“AS THE WORLD CHURNS” is the story of our times. We all know the plot line: the revolutionary advances in technology and science, industry and education, communication and transportation that tran...

The Brilliance of "Five Came Back"

The Brilliance of "Five Came Back"

IN THE PENULTIMATE episode of Band of Brothers, the award-winning World War II miniseries from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the soldiers of Easy Company, an infantry company in the United States A...

Hans Fallada

Hans Fallada

NIEDERKIRCHNERSTRASSE IN BERLIN must be the eeriest street I have ever walked down. Its old and notorious name, Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse, pulses through Hans Fallada’s rediscovered 1947 novel Every Ma...

Seeds of Grass

Seeds of Grass

IN LOWER MANHATTAN, artists, writers, actors, boozers, braggarts, wits, political activists, journalists, drug adventurers, and assorted hangers-on congregate at a raucous, welcoming watering hole. Bu...

Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience

KAREN ABBOTT’s Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy features four of the most influential and celebrated women in the Civil War: Belle Boyd, a native of Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), and a Con...

The Era of the Geographically Confused

The Era of the Geographically Confused

MY LIFE IS FUNDAMENTALLY ABSURD: this is a line that engraved itself on my mind after reading Jane Jeong Trenka’s 2005 memoir, The Language of Blood, some years ago. The book documents Trenka’s ex...

Because Our Fathers Lied

Because Our Fathers Lied

If Any Question Why We Died; Tell Them, Because Our Fathers Lied — Rudyard Kipling[1] IN JANUARY 2014, as Europe entered the centenary year of the outbreak of the Great War, the then British Educa...

The 'Inevitable' World War

The 'Inevitable' World War

Gavrilo Princip on a Serbian wall, 2014; photo by Magyar Hírlap. Today is the 100th anniversary of the day Britain declared war on Germany.  ¤ IT IS, PERHAPS, INEVITABLE that 100 years after the...

Varieties of Hatred

Varieties of Hatred

WHY DID THE Nazis kill the Jews? Nearly 70 years since the end of World War II, the causes and meaning of the Holocaust remain as high on historians’ agendas as ever. Over the years, a wide range o...

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and American Militarism

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and American Militarism

FLYING ON AUGUST 6, 1945, without any fighter escort over a devastated nation with no remaining antiaircraft defenses, the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay was unmolested on its long way to drop an atomic...