Post Archives from the ‘History’ Category



Grey Eminence

Posted on: July 8th, 2012 by
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by Aldous Huxley

Most people know Cardinal Richelieu as the architect of France's foreign policy during the reign of Louis XIII and the Thirty Years' War.  Less well-known is his right-hand man, Father Joseph du Tremblay, the subject of Aldous Huxley's biography Grey Eminence, Continue reading the story "Grey Eminence"

Thucydides: The Reinvention Of History

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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Donald Kagan

Since it was written, the prism through which we study the Peloponnesian War has been Thucydides’s History. Virtually everything we know about the war, we know through his writing. It was Thucydides who established the first recognizable historical standards, eschewing myth and Continue reading the story "Thucydides: The Reinvention Of History"

Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Lars Brownworth

I’ve always been a sucker for the Byzantine Empire. The eastern outpost of what was once called Christendom, the last remnant of the old Roman Empire, slowly melted away on the maps, until in 1453, it gets winked out altogether. (The timing of Continue reading the story "Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization"

Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by James McPherson

On this, the 200th Anniversary of perhaps our greatest President - I'm still holding out for Washington, but perhaps that's on the basis of his entire body of work - it's worth considering his role as Commander-in-Chief. Not merely as described in Eliot Continue reading the story "Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief"

The Founders On Citizenship And Immigration

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Edward Erler, Thomas West, and John Marini

Last year’s immigration debate left quite an impression on the body politic. It certainly left an impression on the Congressional switchboard operator. But for all the sturm und drang, the discussion barely left the realm of conventional partisan Continue reading the story "The Founders On Citizenship And Immigration"

Winston Churchill

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by John Keegan

Churchill is in fashion again. His wartime leadership made him one of the character studies in Supreme Command. He's been used as a model of executive leadership. He and Reagan have been the subjects of a joint study. The one limitation of all Continue reading the story "Winston Churchill"

The Rubicon

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Tom Holland

The fall of the Roman Republic has gotten a lot of attention recently, with ABC and HBO both producing series on the subject. The Founders were intimately familiar with the story, and tried to frame the Constitution, both in federalism and in the Continue reading the story "The Rubicon"

A War Like No Other

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Victor Davis Hanson

Why do we still care about the Peloponnesian War, 2500 years after it ended? Because it became the prototype war for death struggles between ideologies. With the possible exception of the Punic Wars, the Roman wars of conquest were primarily political and Continue reading the story "A War Like No Other"

Supreme Command

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Eliot A. Cohen

Almost everything you think you know about the civilian-military relationship in a democracy is wrong. Sure, you know that the military needs to be subordinate to the civilian. But what, exactly, does that mean? You think you know that the politicians should Continue reading the story "Supreme Command"

Churchill On Leadership

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by
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by Steven Hayward

Why should business leaders study Churchill, a political leader. Steve Hayward notes that Churchill's leadership was primarily during wartime. So he may have more lessons for business leaders, who are always in competition, than for politicians, who more often seek consensus. Compare, for Continue reading the story "Churchill On Leadership"