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Thinking Aloud: What’s in a Name? A Fight for the Past

Nov. 19, 2015 by Darius  Over the past month, students on college campuses across the US have protested continuing racism. The protests have been sparked by a variety of local incidents and have resulted in few concrete changes or even … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Cause of All Nations”

July 20, 2015 by Darius  In his book The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War, historian Don Doyle seeks to destroy the notion that the American Civil War was a purely domestic affair.  Instead, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: American Fireworks, Cold-War Style

July 4, 2015 by Darius  If you’re American, there’s a good chance you’ll see some fireworks this weekend as part of Independence Day celebrations.  Half a century ago, though, the US military put on a fireworks display that will probably … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Price of Unity

June 30, 2015 by Darius  As Greece defaults on its debt and perhaps prepares to exit the Eurozone entirely, it is worth taking a moment to realize that this crisis is not unparalleled in history.  While many obvious differences exist, Europe … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Darius’s Rules of International Engagement, #3

June 5, 2015 by Darius  [If you study international relations and political science, it’s impossible to avoid coming across Carl von Clausewitz.  While Clausewitz’s credentials may have been a bit thin in his primary specialty, military theory, he has given … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Writing History

May 2, 2015 by Darius  I spent part of the day today as a judge for a student history contest, evaluating historical research papers.  Here are a few lessons any student of history, young or old, would do well to … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: War’s Ragged End

Apr. 6, 2015 by Darius Later this week, much will be made of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.  However, that’s not the whole picture.  April 9 will mark the anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s … Continue reading

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