Tag Archives: World War I

Thinking Aloud: “Midnight at the Pera Palace,” The Book

June 27, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Georgetown University history professor Charles King.  King tells the story of Istanbul, and by extension Turkey, through the first half of … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Armenian Genocide: Why Obama Won’t Say the Words”

“Armenian Genocide: Why Obama Won’t Say the Words” The Christian Science Monitor, April 24, 2015 http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2015/0424/Armenian-genocide-why-Obama-won-t-say-the-words-video “As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama promised, if elected, to refer to the Turkish mass killing of Armenians that began in 1915 as … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Gallipoli Centennial

Apr. 22, 2015 by Darius  This Saturday will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of one of the most infamous military disasters in Western military history: the Gallipoli Campaign.  Let’s revisit the stupidity that led to the deaths of … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Middle East That Might Have Been”

“The Middle East That Might Have Been” The Atlantic, February 13, 2015 http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/the-middle-east-that-might-have-been/385410/ “In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson dispatched a theologian named Henry King and a plumbing-parts magnate named Charles Crane to sort out the Middle East.  Amid the collapse … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Putin and Russian Power in the World: The Stalin Legacy,” Part I

Dec. 2, 2014 by Darius  Yesterday, I attended a talk by Russia expert and Princeton professor Stephen Kotkin about the first volume of  his exhaustive biography of Joseph Stalin.  Kotkin spoke both about Stalin and his era and about contemporary … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Armistice Day, Poppies in London

Nov. 11, 2014 by Darius  Today is Armistice Day in Europe, marking the end of World War I.  Given that 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, this year’s Armistice Day has been especially poignant. … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Midnight at the Pera Palace”

Sept. 22,  2014 by Darius  Yesterday, I saw Georgetown professor Charles King discuss his new book Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul.  Midnight at the Pera Palace tells the story of Istanbul between the end of World … Continue reading

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