Tag Archives: World War II

Thinking Aloud: “Fatherland”

Feb. 16, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Fatherland by Robert Harris. Fatherland is a detective novel with a twist: it takes place in an alternative history 20 years after Germany won World War II. Xavier Marsh is an investigator … Continue reading

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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: “Politics in Japan: Right Side Up”

“Politics in Japan: Right Side Up” The Economist, June 6-12, 2015, p.33 http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21653676-powerful-if-little-reported-group-claims-it-can-restore-pre-war-order-right-side-up “It is only 18 years old, and its name is innocuous—Nippon Kaigi simply means ‘Japan Conference’.  Yet as one of Japan’s most powerful lobby groups it has a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: 75th Anniversary of Dunkirk

May 23, 2015 by Darius  The next week will mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Dunkirk.  The battle and the mass evacuation that followed were arguably the most important events of the first years of World War II … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: 70th Anniversary of Nazi Surrender

May 7, 2015 by Darius  Today marks the 70th anniversary of the official surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces.  Given that Adolf Hitler had committed suicide a week earlier, the documents of unconditional surrender were signed by Alfred Jodl, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Separatists Revise History of Famine in Ukraine”

“Separatists Revise History of Famine in Ukraine” The New York Times, April 30, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/30/world/europe/ukraine-separatists-rewrite-history-of-1930s-famine.html “Traditionally, Ukrainian historians have characterized the [1933] famine [that killed an estimated 3.3 million people] as a genocide, the direct result of Stalin’s forced collectivization … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “A Ride to Honor Russia’s Past Cuts a Path Through Its Current Conflicts”

“A Ride to Honor Russia’s Past Cuts a Path Through Its Current Conflicts” The New York Times, April 16, 2015, p.A13 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/world/europe/planned-motorcycle-rally-by-the-night-wolves-a-putin-ally-has-poland-on-edge.html “Several hundred leather-clad motorcyclists from the Night Wolves, a club closely allied with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, plan … Continue reading

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