Category Archives: Politics

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Race and Reunion”


Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. By David W. Blight. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001. One of the most powerful elements of historical study in the last thirty years is the nature of memory. The analysis … Continue reading

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A Typology of Empires throughout History


I have been studying quite a lot about empires of late; their commonalities, differences, and circumstances. They may all look different, but a remarkably similar in perception. Merriam-Webster defines an empire as: a (1): a major political unit having a territory of … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World”


The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World: Southern Civil Rights and Anticolonialism, 1937-1955. By Lindsey R. Swindall. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014. This is a moderately interesting, marginally satisfactory study of two organizations operating between the 1930s and … Continue reading

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Comments on the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 (Public Law 75-706)


I recently participated in a discussion of educational materials to be prepared for helping to understand the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower, president between January 1953 and January 1961. Eisenhower, whether one agrees with his policies or not, was a consequential … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb


A couple of years ago I published on this blog the following discussion of the decision to use the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. On the seventieth anniversary of this defining event in human history I am calling … Continue reading

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Forty Years Since the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project


Forty years ago a great adventure took place. It was one that changed the course of history. In the middle of a forty-year the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union the heads of the two rival … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Great Warming”


The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations. By Brian Fagan. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2008. Is there anyone who is not familiar with the concept of global warming? Or, if one wants to use a less … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Socialcide®”


Socialcide®: How America Is Loving Itself to Death (A Psychospiritual Exploration). By Leo J. Battenhausen. Suwanee, GA: Faith Books and MORE, 2014. Leo J. Battenhausen, a social worker and counselor, has written a thought-provoking book on the current state of … Continue reading

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Stimulating Aerospace Capabilities in America


Historians five hundred years hence may well characterize successful human flight, and all that followed in both air and space, as the most significant single technology of the twentieth century. Has it fundamentally reshaped our world, at once awesome and … Continue reading

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Do We Need to Renew the Promise of American Life?


I was struck while rereading Herbert Croly’s 1909 political manifesto, The Promise of American Life, about its continually important message. Croly was a leading figure in the Progressive Movement of the first two decades of the twentieth century, a political philosopher, … Continue reading

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