Fidel Castro: Power, Tyranny, and…Kleos?

This morning I woke up to hear the news that Fidel Castro, the longtime leader of Cuba, had died at…

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National Glory, National Peril: The Story of Roman Globalization

The Roman Republic experienced its aristeia, its great moment of national glory, after emerging victorious from the Second Punic War,…

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A King in Queen’s Clothing: Elizabeth I at Tilbury

What is the true measure of good leadership? Is it intelligence? Is it the ability to negotiate, persuade, and cajole…

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A Famous Victory: Marlborough Laying It All On the Line at The Battle of Blenheim

312 years ago, a great battle was fought on the banks of the Danube River in southern Germany. At stake:…

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How an Ancient Pharaoh Warped Reality: The Tale of Ramesses II & The Battle of Kadesh

Those who impose their wills on the world and are forever remembered by posterity think big. Thinking big is a…

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How Harry Truman Outworked Certain Defeat in 1948

If Harry Truman had listened to the pundits in 1948, he may well have imposed on himself a constraining, self-fulfilling…

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Of Pimps, Fanatics, and Treason: The Secrets of 2016 Revealed

One candidate is an insufferable bigamist married to a whore. Another is a pimp connected to the abuse of young…

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Akhenaten: History’s First Social Justice Warrior

Totalitarian fanaticism runs a long way back. We may believe that “social justice” warriors are a new phenomenon, but their…

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The Peoples of the Boats

After an era of glitter and grandeur, in which the material well-being of the civilized world reached new heights, a…

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