How Weak Should America Want Russia to Get?

By the end of the first week of the war, Russia’s underperformance was clear. Vladimir Putin was less a strategic…

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How Theodore Roosevelt Mediated the Russo-Japanese War

In 1904, war broke out between Russia and Japan after long-simmering tensions. Western feeling was that the Russians would crush…

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How The Vladimir Putin Myth Shattered in 7 Days

For over 20 years, Russia’s leader has assumed a carefully-constructed persona: the Vladimir Putin myth. He was Russia’s latter-day Czar,…

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Gan Ying Walks the Silk Road from China to Rome: Will He Make It?

It is the first century AD. Han China and the Roman Empire are the two “superpowers” of east and west.…

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How Alexander the Great Asserted His Authority

Because he was such a force of nature, we tend to think that Alexander the Great’s accession to the throne…

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The Sword of Rome: Marcus Claudius Marcellus

It is late 216 BC. The Romans have just suffered a catastrophic defeat at Cannae. 40,000 Romans were packed in…

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Ahhotep – Egypt’s Forgotten Warrior Queen

The darkest days of Egypt tested the country’s women as much as its men. Seqenenre, Kamose, and Ahmose are all…

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A Time to Try Men’s Souls: Egypt’s Second Intermediate Period

If ever there were a time when things seemed hopeless for men who loved their country, Ancient Egypt’s Second Intermediate…

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Khasekhemwy: Egypt’s Re-Founding Father

Darkness clouds the land of Egypt. The two lands are divided once again, as Horus and Set renewed their eternal…

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