LP – Reagan and the End of the Cold War

Ronald Reagan and the End of the Cold War Common Core Standards: RH1, RH2, WHST2 Introduction Students study Ronald Reagan in a variety of important contexts. Students of twentieth-century history study the “Great Communicator” as the voice of the conservative renaissance that took hold of the Western world in 1979; students of American history study […]

A New Cold War at the Water’s Edge?

An essential rule for politicians: always make sure the microphone is off.  On March 26 at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Barack Obama was overheard discussing missile defence with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. With an open mic, Obama told Medvedev “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”[1] Russia currently […]

Liberating the Civil War from American Exceptionalism

In respect to the international dimensions and ramifications of the Civil War, the subject needs to be liberated from the intellectual strait-jacket of American exceptionalism. Instead, it needs to be recognized that this conflict was one of the numerous wars of independence, secession, and national unification which took place from the 1840s to the 1870s. […]