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. […]

Germany to Greece: Drop Dead

Germans have chosen to work; Greeks have chosen leisure. For this reason, Germans are furious with Greece for accumulating an unsustainable debt burden and thereby undermining the solidity of the European currency. But the self-righteous anger in Berlin may itself call into question the political basis of the Euro.

What Obama Might Learn from the Past: Bending History in the Direction of Justice

It is the nature of the political process that presidents campaign outside history and must then live within it. For Barack Obama, this meant promising a speedy withdrawal from Iraq, a stronger focus on defeating Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, firm but respectful relations with Russia and China, engagement with opponents like Iran, and progress with our […]