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Experience

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On July 1, 2008
Ari makes a good point: And furthermore, circling back to and expanding upon Wes Clark’s original point about experience, history is agnostic on whether great warriors make great presidents. In the “yea” column you’ll find George Washington. Because I’m feeling generous . . . . I’ll throw in Teddy Roosevelt. And if you insist that […]

Great War Memories

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On May 29, 2008

John Quiggin, riffing off this Edward Lengel column, suggests that the respective experiences of Europe and the United States in World War I may explain cultural differences on the use of force: In an

Old Bailey, 1674-1913

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On April 28, 2008

Though I’m not a British historian, this is supremely cool. As Sharon Howard explains, the new Old Bailey site not only allows folks to search the records from more than 200,000 trials held at L

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Academy of the Underrated

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On April 9, 2008
Ari at The Edge of the American West points us to this Ilya Somin post that makes the best possible — but I think ultimately unpersuasive — case for Warren Harding as the most underrated American president. The argument rests on two points: (a) that Harding was more racially progressive than any of his post-Reconstruction […]

"The Joys of History"

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On February 7, 2008

I’ll probably have more to say tomorrow about this WSJ article by historian Edward Larson, but one passage strikes me mildly amusing for various reasons: [A] historian at Yale, the presidentR

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