All History is Revisionist
by James M. Banner Jr.
"The collective noun for a group of historians is an “argumentation,” and for good reason. At the very dawn of historical inquiry in the West, historians were already wrestling over the past, attacking each other."
More War Crimes Will Follow in Ukraine
by Fred Zilian
To those who believed that war and war crimes in Europe in the 21st century had become unthinkable, Thucydides offers us a simple yet powerful statement: “War is a violent teacher.”
SOURCE: Nursing Clio
Thucydides, Historical Solidarity, and Birth in the Pandemic
by Sarah Christine Teets
A classicist reflects on Thucydides' account of the Athenian plague, and concludes that the point of historical knowledge is to empathize, not to strategize.
The Other Thucydides’ Trap
by Fred Zilian
How domestic discord led Athens (and America?) to defeat.
The Trump team is obsessing over Thucydides, the ancient historian who wrote a seminal tract on war
Steve Bannon, H.R. McMaster, James Mattis – they all love Thucydides.
Classicist says historians would make bad policy advisers
by Neville Morley
University of Exeter's Neville Morley weighs in on the suggestion by Niall Ferguson that the White House set up a council of historians.
Why Thucydides Is (Sadly) So Relevant Right Now
by Eric Orlin
“War is a violent teacher, and brings most men's passions to the same level as their circumstances.”
Graham T. Allison Jr.: Obama and Xi Must Think Broadly to Avoid a Classic Trap
Graham T. Allison Jr. is the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — AS President Obama welcomes China’s new president, Xi Jinping, for an informal “shirt-sleeves” summit meeting in California on Friday, the bureaucracies of both governments must be quivering. Each will have prepared a long list of issues for its country’s leader to discuss, from cyberattacks and trade disputes to North Korean antics and competing claims in the seas near China. Talking points have been drafted, and many hope that a historic communiqué is in the works.But if that’s all that happens, this summit meeting will have been a huge missed opportunity. Let us hope that these two leaders will rise above their bureaucracies’ narrow goals to confront the overarching challenge facing the two most important nations in the world.Simply put, can the United States and China escape [the] Thucydides Trap?In 11 of 15 cases since 1500 in which a rising power rivaled a ruling power, the outcome was war. Can Mr. Obama and Mr. Xi successfully defy those odds?...
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