19 September, 2014
IN BRITAIN, it became known as the “Phoney War” or the “Bore War”. To the French, it was the drôle de guerre or the “strange war”. The Wehrmacht called it Sitzkreig or “the sitting war”.
The first six months of World War Two are often remembered as a relatively tranquil phase of the conflict, particularly when compared to the tumult that would come later.
After a fast and furious campaign in Poland, Hitler’s army stood down. Meanwhile, the western powers' strategy was Read more [...]
17 September, 2014
ZOMBIES ARE BIG RIGHT NOW. You’d have to have been dead yourself these past few years not to have noticed.
Once the exclusive province of cult-movie enthusiasts and horror flick aficionados, the undead have gone mainstream in the 21st Century. They’ve overrun our bookstores, multiplexes and game consoles; their lifeless eyes stare at us each week from our television screens. FEMA has even been tapping into the public’s insatiable appetite for the zombie apocalypse to help raise general Read more [...]
15 September, 2014
MAJOR MEDIA OUTLETS reported last week that President Obama is ordering the U.S. military to execute a new round of air strikes against ISIS targets throughout Syria. The White House is also dispatching an additional 475 troops to Iraq to shore up the nearly 1,200 already in-country.
This widening war against the so-called Islamic State represents the third time in 25 years that Washington has committed troops to the Persian Gulf. While this certainly stands as a grim milestone for war-weary Read more [...]
12 September, 2014
IN HIS 1997 PULITZER-PRIZE-WINNING BOOK Guns, Germs and Steel, author and University of California historian Jared Diamond describes the absurd Battle of Cajamarca.
The clash, which took place on Nov. 16, 1532 in what would later become Peru, saw an 80,000-man Incan army utterly routed by a token force of just 168 Spanish Conquistadores in a matter of minutes.
The violence erupted when the Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, along with a handful of soldiers and mounted horsemen, met Read more [...]
10 September, 2014
By Doug Peterson, University of Illinois
PATRICK R. CLEBURNE, A PROMINENT GENERAL IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY of Tennessee, could see what was happening in the South in the winter of 1864. Rebel forces were outnumbered, the soldiers were demoralized, and the war effort itself was floundering. So one cold January night, Cleburne rode through a sleet storm in northern Georgia to present an audacious proposal to nearly a dozen Confederate commanders.
He recommended that the Southern army let Read more [...]