In which Chris basks in the reflected glory that comes with having been a graduate student of a Pulitzer Prize winner… Lamentably still on my to-be-read-over-the-summer list, Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis’ magisterial biography of American diplomat George Kennan was yesterday named the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. Called “an engaging … More Congratulations, John Lewis Gaddis!
Before the beginning of the semester last fall, I wrote a post on the challenges (or, as I called them in the post title, “blessings”) of teaching the same course (Modern Europe) year in and year out. Today, the start of our spring semester at Bethel, brings a different kind of problem: teaching a course … More Human Rights in International History
Last Friday I posted a Wilfred Owen poem, Owen being the greatest poet of World War I and November 11 being the day (a week after Owen’s death) that the fighting on the Western Front ended — and the day that people around the world still commemorate as Remembrance Day (or, in this country, Veterans’ … More Chamberlain and Churchill: Empathy, Judgment, and Hindsight Bias
It’s a pretty uninteresting “week in history,” so I’m going to let that feature take some time off and come back reinvigorated next week. But one event this day in history prompted some reflection: October 24, 1945 – The United Nations comes into being When the five members of the Security Council (USSR, US, Britain, … More This Day in History: Peace vs. Justice
A series of posts taking you day-by-day through a proposed travel version of my course HIS230L World War I. Read the introduction to the series here, or the previous post here. Thursday, January 17, 2013 – Versailles HOLLYWOOD FOR $1200: Which American president was the subject of the 1944 film, nominated for ten Oscars, that … More “The Right Kind of Peace”