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military history


  • Breaking Lincoln's Promise

    by Shannon Bontrager

    Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address demanded that Americans keep the memory of both the Union dead and their cause alive and "hot." The cooling of that memory has enabled backlashes against justice through history, and today. 



  • Trump’s Doubts about the Military have Deep Roots in Both Parties

    by Michael Kazin

    Recent media discussions of Trump's remarks about war veterans and indifference to visiting a World War I memorial should prompt deeper thought about the antiwar movements of the right and left that the Great War created. Opposition to war can be rooted in very different values and advance different ends.


  • The Pentagon is Missing the Big Picture on "Stars and Stripes"

    by Mark T. Hauser

    The Pentagon's plan to scrap funding for the Stars and Stripes newspaper isn't just an attack on a historic military institution. It's ignoring the lessons the paper's history offers for efficient operation and integrating military operations with the economic life of the nation. 



  • In 2020, Eisenhower is a Lantern in the Dark

    by Derek Chollet

    The opening of a monument to Ike in Washington is occasion to remember his commitment to the idea that American national strength depended on internal harmony and justice. 



  • The Environmental Costs of War

    The effort to secure and refine aluminum ore for war materiel was environmentally damaging and previews the globalized impact of commodity supply chains. 



  • Regrets? Even Brent Scowcroft Had a Few

    In an oral history released after his death, the former national security adviser revealed a few key moments in which his ideas failed in the war against Saddam Hussein.    


  • Trump's Removal of Troops from Germany Follows a Trend

    by Michael Creswell

    While Trump's decision to halve the contingent of US troops in Germany has drawn bipartisan condemnation, critics should recognize that whether the decision is wise or foolish for today's context, it is in line with decades of efforts to shift the burdens of collective security onto NATO allies. 



  • Psychiatry and Homosexuality Draft Exemptions During the Vietnam War

    by Natalie Shibley

    Although many gay rights organizations argued that the exclusion of homosexuals from the armed forces was unconstitutional and discriminatory, several of the same groups also offered advice to gay men who wanted to be disqualified from military service.