The Communist Manifesto revisited

Imagine what would happen if, in the year 2000, a publisher decided to mark the 75th anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf by issuing a handsome new commemorative edition, designed

The Smithsonian Confusion

This fantastic exhibit plan, which featured forty-three photographs of Japanese suffering during World War II as against three photos of American wounded and dead, soon drew the ire of various

Vulgarizing Bad History

The ripple effects of the “Enola Gay” controversy continued to work their way through American culture this past summer. In the week before the Hiroshima anniversary, Peter Jennings of ABC-TV

God, Man, and H. L. Mencken

Mencken: A Life. By Fred Hobson. Random House. 650 pp. $35. H. L. Mencken, My Life as Author and Editor. Edited with an introduction by Jonathan Yardley. Knopf. 450 pp.

The New Human Rights Debate

In spite of, or perhaps because of, the horrors of the twentieth century, the cause of “human rights” has become one of the most powerful forces in contemporary world politics.

A Troublesome Declaration

That staying power derived in part from the follies committed by Eleanor Roosevelt when she led the drafting of the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the basic

Hawks and Doves Revisited

  The Bridge on the Drina, which won its Bosnian Serb author, Ivo Andric, the 1961 Nobel Literature Prize, should be required reading for anyone trying to think seriously about

Understanding Terrorism

In his revised 1987 study The Age of Terrorism, Walter Laqueur of the Center for Strategic and International Studies identified eleven misconceptions about terrorism whose ubiquity in the press and

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

At the beginning of the year 1993, it is a particular pleasure for me to receive the good wishes which in your name His Excellency Ambassador Joseph Amichia has so

Antigone Meets Joan of Arc

Contemporary American feminism has never known quite what to do with the war/peace debate. One faction argues that equality requires women in the military to go into combat. Another faction

Peace, Liberty, and Land Reform

During the worst days of the early 1980s’ debate over U.S. policy in El Salvador, Roy Prosterman of the University of Washington Law School was a marked man. By both

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