Showing posts with label History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label History. Show all posts

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Second Battle of Marathon

Huffington Post
Evaggelos VallianatosAdjunct professor of environmental analysis, Pitzer College
Posted: 03/01/2013 4:31 pm
The Second World War was the most destructive and bloody conflict of all times. Large and small countries fought bitterly to the end, killing millions of humans and causing immense devastation of both nature and societies. To some degree, WWII was also a holocaust of civilization.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Victor Davis Hanson: Shrinking wealth is real enemy

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Why do once-successful societies ossify and decline?
Hundreds of reasons have been adduced for the fall of Rome and the end of the Old Regime in 18th-century France. Reasons run from inflation and excessive spending to resource depletion and enemy invasion, as historians attempt to understand the sudden collapse of the Mycenaeans, the Aztecs and, apparently, the modern Greeks. In literature from Catullus to Edward Gibbon, wealth and leisure -- and who gets the most of both -- more often than poverty and exhaustion implode civilization.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sima Qian: China's 'grand historian'

By Carrie Gracie
BBC News, Beijing
Speaking truth to power has always been a high-risk strategy in China. Its rulers tend to prefer flattery, and writers who forget this do so at their peril. China's "grand historian" - 2,000 years ago - was one of many who have paid a terrible price.