May 2, 2015   It was 1967. The war in Vietnam was raging.  I was 24 years old, just out of graduate school in New York City.  Cambridge University had accepted me to do a doctorate history.   But no. In a burst of youthful patriotism, I concluded it was every [...]


April 25, 2015   It’s good and right that we commemorate the mass killing in the Ottoman Empire during World War I of between 500,000 and 1.5 million Armenians.    Many nations now call the slaughter of 1915-1916 as “genocide.” This week the 100th anniversary of the notorious event was [...]


 April 19, 2015   One hundred years ago this month -April 1915 – the Allies and Germany were stalemated on the Western Front.   Winston Churchill, the young, ambitious First Lord of the British Admiralty proposed a scheme first advanced by France’s prime minister,  Aristide Briand.   The best way for [...]