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Jews, Comic Books And Superheroes

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Jews, Comic Books And Superheroes

The death of Stan Lee at the age of 95 on November 12 reminds us of the outsized role of American Jews in the development of low to middlebrow cultural industries such as comic books and Hollywood films in the 20th century. Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922 in New York City, the son of […]

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Should All Nationalism Now be Considered Evil?

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Should All Nationalism Now be Considered Evil?

For as long as I’ve been teaching university courses on nationalism, the literature in the field has contrasted civic and ethnic nationalism. The former was seen as liberal and inclusive, while the latter, in which sovereignty was based on ethnic self-determination, was viewed somewhat suspiciously. It had, some felt, the potential of veering off into […]

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The Stab-In-The-Back Myth

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The Stab-In-The-Back Myth

World War I was, without a doubt, the costliest mistake ever made by international leaders. It dragged on for four years and cost some 16 million lives. It also destroyed the European political order, bringing four dynasties to their knees, as the Austro-Hungarian, German, and tsarist Russian empires all collapsed, along with the Ottoman Empire. […]

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What Will Become Of Ataturk’s Legacy?

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What Will Become Of Ataturk’s Legacy?

The founder of the modern Turkish state, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, died eight decades ago, on November 10, 1938. But is his legacy now being buried alongside him in his Ankara mausoleum? Ataturk, known originally as Mustafa Kemal, built the Turkish Republic on the ruins of the decayed Ottoman Empire, which was defeated and stripped of […]

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Hitler’s War On German Culture

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Hitler’s War On German Culture

November 9 marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the pogrom ordered by Adolf Hitler in which more than 1,000 synagogues were set on fire or destroyed, and at least 91 Jews murdered, in more than 1,000 cities and towns across Germany. Most articles and books about Hitler deal with his antisemitism and military aggression. But Hitler […]

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Polish Independence After A Century

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Polish Independence After A Century

For the long-suffering Polish nation, which had lost its sovereignty by the end of the 18th century, the end of World War I entailed more than an end to the fighting. November 11, 1918, the date of the armistice that ended what was then called The Great War, also provided a promise to recreate a […]

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Oman Plays A Role In Mideast

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Oman Plays A Role In Mideast

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel made a surprise visit to the Arabian Peninsula Sultanate of Oman October 25-26. It was part of his campaign to gain support from Persian Gulf states in Israel’s conflict with Iran. He said that Israel has moved closer to the Gulf Arab countries, while Iran criticized the visit, saying […]

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Notorious Holocaust Denier Passes On

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Notorious Holocaust Denier Passes On

The death of the notorious Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson on October 21 at the age of 89 reminds us that this form of antisemitism has been a problem for quite a while. I presented a paper on the subject, “Control of the Past as Control of the Future: Denials of the Holocaust,” at a conference […]

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History Repeats Itself At Harvard

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History Repeats Itself At Harvard

A landmark lawsuit alleging that Ivy League Harvard University discriminates against Asian American applicants goes to trial in October, thwarting months-long campaigns waged by the university to avoid a courtroom fight. Filed by the group Students for Fair Admissions, it asserts that Harvard uses “racial balancing” to artificially determine the demographic breakdown of each incoming […]

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Journalism Is A Dangerous Craft

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Journalism Is A Dangerous Craft

When I was in Washington earlier this year, I visited the Newseum, a seven-level, 250,000-square-foot museum featuring 15 theaters and 15 galleries about the history of the media. For anyone interested in newspapers and journalism, this is a wonderful place to visit. One of the most dramatic exhibits is its Journalists Memorial, which pays tribute […]

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