History News Network | Israel needs to acknowledge the reasons for the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.
History News Network | What We now Know About the Birth of Israel Thanks to the Opening of British MI5 Archives
This is an interesting interview with Bruce Hoffman, author of Anonymous Soldiers. Here is one of the questions he answers: “In the preface to Anonymous Soldiers, you ask the question, ‘does terrorism work?’ What are the circumstances and factors that enable some terrorist campaigns to succeed and others to fail based on the lessons from the Irgun and Lehi’s campaigns?” Read the entire interview here:
History News Network | What We now Know About the Birth of Israel Thanks to the Opening of British MI5 Archives.
“The War over War” |History News Network
History News Network | The War over War.
History News Network | This Is When Muslims in the Middle East Turned to Extremism
History News Network | This Is When Muslims in the Middle East Turned to Extremism.
The First Victims of the First Crusade – NYTimes.com
Reflecting on the current religious violence Susan Jacoby turns to the history of the Crusades for insight. But it is not the Christian conflict with the Muslims that she finds most useful; instead she turns to the Crusades first victims: the Jews. To Jacoby, the Christian attack on the Jews “highlights several elements analogous to the actions of modern terrorist groups. These include attempts at forced conversion; the murders of women and children; and the imposition of financial penalties on coerced converts who try to remain in their homes.” From this comparison she concludes: “What we actually see today is a standard of medieval behavior upheld by modern fanatics who, like the crusaders, seek both religious and political power through violent means. They offer a ghastly and ghostly reminder of what the Western world might look like had there never been religious reformations, the Enlightenment and, above all, the separation of church and state.” You can read the entire article at The New York Times:
The First Victims of the First Crusade – NYTimes.com.
History News Network | Terror in Paris – An Analysis
History News Network | Terror in Paris – An Analysis.
History News Network | Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers
This December 25 will be the hundredth anniversary of the Christmas Truce that occurred during World War I. An event worth celebrating! Usually most “outbreaks of peace,” as Adam Hochschild points out, are not celebrated but “the anniversary of this one is being celebrated with extraordinary officially sanctioned fanfare.” The fact that this event “did not represent a challenge to the sovereignty of war” and is receiving significant support from European governments and the Football Association [soccer] explains why this particular event (and not other peace promoting events) will be celebrated. While Hochschilds supports the celebration of this event he thinks that we should celebrate peace and peacemakers more often. He suggests:
History News Network | Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers.