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The Streets of Mogadishu

The Streets of Mogadishu

N. W. Collins— “Every American has seen the shocking images from Somalia,” President George H. W. Bush commenced the live address from the Oval Office.1 Announcing the new mission to… READ MORE

Why the Crusades Matter

Why the Crusades Matter

Christopher Tyerman— The crusades offer features to fascinate and disturb modern audiences. Surviving evidence–literary, archival, archaeological, visual and material–allows access in some detail to individual experiences as well as large… READ MORE

Rome’s Secret Disrupter

Rome’s Secret Disrupter

Peter Stothard — Marcus Licinius Crassus was in his early sixties in the summer of 54 BCE, fit but old for a Roman army commander, red-cloaked and almost ready to… READ MORE

The Cookery Book

The Cookery Book

Helen Fry— During wartime women were a valuable source of intelligence-gathering because they could move much more freely in occupied countries than men. They used their “invisibility” to gather and… READ MORE

Ep. 120—A Global History of Wars

Ep. 120—A Global History of Wars

In this episode of the Yale University Press Podcast, we talk with award-winning sociologist Michael Mann about his new book, On Wars. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Soundcloud

Are Wars Rational?

Are Wars Rational?

Michael Mann—  Most wars have been irrational in terms of means or ends or both together. This is because choices for war are influenced by emotions, ideologies, domestic politics, and… READ MORE

The Tripolar Problem

The Tripolar Problem

Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr.— The past year has witnessed the continuing decline in U.S.-China relations. Last February, Chinese president Xi Jinping declared his friendship with Vladimir Putin had “no limits,”… READ MORE

The Prayer of Usama ibn Munqidh

The Prayer of Usama ibn Munqidh

John D. Hosler— It began as a typical visit to Jerusalem for Usama ibn Munqidh. On this trip, which probably took place in 1140, Usama moved easily through the city,… READ MORE

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