NATO move to deter Russia foolish and dangerous

Penny Von Eschen, professor of history at Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences and expert in the Cold War, says NATO’s attempts to increase troops in Eastern Europe is at odds with both immediate and longer historical contexts. Bio: http://as.cornell.edu/penny-von-eschen-0   Von Eschen says: “Expanding NATO forces as a deterrent to Russia is foolish […]

Hiding weapons in civilian areas is nothing new in warfare

Recent reports from the Middle East about Hezbollah putting command posts and weapons in civilian areas may shock some, but such actions are nothing new in the history of warfare, says Barry Strauss, professor and chair of the Department of History at Cornell University. Strauss says: “The report that Hezbollah is positioning weapons and command […]

Tubman on the $20 bill mirrors American self perception

Ed Baptist, professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University and author of the recent book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” says the result of the “Women on 20s” poll to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill reflects how Americans want […]

The end of the American republic? Not so fast

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Oct. 14, 2013  The end of the American republic? Not so fast, says ancient Rome scholar Barry Strauss, chair of the Department of History at Cornell University, editor of “The Princeton History of the Ancient World” series and author of 11 books on military history with a focus on Greece […]

Turkish protests could turn into fight over identity of country, says historian

CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS OFFICE June 3, 2013 Turkish protests could turn into fight over identity of country, says historian Mostafa Minawi is an assistant professor of history at Cornell University focusing on Turkish and Middle Eastern history. He comments on the daily protests currently sweeping Turkey. He says: “The divisions in the group of protesters, […]