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  • emMoney for Nothingem
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    Money for Nothing

    MIT professor Thomas Levenson discussed how the leaders of the Scientific Revolution applied their new ideas to people, money, and markets and, as a result, invented modern finance. This…

  • QA with Margaret MacMillan
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    Q&A with Margaret MacMillan

    Margaret MacMillan was interviewed about her book Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World, published by Random House. She described then President Nixon’s 1972 trip to China, details…

  • Legacy of 20th Century Wars
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    Legacy of 20th Century Wars

    The authors discussed the consequences, lessons, and legacy of twentieth century wars. Mr. Hatfield moderated the discussion. The panelists responded to questions from the moderator and the…

  • emThe Invention of Yesterdayem
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    The Invention of Yesterday

    Tamim Ansary talked about his book, The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection, in which he explored differing interpretations of history…

  • National History Day We Fight We Sacrifice We Triumph Triumph  Tragedy of Hitler Youth
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    National History Day, "We Fight, We Sacrifice, We Triumph, Triumph & Tragedy of Hitler Youth"

    Three middle school students from Atlas Academy in Waco, Texas, performed in the National History Day junior group finals competition in College Park, Maryland. Their topic was the the…

  • em1493 Uncovering the New World Columbus Createdem
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    1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

    Charles Mann, author of 1491, about the Americas before the arrival of Christopher Columbus, revisits the Americas afterward. The author reports on the European voyages that followed and the transportation of flora…

  • Author Discussion on World History
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    Author Discussion on World History

    Three authors took part in a session of the 2019 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books titled, “Excavating the Past: Writing International Histories.” The panelists and the titles of their books were:…

  • emThe Virtue of Nationalismem
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    The Virtue of Nationalism

    Yoram Hazony argued that having a world of independent nations is favorable to having global governance.

  • emBlack Flags Blue Watersem
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    Black Flags, Blue Waters

    Eric Jay Dolin provided a history of piracy in the America’s in the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • US and Russia in March 1917
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    U.S. and Russia in March 1917

    Journalist and author Will Englund discussed his book, March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution. Mr. Englund details the turmoil and opposition to World War I in Russia that forced Czar Nicholas…

  • emThe Road to Unfreedomem
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    The Road to Unfreedom

    Yale University’s Timothy Snyder talked about the rise of authoritarianism around the world.

  • emThe Marshall Planem
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    The Marshall Plan

    Benn Steil, director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, chronicled the efforts to rebuild western Europe following World War II.

  • Vicente Fox and Nigel Farage Debate Globalism and Nationalism
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    Nationalism Versus Globalism

    Former Mexican President Vicente Fox and Nigel Farage, the former United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader, debated the merits of nationalism and globalism at the University of…

  • emThe Fate of Romeem
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    The Fate of Rome

    In his book, The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire, author Kyle Harper uses innovative geological and genetic research to show how climate change and disease…

  • emOne Long Nightem
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    One Long Night

    Andrea Pitzer talked about her book One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps, in which she provides a history of concentration camps that covers four continents and two…

  • emGorbachevem and emThe House of Governmentem
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    Gorbachev and The House of Government

    William Taubman talked about his book Gorbachev: His Life and Times, about the life of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He was joined by Yuri Slezkine, history professor at the University…

  • Walter Isaacson Discusses New Biography emLeonardo da Vinciem
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    Leonardo da Vinci

    Walter Isaacson talked about his book Leonardo da Vinci, in which he examines the life of the Italian renaissance man. He spoke at the 2017 Miami Book Fair.

  • emThe Internationalistsem
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    The Internationalists

    Professors Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro talked about their book The Internationalists, in which they recall the 1928 Paris Peace Pact, also known as the Kellogg-Briand Pact, that…

  • emBourgeois Equalityem
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    Bourgeois Equality

    Deirdre McCloskey talked about her Hayek Prize-winning book, Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World. She was interviewed at FreedomFest, one of the…

  • Timothy Snyder Discusses emOn Tyrannyem
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    On Tyranny

    Professor Timothy Snyder talked about his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, in which he reflects on how many democracies failed throughout Europe during the 20th…

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