History

The other civil war

Applied to film, the phrase “a civil war romance” immediately conjures up images of Gone with the Wind, so I was pleasantly surprised — then delighted — to realize that in the case of The Princess of Montpensier, the civil

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The Devil finds work for idle hands

One of the most interesting ways to pass an hour or two is to visit the National Security Archive site, hosted by George Washington University, which collects and posts declassified U.S. government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act,

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What the turtle stands on

There’s an old but apocryphal anecdote (or very funny joke, if your sense of humour is similar to mine) about a scientist or philosopher (in some accounts Bertrand Russell, in others William James) giving a lecture on modern cosmology. As

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