A Piece of History Between Each of the Countries Paired in the World Cup’s Round of 16

One of the great things about sports is that it allows countries to compete against each other without resorting to annoying things like killing and maiming. (Well, usually.) Olympics aside, the quadrennial World Cup is the most high profile example of the soccer pitch becoming a proxy battlefield, psychologically if not practically, to help exercise old… Read More A Piece of History Between Each of the Countries Paired in the World Cup’s Round of 16

#16. Napoleon

“I used to say of him that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men.” –Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1831 Last month, I wrote about a man who grabbed control of his country, conquered a continent, turned the great powers against him, and inadvertently redirected the West’s destiny. That man… Read More #16. Napoleon

History to Historical Figures: A PPFA Top Five

I’ve long been fascinated by a certain historical calculation: how have certain historical figures viewed the distance between themselves and even older historical figures? In other words, how old would some historical events and people look to later people of history? And what would be the equivalent today? Would we be surprised by how recent… Read More History to Historical Figures: A PPFA Top Five

The Implications of Trump’s Rising Polls

One year ago, I wrote about President Trump’s inevitable rise in the polls. I brought up how Democrats organized protests throughout President Nixon’s first term before he earned his 49-state re-election. I noted President Reagan’s early unpopularity — even worse than Trump’s right now — before he, too, won 49 states.  And now, Gallup has given… Read More The Implications of Trump’s Rising Polls