History

October 30, 2014

False Messiahs: Napoleon

David Hulme

From humble origins Napoleon Bonaparte, the “Little Corporal,” had become a neo-Roman ruler in the style of Julius Caesar. Just how did he do it?

October 3, 2014

False Messiahs: Mao Zedong

David Hulme

The violence of Mao Zedong’s rule in 20th-century China remains unsurpassed in modern history. Why and how do false messiahs continue to haunt the world?

August 21, 2014

False Messiahs: Caesars Old and New

David Hulme

From ancient Babylon and Rome to Berlin and Beijing, false messiahs are part of world history. What can we learn from them? How might we recognize the next ones?

A War to End All War

Spring 2014

A War to End All War

Edwin Stepp

H.G. Wells is remembered primarily for his science-fiction works, but he also coined a phrase that for a century has been linked with World War I. As the world marks the centennial of that war’s fateful beginning, we ask: Can a war end all war?

Of War and Peace

Spring 2014

Of War and Peace

Martin Coates

Today, as the world marks the 100-year anniversary of the conflict’s fateful beginning, World War I continues to be fertile ground for authors. Vision reviews three new books on the subject.

February 25, 2014

Inside the Middle East

David Hulme

Events in the Middle East continue to feature in world news as they have for more than a century. Is it possible for the peoples of this region to be reconciled? Can cooperation and lasting peace be achieved?

Heliopolis: A City of Two Tales

Winter 2014

Heliopolis: A City of Two Tales

Daniel Tompsett

Underneath the modern Cairo suburb called Heliopolis lie the remains of one of the most important cities of ancient Egypt. That Heliopolis may be long buried, but its influence lives on and, perhaps more surprisingly, its future is bright.

December 14, 2012

Truth or Tradition?

David Hulme

In his 2012 book, Pope Benedict acknowledges that the traditional Christmas story is not accurate in many respects. Scholars have been pointing this out for decades, but does it really matter? Why should truth trump tradition?

November 13, 2012

Jerusalem: At Peace or in Pieces?

David Hulme

Jerusalem remains a crucial factor in the Middle East and in world politics. The name Jerusalem means “city of peace,” but will the city ever live up to its name?

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