History In The News Lecture #1: The Long War: 1870-2012: Why Germany Finally Won Europe


German Problem: The current argument between Germany and Greece is part of a larger historical challenge of integrating German dynamism peacefully within Europe- something that proved impossible in 1870, 1914 and 1939, and was made possible thereafter only by common fears of Soviet communism, the division of Germany, NATO and the EU- all of which either are not, or soon may not be, operative.

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Journalists like to think that they’re writing the first rough draft of history, but in fact, their stories often just recycle forgotten plotlines from long-ago conflicts. In History in the News, noted historian Victor Davis Hanson shows how today’s headlines tend to reflect yesterday’s news, whether they concern Germany’s resurgence or America’s cultural influence or the challenge of fighting an enemy who does not play by the rules. Confucius had it right: To learn about the future, study the past.

This is Lecture #1 in an eight-part series from PJ Media’s Victor Davis Hanson Lecture Series Collection.

History In The News was written by author and historian Victor Davis Hanson. The video was produced by PJ Media, LLC (www.pjmedia.com) and is offered on Amazon.com.