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A Monument and an Election

I have the privilege of spending a month living on a hill above one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Rome. My apartment window shows the dawn breaking on marble monuments, bronze chariots and winged victories, with the mountains as a backdrop. Around the corner stands one of the capital’s most beautiful fountains, built in 1612. The …

How Anti-Trade Nativism Wrecked the Ancient Greeks

“How Anti-Trade Nativism Wrecked the Ancient Greeks,” The Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2016 —— How Anti-Trade Nativism Wrecked the Ancient Greeks Cleon was an Athenian demagogue, a shrewd operator known for violence and for getting things done. Today’s presidential candidates are playing recklessly with free trade, alliances and immigration. They are pushing the misguided notion that high trade barriers will restore jobs …

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A Rumble of War

Spring 1941. A young man in a small town in Poland hears the constant noise. In little Staszów, 75 miles northeast of Cracow, you couldn’t miss it – the reverberation of German artillery and armored cars, driving through town night and day, riding through the market square and out Church Street toward the Golejów Forest, on the new road built …

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Barbarians Rising

Barry had a great time doing interviews for History Channel’s new series, “Barbarians Rising,” which has its US and World Premiere at 9 p.m. Monday June 6. The subject is the warriors and rebels who went up against one of the greatest empires in history – Rome. What leadership skills did they display? “You had to be a bit of …

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“MY HONOR FOR MYSELF” – The Liberation of Rome 1944

The Allies marched into Rome on June 4, 1944. Some years ago I asked a US army veteran who was there about his experience. “It was the greatest day of my life,” he told me. “The streets were lined with crowds. Everyone was clapping and cheering: Americani! Americani! Viva gli Americani!” American troops came into town through the Porta San …

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How Anti-Trade Nativism Wrecked the Ancient Greeks

In my latest op-ed, published on May 22, 2016 in the Wall Street Journal, I talk about how insular politics can negatively impact trade and the economy, both through the lens of ancient Greek demagogues as well as the current state of affairs leading up the American Presidential Election later this year. Scroll down to read the full article.   …

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Maskirovka and the Greeks

As Russian jets buzz an American ship and plane during NATO maneuvers in the Baltic Sea, Barry puts it into historical perspective. See his latest post on the Hoover Institution’s Military History in the News.

The Ides of March: A Leadership Epic Fail

Barry Strauss, ‘The Ides of March: A Leadership Epic Fail‘, The Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2016 —– The Ides of March: A Leadership Epic Fail Lessons from Julius Caesar about what not to do when running a company. When it comes to leadership, history offers few more teachable moments than the Ides of March. On that day, March 15, …

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March is for Leaders

       In the ancient world the waters of March ran red with blood. The month of spring was also the month of war. It was the traditional kick-off of the military season, when legions marched and navies sailed. No wonder Julius Caesar planned to start a vast military campaign in the east during March 44 B.C. The Romans knew what …