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Hoover Book Club, The War that Made the Roman Empire

Watch a discussion between Barry Strauss, the Corliss Page Dean Visiting Fellow and Victor Davis Hanson the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow on Barry’s latest book The War That Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian at Actium.

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Is This an Actium Moment?

Two U.S. warships cruised through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, August 28, in international waters between Taiwan and mainland China. Although the U.S. Navy described it as routine, it was anything but ordinary. It was the first such voyage since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this month. An angry China responded to her trip by launching …

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Omens of War from Actium to Ukraine

As early as December 2021, the White House released intelligence findings that a possible invasion was looming. Two weeks before Russia’s attack on Ukraine in February, foreign diplomats began pulling out of Kyiv. The world took these as omens of war. (Photo: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

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The Siege of Yodefat

“War sometimes takes place in dramatic sites, like the beaches of Normandy; or with a legacy of ruin left behind as a reminder, like the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin; or in places proudly commemorated by later generations, like the monuments of Gettysburg. And sometimes war happens on a lonely hill. You might pass by without noticing the blood …