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 …
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)
“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 …
“Barry Strauss’s new book is a fun and exciting examination of the events leading up to and involving the great battle, as well as the fallout afterward.” A review of my The War that Made the Roman Empire by David Kindy on HistoryNet.
“Barry Strauss, America’s foremost popular classicist, brings the story of Actium to life in ways that rival and surpass Shakespeare’s tragedy Antony and Cleopatra and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra…” A review of The War that Made the Roman Empire by Paul Krause in Merion West.
As Russia blasts its way through Eastern Ukraine via artillery, it is worth remembering that there is a more elegant and efficient way to wage war, and one that often spares life and property, namely, the indirect approach. Consider the Battle of Hattin, for example.
Join me for my book launch talk this spring in Cornell’s prestigious Chats in the Stack series on The War that Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian at Actium.
Barry talks to Ancient History Fangirl. Join us as we deconstruct this battle, paint a vivid picture of ancient war at sea, and tackle the one question everyone’s asking: why did Cleopatra flee the battlefield?
As the fighting in Ukraine shows, wars look clearer in retrospect than they do in real time.
Will it happen fast enough to stop China? And will Taiwan’s friends, above all, the United States, be willing to pay the price to protect it? We may well find out, and soon enough.