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  • American History Magazine

    Dialogue: The Founders Thought Globally and Acted Locally

    Jay Winik’s latest book, Upheaval: America and the Birth of The Great the Modern World, 1788-1800 (HarperCollins), is an ambitious history of three disparate yet surprisingly interconnected societies in an age of revolution: America,...

  • American History Magazine

    The First Real Pilgrims

    The oldest known work by a European artist in North America is a watercolor of a near-naked giant, his arm slung around a tiny fop in tights. The giant is chiseled, like a bodybuilder, and covered in tattoos. He wears bracelets and anklets...

  • World War II Magazine

    World War II Travel: Bennwihr, France

    Bennwihr, France, has a different kind of beauty that juxtapositions with it's wartime past...

  • World War II Magazine

    Seeing Ghosts in a Martyred French Village

    France is a pretty country full of pretty little villages. But Oradour- sur-Glane is not pretty. On June 10, 1944, the 2nd Waffen SS Panzer Division Das Reich, 1st Battalion, stormed this village in the Limousin region of southwestern...

  • MHQ Magazine

    How the French Won the American Revolution

    Decrepit ships, snarled signals, and indecision doomed the British at the Battle of the Virginia Capes and secured America’s independence. It is impossible to say who was more astounded that sunny morning of September 5, 1781, when...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Price of Liberation

    In 1944, the Allies freed Caen from the Nazis. But the residents had to wonder: Was it worth the deaths of thousands and the pulverization of their city? In the final year of the Second World War, inhabitants of occupied countries across...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Taking Tarragona

    In 1811, General Louis-Gabriel Suchet sought his marshal’s baton in the breach of a Spanish fortress. On the sweltering afternoon of Friday, June 28, 1811, French engineers surveyed the 10-meter- wide breach in the wall surrounding...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Colonial Good Life

    The Colonial Good Life: A Commentary on Andre Joyeux’s Vision of French Indochina translated, introduced and annotated by Michael G. Vann and Joel Montague. White Lotus Press, 2008. French artist Andre Joyeux served as an art teacher in...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Making of Marlborough

    John Churchill rose from modest means to become first Duke of Marlborough and the greatest general of his time. On the morning of August 13, 1704, an English general stood on a low hill overlooking a nondescript Bavarian village on the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Heist in Cherbourg

    How Israel’s cool-hand naval commandos stole five missile boats from a French shipyard—on Christmas Eve. When France imposed an arms embargo on Israel on the eve of the June 1967 Six-Day War, it marked an end to the Franco-Israeli...

  • Military History Magazine

    Tombs of Memory

    The cultured French town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, is steeped in history—the more recent of which residents would rather forget...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Between Collaboration and Resistance

    Between Collaboration and Resistance: French Literary Life Under Nazi Occupation  At the New York Public Library (nypl.org), Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, New York, through July 25, 2009.  Powerful, evocative, nuanced,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    1914: Marne in the Balance

    France very nearly failed to repulse Germany’s mammoth initial invasion. But it did, leading to a slaughterous long-term war of attrition. The Battle of the Marne was a close-run thing. It confirmed the elder Helmuth von Moltke’s...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Another Contemptible Little Army?

    It’s a cardinal sin of warfare to underestimate the enemy, but Germany did exactly that as it sized up U.S. military power in World War I...

  • Military History Magazine

    Verdun: Tale of Two Forts

    The German troops who swarmed over two key French fortresses protecting Verdun anticipated a tough fight. They were only half right. When the German army attacked Verdun, France, on Feb. 21, 1916, it ran up against a ring of 18 large forts...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Broadway’s Fighting Priest

    Lt. Col. Francis P. Duffy U.S. Army DSC, DSM, Légion d’honneur, Croix de guerre France, 1918 Only two men are honored with life-sized statues in New York’s Times Square, epicenter of the American theater industry. The statue on the...