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Embers of War

Fredrik Logevall (Harvard University)

Sometimes when you read about the past, the course of history seems inevitable. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Fredrik Logevall cautions, “We have to remember that to the decision-makers of the past, the future was merely a set of possibilities.” In other words—there are always choices. Logevall’s works trace the roots of the Vietnam War, uncovering the points along the way when decisions were made and history was determined.

28 mins

The Graves of WWI

Lynn Rainville (Sweet Briar College)

You may think you know the basics of World War I: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, trench warfare, and the Treaty of Versailles. But Lynn Rainville argues that the significance of the Great War is found in its lesser known aspects.

11 mins

Recording War Stories

Gregory Saathoff (University of Virginia)

World War II veterans are now sharing their stories with a group dedicated to recording the memories of the once-young men who fought for America. Gregory Saathoff is part of the program called ParadeRest that is archiving these video testimonials.

13 mins


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