Benito Mussolini waves to the crowds in Rome in the 1930s (photo: Shawshots/Alamy).
Arts & CultureIdeas
Christopher Sandford
Fascism has proved sufficiently elastic to be used as a term of abuse across the political spectrum.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Christopher Sandford
'The root of Spiritism...is the diseased moral condition of the age,' one Catholic author wrote.
Herman Melville was born 200 years ago this August (photo: Alamy).
Arts & CultureBooks
Christopher Sandford
Melville, who was born 200 years ago this August, was consumed with the issue of humanity’s capacity for good or evil.
Woodrow Wilson, right, sought to implement his famous Fourteen Points at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. The French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau, second from right, viewed them as hopelessly idealistic. (Photo: Alamy)
Arts & CultureIdeas
Christopher Sandford
The treaty’s offhand attitude toward the non-European world stirred up resentments that lingered for decades.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Christopher Sandford
Lawrence’s triumphant arrival in Damascus in 1918 might be said to have been the spark that ultimately ignited a powder keg of factional rivalries and distrust.
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Arts & CultureIdeas
Christopher Sandford
Though ‘lapsed,’ the prolific author was obsessed with the church.
Arts & CultureFilm
Christopher Sandford
In celebrating the centennial of Mitchum’s birth, we are really paying homage to a peculiarly American male archetype.