Thursday, April 20, 2017
Mark Mazower, Ira D. Wallach Professor of History, reviewed books on war and peace by Azar Gat, Martin van Creveld, AC Grayling, and David Armitage in the Financial Times (April 13, 2017).
From the review's opening paragraph:
"This turbulent international scene of ours is starting to resemble one we thought we’d left behind a long time ago. President Donald Trump once professed to be against foreign entanglements. Now he fires Tomahawks into Syria and sends an aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula. In the South China Sea the arms race is accelerating. The air is thick with jets over the east Aegean. With American hegemony challenged by the rise of China, some talk about a return to the late 19th century. We know where that world of jostling great powers ended up: it is not surprising if people have war on their minds."