Sep 1, 2020
To Rebuild or Restore Notre Dame
France Gets the Spire It Seems to Want
Aug 10, 2020
COVID Is a Great Time to Revisit Sartre
The secret to overcoming existential despair.
Jul 21, 2020
The Strange Defeat of the United States
A French Historian’s Message for Pandemic Times
Jun 29, 2020
Montaigne Fled the Plague and Found Himself
As disease and war ravaged the nation, he left town and invented the essay.
May 23, 2020
When the Plague Came to Athens
Apr 9, 2020
Leaders and Hotels in Times of Global Crisis
A leader steps up at time of war. Seen by many as the country’s savior, he is decried by others as the nation’s doom. The object of unquestioning devotion or unwavering...
Mar 27, 2020
The Plague That Brought Athens Low
Want to know how disease can permanently alter a society? Read Thucydides.
Mar 23, 2020
Macron Uses Coronavirus to Reboot His Presidency
This week, Emmanuel Macron reinvented himself. In a televised address on the coronavirus epidemic, the man who began his presidency two years ago as a liberal Europeanist reappeared...
Mar 4, 2020
Coronavirus and the French Kiss of the Cheek
When Dooley Wilson, playing the role of Sam in the classic film “Casablanca,” croons to Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman that “a kiss is just a kiss,” he...
Feb 27, 2020
The Polanski Affair
In late February 1895, the French artillery officer Alfred Dreyfus found himself at sea. Several weeks earlier, a military court had found him guilty of treason. Soldiers marched him...
Feb 4, 2020
The Infallibility of Popes and Presidents
In an era of seismic political and economic change, he rose to the world’s most visible seat of power. He roused the passions of those who felt ignored by political elites. He...
Jan 29, 2020
What Ancient Greece Has to Teach About Impeachment
Rarely has history felt as relevant as it has since the start of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Rummaging through the past to make sense of the present, politicians...
Jan 10, 2020
Trump's Napoleon Moment
When Crimes Become Blunders in an Acquiescent Court
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