World War I Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

The Other Great War

Rudyard Kipling’s World War I-era book contains surreal and haunting similarities to today’s pandemic.

The Progressive Advocacy of Tribal Honor

The alternative to a world of nations is not the benign “globalisation” that was a by-product of the end of the Cold War and now looks, in retrospect, like a Golden Age. It is a reversion to the more feral and primitive version of honor which preceded the emergence of the modern nation-state.

A Century After the Armistice

As a military matter, World War I may have ended a century ago. The devastating cultural effects of the Great War are still being felt today, though.

The Presbyterian Minister’s Son

Woodrow Wilson’s myth remains vexed and unsettled. He persists, in American memory, as a sort of botched paragon—a man who remains almost irritatingly alive and imperfect and somehow touching. The respect that he deserves is complicated—and so is the contempt.

Kraus Revisited

Vienna in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was a hotbed of genius, and the arch-journalist, poet, and playwright Karl Kraus presided over this efflorescence of art and thought, knowing everything and everybody, making all the right friends and all the right enemies.