Classicist
Versailles at 100

Versailles at 100

September 3, 2019

One Hundred years after the Treaty of Versailles ended World War I, Victor Davis Hanson argues that the effects of the agreement are widely misunderstood. In this episode, we look at Versailles in the context of the wider war (and the wartime diplomacy of the era), examine the American role in World War I, parse the claim that the First World War was little more than a tragic mistake, and scrutinize claims that modern geopolitical tensions have parallels to those of 1914.

Germany, the Soviet Union, and the Pact That Shaped World War II

Germany, the Soviet Union, and the Pact That Shaped World War II

August 27, 2019

On the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Victor Davis Hanson reflects on how the short-lived German-Soviet treaty shaped the course of World War II — and what it revealed about the leadership styles of both Hitler and Stalin.

Third-World California

Third-World California

July 30, 2019

Victor Davis Hanson explores the factors driving the social, economic, and political decline of California.

Thinking Strategically About Iran

Thinking Strategically About Iran

July 25, 2019

Victor Davis Hanson explains why a change in circumstances since the Bush years necessitate a changed approach to the U.S. relationship with Iran.

Defending the West … from the West

Defending the West … from the West

May 21, 2019

With a new wave of congressional  progressives claiming America is insufficiently committed to social justice, Victor Davis Hanson defends the country’s history of progress — and explains why it was dependent on traditions of western civilization that the critics now denounce.

Understanding Chinese Strategy

Understanding Chinese Strategy

May 16, 2019

Victor Davis Hanson examines the strategic calculations behind China’s economic, political, military, and cultural initiatives.

Can Higher Education be Saved?

Can Higher Education be Saved?

February 7, 2019

Victor Davis Hanson chronicles the factors that have led to the decline of American higher education and considers the prospects for recovery.

Immigration, Assimilation, and the Wall

Immigration, Assimilation, and the Wall

January 15, 2019
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the current debate over immigration and the border wall, arguing that illegal immigration from Latin America actually subverts the goal of a more diverse country.
Making Your Country (or Empire) Great Again

Making Your Country (or Empire) Great Again

December 14, 2018

Victor Davis Hanson takes a historical lens to Donald Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again.” Have such things been done in the past? Have certain gifted leaders been able to arrest and even reverse nations in seemingly inexorable decline? Professor Hanson discusses the small group of leaders he believes met that mandate, and explains what they have in common.

The Things that Divide Us

The Things that Divide Us

November 19, 2018

With the midterm elections underscoring the deep divides in American politics, Victor Davis Hanson gives his diagnosis of the factors driving political polarization.