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Stephen M. Klugewicz

Forrest McDonald did not set out to be a historian. Had he been able to hit a curveball, he would likely have been a professional baseball player. “I believed, and believe to this day,” McDonald...
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The Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead—the Requiem, sometimes called Missa pro Defunctis (or Defuncto) or Messe des Morts—is surely the most dramatic of liturgical forms and has inspired countless composers, from medieval times to the present....

Across the centuries, composers have been inspired by the twin dramas of human conflict and the subsequent making of peace. Here are ten great pieces of classical music that dramatize war, celebrate its resolution, and recall its sacrifices.
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A statue of Titivillus, patron demon of printers, editors, and scribes, watches over an English print house Mankind has long believed in the existence of evil spirits that haunt and torment the living. Tales of demons...
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Jean-Féry Rebel The Ancient Greeks held three notions about the nature of the universe that held sway for centuries over Western scientific and religious thought. The first was that the world was...

History is made through the actions of men and women. In studying the past, it is the historian's job to avoid the provincialism of the present by understanding that events might have developed differently if people had made...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Dr. Stephen Klugewicz as he examines the gift of silence in the tradition of George Washington . —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher

A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War, by Thomas Fleming (Boston: Da Capo Press, 2013) The title of this engaging analysis of the cause of the American Civil War comes from...

When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession, by Charles Adams. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000. This work is a spirited polemic whose central aim is to...

As I write, the fifth anniversary of The Imaginative Conservative is just days away. Since its founding on July 10, 2010, our journal has published nearly 3,500 essays, which, if bound together, would constitute in length the equivalent of...

Once upon a time, it was the Left that conflated support for the military with support for war itself. Infamously, in the 1960s and 1970s, many American combat veterans returning home from the controversial Vietnam War were...
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When determining their programming for the upcoming season, orchestras are wise to choose at least a few classical works that are sure-fire money-makers: "War-horses" like Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, as G.F. Handel's Messiah, P.I. Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and Carl...
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“For John Wilkes Booth, sweeping, grand gestures were a way of life. It was how he navigated his way through this world. The bigger and bolder, the better." —Jesse Johnson, who portrayed Booth in Killing Lincoln Americans tend to...
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Though Handel's Messiah rightly reigns supreme as the king of music for Easter, there are many other seasonal masterpieces that deserve to be heard more often. Here are ten lesser-known classical works that...