Walter Moss

Walter G. Moss is a professor emeritus of history at Eastern Michigan University. His most recent book is An Age of Progress?: Clashing Twentieth-Century Global Forces (2008). For a list of all his recent books and online publications, including many on Russian history and culture, go here: http://people.emich.edu/wmoss/pub.htm

Terrorism, Patriotism, War, and Cultural Identity

Terrorism Patriotism War

Walter Moss: In Moral Imagination’s dozen essays David Bromwich focuses on important topics: terrorism and war, patriotism, cultural identity, 9/11, the American character, Abraham Lincoln, Edward Snowden and the decline of privacy, and the arrogance of U.S. foreign policy as demonstrated by Dick Cheney and others.

Where Is the Passion for Peace?

Ukraine Peace Talks

Walter Moss: Today, as conflicts and bloodshed occur in Ukraine (and Gaza, Syria, and elsewhere), we wonder why in the past century we have advanced so little in our ability to prevent such senseless wars.

What New US-Russia Relationship Could Look Like

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Walter Moss: A new Russia policy is necessary not only because of the present tensions surrounding Russian-Ukrainian relations—important as they are—and because our adversarial relationship is hurting us in many ways , but also because our relations with Russia remains vital to our global interests.

Aging: Myths, Reality, and Nonsense

Myths about Aging

Walter Moss: We are not doing anyone—ourselves or members of younger generations—any good by equating old with bad and young with good. Every age has its plusses and minuses and should be embraced with all the joy and aliveness we can muster.

What’s Next? The Ukrainian Crisis 2.0

Ukrainian Crisis

Walter Moss: The top priority for many Ukrainians, west and east, is overcoming economic misery and political corruption and unresponsiveness to their problems. And Poroshenko has recognized that unemployment and poverty have exacerbated discontent in the east and elsewhere.

Politics and Humor: Reflections on Robert Gates’s Duty

Robert Gates

Walter Moss: “I think a sense of humor and a sense of the absurd reflects a balance and a perspective on the world that is very healthy. Of all the presidents that I worked for, there are only two who had no discernible sense of humor: Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. I rest my case.”

Are We Starting Another Cold War over Russian Actions in Ukraine?

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Walter Moss: The most basic Ukrainian problem is not Russian interference in Ukrainian affairs—which no doubt exists—but the absence of a strong national consensus among Ukrainians. What strengthening may result from proposed constitutional reforms and a new presidential election scheduled for 25 May, provided they occur, is unknown.

Why the Right Is Not Always Wrong

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Walter Moss: One of the saddest realities of the last six years has been that with President Obama we had a president who wished to work in a pragmatic, bipartisan fashion with Republicans in order to further the common good, but they were too uncompromising to cooperate.

Global Warming, Waste, and Greed

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Walter Moss: In keeping with our unrestrained consumptiveness, the commonly accepted basis of our economy is the supposed possibility of limitless growth, limitless wants, limitless wealth, limitless natural resources, limitless energy, and limitless debt.

Crimea and the Dark Side of Self-Determination

Crimean Self-Determination

Walter Moss: If we are to avoid in our present century much of the bloodshed characteristic of the previous one, any such slogans, including self-determination, have to be constrained by a hierarchy of other values. Among them peace, empathy, and tolerance are not the least important.

What Is Progress and Are We Progressing?

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Are We Better Off — We need to ask ourselves whether on a global scale at the end of the twentieth century people were better off than at the beginning of it.

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