Walter Moss

walter mossWalter 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

Why Learning from History Means Saying No to Rigid Ideologies

Rigid Ideologies

*+-Walter Moss: Throughout history religious believers have sometimes become like latter day ideologues in their dogmatic rigidity, in their insistence on possessing “the truth,” in their lack of humility, and in their willingness to even kill those who think differently.

Vladimir Putin: Ideologue, Idealist, or Opportunist?

President Vladimir Putin

*+-View image | gettyimages.com oes President Putin have any deeply held values or is he just a political opportunist willing to sacrifice any principles to political expediency? This is a question often asked about politicians—and not just in Russia. But it is a simplistic one. Most politicians have at least a modicum of principles and […]

Vladimir Putin: History Man?

Russian President Vladimir Putin

*+-Walter Moss: Those in the West who see Putin as essentially the same man he was when he served in the Soviet KGB fail to recognize that, like many other Russians, he has been struggling for almost a quarter of a century to redefine “the Russian Idea,” what Russia is and should be.

Right Versus Left: Culture Wars, Past and Present

Right Versus Left

*+-Walter Moss: Some of the virtues and values that seem especially important in the political realm include the proper mix of realism and idealism, love, compassion, empathy, humility, tolerance and a willingness to compromise, a sense of humor, and creativity. How then do they relate to the culture wars between Right and Left?

Seven Reasons Why We Should Not Send Weapons to Ukraine

Ukraine Ceasefire

*+-Walter Moss: Increasing U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine would hinder cooperation and reduce U.S. abilities to deal with other important matters such as climate change, nuclear arms reductions, terrorism, ISIS, and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Is Pope Francis Too Political?

Pope Francis Visits America

*+-Walter Moss: The charge that the pope is too political is not new and has just intensified in rightwing circles since Rush Limbaugh claimed in 2013 that the pope’s words regarding capitalism were “just pure Marxism.”

Senator Inhofe and the Global Warming Deniers

Global Warming Deniers

*+-Walter Moss: According to a 2013 “Conspiracy Theory Poll” conducted by a respected polling agency, “Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and . . . . 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax.”

Better Guides for Obama’s Ukraine Policy

Ukraine Crisis 2014

*+-Walter Moss: Obama has been too willing to follow hardline advice from those like the hawkish Hillary Clinton and her neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland.

A Plea to My Fellow White American Males

Stop American Wars

*+-Walter Moss: My plea here is not that our nation refrain from ever again sending U.S, troops abroad, but merely that we wAms stretch our minds and hearts and imaginations to other races, genders, and nations, that we become more cognizant and cautious of the terrible sufferings caused by discrimination and wars.