Thursday, June 23, 2011

Things that don't seem to make the headlines/things fall apart

Yesterday was the seventieth anniversary of the German invasion of the Soviet Union -- and, you might say, the beginning of the Allied victory over Nazism -- though that unpleasantness at Pearl Harbour six months later also had no small effect.  Some details here.

In a related anniversary, here's a thoughtful essay about the actual collapse of the Soviet Union, fifty years after Hitler's failed attempt at bringing it about.  It wasn't Ronald Reagan's doing, says this scholar from the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

Update, June 24:  The Second World War claims another casualty.  After 662 daily posts following the war's events live+70 years, the sole author of World War II Day By Day has been overwhelmed by the scope and scale of events and is "taking a break."
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