Thingish Things

Real(ly) Clear History

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Jan• 30•12

Some years ago, a newspaper began publishing in Pennsylvania called Old News. It is now available exclusively online.

Old News provides exactly what its name suggest, old news. Each month, it focuses on a few historical stories and tells them as if they are new and breaking.  Great idea.

Today I noticed for the first time that the Real Clear Politics line, which includes Real Clear World; Real Clear Markets , Real Clear Sports; Real Clear Religion, and Real Clear Science, now publishes a  Real Clear History section.  From what I can tell, it includes the best writing on random historical topics, covering today the Tet Offensive of 1968, Japanese barbarity in China in the 1930’s, and a feature, Trajan: One of Rome’s Greatest Emperors.”

Great addition. It’s important to know what’s going on today.  But sometimes, it’s more important to know what happened yesterday.

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