Curtis Cate

The late Curtis Cate was the author of The Ides of August, devoted to the Berlin Wall crisis of 1961.

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  • Europe's <em>Kulturstadt</em> for 1999
    March 1999

    Europe's Kulturstadt for 1999

    The train on which I traveled this time from Frankfurt, via Fulda, Eisenach—famous for the Wartburg Castle in which (in 1522) a carefully hidden "heretic" named Martin Luther translated the New Testament from Greek into German.

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  • April 1998

    Illusion and Reality, Then and Now

    Contrary to what Thomas Jefferson and many other 18th-century optimists believed, human happiness is not something that can be methodically pursued.

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  • December 1997

    Letter From Paris: Diana—Goddess of Illusion

    This was one of the first thoughts that occurred to me when, shortly before 8:00 A.M. (French time) on Sunday, August 31, I heard a BBC voice say that Princess Diana had died during the night in a ear crash in—of all places—Paris. This was merely the first in a series of surprises.

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  • The Revolt of the French Masses
    July 1997

    The Revolt of the French Masses

    Charles de Gaulle, on the subject of Algeria: "Pinay, the facts may prove me wrong, but History will prove me right." Finance Minister Anoine Pinay: "But, Monsieur le Président, I thought History was written with facts."

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  • Germans in the Dock
    December 1996

    Germans in the Dock

    The cataclysm came—in the form of the diabolical Reichstag fire and the rigged elections of early March 1933. But by then it was too late to do anything but flee. For those, at least, who had the means to do so.

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  • With the Nietzscheans of Naumburg
    April 1996

    With the Nietzscheans of Naumburg

    The old cathedral town of Naumburg, where Friedrich Nietzsche spent 12 of the first 18 and seven of the last ten years of his life, is located in the southeastern corner of the Land (province) of Sachsen-Anhalt, roughly halfway between Weimar and Leipzig.

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  • December 1995

    Bulldozing into Trouble

    Ever since Franklin Roosevelt unleashed his legislative whirlwind in the winter and spring of 1933, and more particularly in France since 1986, it has become a standard cliché to judge a new government's performance on the basis of its achievements during its first 100 days in office.

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  • The Eunuchs of Yugoslavia
    March 1994

    The Eunuchs of Yugoslavia

    If there is one lesson we should have learned from the history of the past 90 years, it is that minor crises, unless promptly dealt with, almost invariably build up into major international disasters.

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  • August 1992

    Grasshoppers and Ants

    Many American children who are brought up on Mother Goose stories, as well as other fairy tales, may not know that their author was a 17th-century Frenchman, Charles Perrault.

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  • October 1991

    François Mitterrand: Metternich or Gladstone?

    Two troublesome problems have, from time immemorial, bedeviled political regimes of every sort, from the most autocratic despotisms to the most wildly permissive of democracies.

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  • July 1991

    There's No Stopping Progress

    The recent war in the Persian Gulf has at least had the merit of dissipating one or two myths, even if it has also helped to generate new mirages.

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  • March 1991

    The Grand Illusion

    Twenty years from now, when future historians look back at the 1980's, some of them may be tempted to call it the "Decade of the Grand Illusion." For not since les années folles, as the French still call the giddy 1920's, has the Western world lived in such a state of deceptive euphoria.

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  • January 1991

    More Verbal Panache Than Military Muscle

    Twenty years have passed since Charles de Gaulle faded from the scene—for old soldiers, as is well-known, never die.

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  • November 1990

    Two Triumphs of 'Mediacracy'

    Seldom in France's recent history has the difference between what is truly urgent and important and what the public is concerned with been so apparent as during the past twelvemonth.

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  • May 1990

    History Returning at a Gallop

    Although several prominent Frenchmen have suggested that Pope John Paul II has had an equal influence on the tumultuous events in Europe (notably because of his powerful support of the Solidarity movement in Poland), few, I think, can reasonably deny this remarkable Soviet politician's right to this honor.

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  • February 1990

    Modern Pyramids and Ancient Squares

    We were driving past the Pavilion de Flore, which punctuates the southwestern extremity of the Louvre's Grande Galerie, when my neighbor suddenly gripped my arm and exclaimed, "Mira! Estos techos! estas chimineas! Hombre! Estupendo!"

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  • October 1989

    Socialist Nostalgia

    Since May 1981, when they won a sweeping electoral victory in the parliamentary elections, France's Socialists have suffered two sobering shocks which, while they have brought many of their soaring dreams plummeting to earth, have made many malcontents.

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  • July 1989

    Just How Monarchical is Monsieur Mitterrand?

    Ever since Machiavelli, and probably long before that, successful statesmen have known that a plentiful stock of mendacity, as well as guile, are essential for anyone wishing to get ahead in politics.

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  • March 1989

    But Why the "Red Flag" of Revolution?

    I have never been a flag-waver, nor felt much sympathy for howling mobs, particularly when bent on destruction. But since this year, 1989, marks the bicentennial of the world's first and most influential revolution, we might pause to ask ourselves how it is that the once royal, not to say imperial, color of red should in our time have come to symbolize the cause of the downtrodden proletariat.

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  • January 1989

    A Visual Atrocity

    It used to be a pleasure to cross the Seine from the Left Bank to the Right, and to pause for a moment by the Louvre to take in that glorious vista, admired by innumerable busloads of tourists and many others besides . . .

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