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Of all the motivations for war, nostalgia is at the top. Longing for an imagined glorious past. We see it not only in Ukraine but in many former empires, like France. And this nostalgia plays itself out in racist nationalist bloodletting everywhere. On this show History Professor Lawrence Wittner talks about the power of nostalgia. The former guy uses it, and the right’s rage against Obama was largely about a perceived decline of America’s past glory. But the climate crisis may help steer the world away from the longing for grand empire. Listen in.

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