C.S. Lewis and Reinhold Niebuhr on the Russian Invasion of the Crimean Peninsula

A Pilgrim in Narnia

It seems so archaic, so ancient, so 19 th century: the threat of a world power attacking a sovereign nation. Yet, 150 years later, we are speaking again of Russian war in the Crimean peninsula.

A lot of what I research is bound up with the WWII era. Unlike WWI, the “war to end all wars,” WWII really was a crush of ideologies. Rising Fascists, expansionistic Communists, and Democrats in the throes of colonial self-examination met in a titanic battle of flesh and technology. It was an age like no other, and it haunts us still.

One of the features that we tend to forget is that the two World Wars collapsed what was a great movement of human optimism in the Western world, spanning from the Enlightenment of the 18th century to early years of the 20th. And if that optimism did not die in Berlin…

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