The Friday Roundup is a weekly feature that offers a look at news, archive, and worthwhile links around the web on the study of War and Society. This week`s documentary, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, investigates how American politicians have manipulated the media and opinions of Americans to pursue military goals. We as a society should always ask our politicians about their real intentions for taking their country into war. Have Americans been deceived by their political leaders? Can this supposed game of deception be transplanted to other countries such as Canada or European nations?

Have a safe and happy New Year.    


International Security Relations Network

A modern security forum that provides a well balanced approach to today’s security issues. Based in Zurich, the site deals with security issues from a largely European perspective, which provides an interesting counterpoint to the U.S. perspective that dominates discussion within North America. While there are no links to primary source documents, the reports and blogs are well written and on interesting topics that can offer anyone a stepping stone to explore a topic of interest.



Professor turns to Music to Help Soldiers Heal

Music therapy has grown rapidly over the past few decades as a practical method to treat a number of mental illnesses and conditions. Now a professor from Queen’s University believes that the medicinal power of music can help Canada’s veterans overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.


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Napoleon’s march into Russia was not Defeated by the winter or the Russians

The popular views that the Russians and Russian winter had defeated Napoleon’s Grande Armée has been challenged by recent archaeological findings that suggest disease may have played a much more significant role in the disintegration of Napoleon’s forces. The author argues that it was Napoleon’s time in Poland that was most devastating to his army due to a rampant epidemic of typhus caused by very unsanitary conditions. These new findings will be sure to stir up discussions and new research on one of the most famous military campaigns in history.


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