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Ralph Raico

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Ralph Raico (1936–2016) was professor emeritus in European history at Buffalo State College and a senior fellow of the Mises Institute. He was a specialist on the history of liberty, the liberal tradition in Europe, and the relationship between war and the rise of the state. He is the author of The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton.

A bibliography of Ralph Raico's work, compiled by Tyler Kubik, is found here.

Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

12/08/2010Books
Ralph Raico — the great historian of classical liberalism — strips away the veneer of exalted leaders and beloved wars.
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The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton

BiographiesWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

09/15/1970Books
Were the liberals of the 18th and 19th century truly foreshadowing the hippies of the 1960s, and thereby in need of the correcting force of conservatism to add piety and an appreciation of tradition to their love of freedom?
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Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School

World HistoryHistory of the Austrian School of EconomicsPolitical Theory

02/15/2012Books
Here is the book to learn classical liberalism from the ground up, written by the foremost historian in the Austrian tradition — Ralph Raico.
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The Prussian Aristocrat Who Spoke Out for Liberty

LiberalismWorld History

Blog09/06/2021

Wilhelm von Humboldt ’s opposition to the reactionary policies of his government gained him as much ill-will at court as it did popularity among the people.

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Woodrow Wilson's "Second Personality"

BiographiesU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

07/09/2021Mises Daily Articles
The term most frequently applied to Woodrow Wilson nowadays is "idealist." The expression "power-hungry" is rarely used. Yet one scholar friendly to Wilson has correctly described him as one who "loved, craved, and in a sense glorified power."
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Neither the Wars Nor the Leaders Were Great

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

05/31/2021Mises Daily Articles
"For generations, the unmasking of such excuses for war and war making has been the essence of historical revisionism, or simply revisionism. Revisionism and classical liberalism, today called libertarianism, have always been closely linked."
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Harry Truman: Advancing the Revolution

BiographiesU.S. History

12/05/2020Mises Daily Articles
Under Truman, FDR's revolution was consolidated and advanced beyond what even Franklin Roosevelt had ever dared hope for.
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Why Historical Revisionism Matters

World History

10/23/2020Mises Daily Articles
Historical revisionism is the process of unmasking government excuses for the state's many crimes.
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