Magazine February 19, 2018, Issue

‘Good War’ Nostalgia

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World War II reminds us that there are clear moral contrasts

On the evening of December 2, 2017, more than 2,000 Americans dressed in vintage clothing converged upon a four-star hotel in downtown Denver to enjoy the eighth annual 1940s & ’50s White Christmas Ball. The atmosphere was festive as people milled about to sample a bewildering variety of diversions. It felt like being transported to an earlier time, though one with ubiquitous smartphones.

The scene offered some unexpected juxtapositions. In the hallways, vendors peddled everything from hats to paintings. The U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division Living History Display Group exhibited snowshoes, skis, and other peculiar equipment that the soldiers of that

Spencer CaseMr. Case is a freelance writer and an international research fellow in the Wuhan University school of philosophy.

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