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Military history may be struggling in the academy, but the National Endowment for the Humanities has spent roughly $10 million on it over the last five years — everything from $500,000 for a center at the Virginia Military Institute to $2,000 to study Irish immigrants who fought in the Mexican War. There’s also a gift of more than $1 million to help produce a TV documentary on Americans in the Second World War, $1 million for a show on the French and Indian War, and $600,000 for a program on the looting of art treasures during the Third Reich and WW2.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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