In a midsummer week of full moon, history overworked. Who did not know before that he lived in an age of gigantic events (although not of giants), knew it last week.

World War I, the 20th Century's parent catastrophe, echoed faintly when Friedrich Wilhelm, the Hohenzollern crown prince of old Germany, and Henri Philippe Péetain, Marshal of France, died within four days. They had faced each other across the mass slaughter at Verdun; each, after his own fashion, had tried to make his deal with the mass brutality of Naziism that came after, and each died disgraced.

In the Middle East, where...

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