This month marks the centenary of the birth of the Hungarian American historian John Adalbert Lukacs (he died in 2019). He liked to say that he entered the world as two of his bêtes noires, Woodrow Wilson and Vladimir Lenin, departed. His parents were Jewish converts to Catholicism. His mother was an Anglophile who passed her love for all things English to John, a trait he retained for the rest of his life.

John fled Hungary for the United States in 1946 because he saw the coming victory of communism in his native country. He arrived in America with two advantages: he had a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from the University of Budapest, and he spoke clear, almost idiomatic English. With the growing number of students flocking to college under the


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