History

This 19th Century Map Could Have Transformed the West
Too bad Congress didn't listen
June 08, 2014

Today's drought-riven west would look very different if Congress had listened to John Wesley Powell

World War II Led to a Revolution in Cartography. These Amazing Maps Are Its Legacy.
May 20, 2014

One untrained artist filled the American demand for maps that could explain a world at war.

How Gin Made British Colonialism Possible
May 16, 2014

Colonies, thank goodness, are mostly out of fashion; gin, thank a higher power still, is not.

The Battle in Ukraine Means Everything
Fascism returns to the continent it once destroyed
May 11, 2014

The battle in Ukraine means everything

Northern Ireland's Troubles Are Over. But That Doesn't Mean I Am at Peace.
Gerry Adams's arrest awakens a journalist's awful childhood memories
May 08, 2014

Gerry Adams's arrest awakens a journalist's awful childhood memories.

Thomas Jefferson Was a Muslim
A candidate was accused of being a closet Muslim. In the 18th century, not the 21st.
April 25, 2014

In the smear campaign before the U.S. presidential election, a candidate was accused of being a closet Muslim. The time was the 18th century, not the 21st.

These Newsreels Tell the History of the 20th Century
April 23, 2014

Eighty-five thousand historic newsreels were uploaded to YouTube. The author of The Biographical Dictionary of Films tells you what to watch. 

Ukrainian Extremists Will Only Triumph if Russia Invades
April 17, 2014

It is the propaganda of the postwar period, much more than the experience of the war itself, that counts in the memory of Ukrainian politics of today—and that will affect the country's fate.

Celebrating LBJ Amounts to Imperial Myopia
April 15, 2014

To award LBJ a place in the liberal “pantheon,” one has to be afflicted with a kind of nationalist, if not imperial, myopia.

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