The Dangerous Lies We Tell About America's Founding
July 03, 2014
No, the American Revolution didn't begin with the "shot heard round the world." The facts matter.
From almost the opening shot, the Great War has been fought over by historians wishing to interpret and understand what happened and why. Their conflict is not over yet.
Louis XVI Wasn't Killed by Ideas
June 27, 2014
This is what happens when you ignore the role of politics in intellectual history
Now that map is crumbling.
The History of Pain Is Racist, Sexist, and Classist
June 20, 2014
Speculation about the degree to which human beings and animals experienced pain has a long history.
This Is the Team That Actually Invented Total Football
June 11, 2014
They did it in stadium known as Wankdorf (some things a nine-year-old doesn't forget).
This 19th Century Map Could Have Transformed the West
June 08, 2014
Today's drought-riven west would look very different if Congress had listened to John Wesley Powell
History Turned the Romanov Sisters Into a Fairy Tale. Here's What They Were Really Like.
June 02, 2014
How the famous family battled destiny.
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.