History

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.

I'm OK With Calling LBJ a "Liberal Hero" (and No, I'm Not Ignoring Vietnam)
April 15, 2014

The guy achieved major liberal reforms in a country that fights them tooth and nail. Stop maligning him.

The National Women's History Museum Needs to Focus on Getting a Museum Built
A CEO responds: It's unfair to prejudge a museum that doesn't exist—yet
April 09, 2014

The CEO of the organization building a women's history museum on the Mall responds to critics

The National Women's History Museum Apparently Doesn't Much Care for Women's Historians
April 06, 2014

No actual historians are on staff—and that's led to some serious inaccuracies.

The Evolution of the Death Penalty in One Map
March 23, 2014

Watch the death penalty evolve from 1887 until present day. 

How the Horrors of Crimea Shaped Tolstoy
How a war made the great Russian novelist
March 23, 2014

The great Russian novelist was no war tourist.

'Youth Bias' Makes Us Think the Most Important Events Happen When We're Young
March 10, 2014

A new study shows that our sense of what's important skews toward youth. 

The Historical Analogy That Should Have Ukraine's Revolutionaries Very Worried
February 27, 2014

What the French Revolution can tell us about events in Crimea. 

Sochi Is Haunted by the Ghosts of a Forgotten Genocide
The Winter Olympics arrive 150 years after an ethnic cleansing
February 06, 2014

The Winter Olympics arrive 150 years after an ethnic cleansing.

Pages