History

Henry Fairlie on What Europeans Thought of Our Revolution
It really was a shot heard round the world.
July 04, 2014

It really was a shot heard round the world.

The Dangerous Lies We Tell About America's Founding
Myths may comfort us, but facts are our best weapon against Tea Party perversions
July 03, 2014

No, the American Revolution didn't begin with the "shot heard round the world." The facts matter.

Historians Fought About World War I the Moment It Began. They're Still Fighting.
July 03, 2014

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
This is what happens when you ignore the role of politics in intellectual history
June 27, 2014

This is what happens when you ignore the role of politics in intellectual history

The Middle East That France and Britain Drew Is Finally Unravelling
And there's very little the U.S. can do to stop it
June 26, 2014

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
They did it in stadium known as Wankdorf (some things a nine-year-old doesn't forget)
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
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.

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