History

What Really Happened at the Battle of Waterloo
January 31, 2014

How many biscuits did it take to beat Napoleon? 83,428.

Will the Next World War Start in the Middle East?
January 25, 2014

Richard Evans on who caused WWI, the best books to read on it, and whether the modern Middle East will spark the next World War.

What Can 1914 Tell Us About 2014?
The disturbing parallels between pre-WWI and today
January 25, 2014

Old world decline, rogue empires, killing for God—looking at 1914, we can discover that there are many uncomfortable parallels with our own time.

Seeds of Doubt
Harry Truman's concerns about Israel and Palestine were prescient—and forgotten
January 15, 2014

His doubts about the Jewish and Palestinian states were prescient—and forgotten.

Ten Books Any Student of American History Must Read
December 26, 2013

The most important books in shaping my thinking.

The Game Theory Behind Mandela's Negotiations to End Apartheid
December 10, 2013

It all comes down to red vs. blue.

Conservatives Haven't Wrestled With Mandela's Legacy Because They Haven't Wrestled With the Cold War
December 09, 2013

If you don't understand why someone like Nelson Mandela would have communist sympathies during the Cold War, you aren't thinking hard enough. 

On the Use and Abuse of Munich
Please, American blowhards: No more analogies to 1938
December 03, 2013

The 1938 conference between Chamberlain and Hitler is misunderstood. And the blowhards who constantly evoke its memory are dangerous.

Think Obamacare Can't Be Repealed? It Happened Once in Australia.
November 21, 2013

What Australia's conservatives did to the country's groundbreaking Medibank program should send chills up the spines of Obamacare supporters.

We Don't Need Another JFK
Fifty years later, Kennedy's legend makes life at the White House harder for Democrats
November 20, 2013

For 50 years, Democrats have driven themselves crazy trying to live up to a legend

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