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.
The Battle in Ukraine Means Everything
May 11, 2014
The battle in Ukraine means everything
Gerry Adams's arrest awakens a journalist's awful childhood memories.
Thomas Jefferson Was a Muslim
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.