History

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Think Obamacare Can't Be Repealed?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

This Forgotten Chapter in History Shows How the Tea Party Will Collapse
November 20, 2013

What killed England's anti-debt Country Party?

Does the Gettysburg Address Distract Us from the Real Lincoln?
A prominent historian on the politician behind the oratory
November 18, 2013

Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In this 2009 essay, historian Sean Wilentz argues that we have let Lincoln's feats of oratory—like the Gettysburg Address—overshadow his political achievements.

A Kind Word for Ted Cruz: America Was Built on Extremism
How unpopular opinions move history forward
October 29, 2013

American politics is a famously contentious theater, especially today. But the vast majority of liberals, conservatives, and Washington journalists all seem to agree that “extremism” is appalling and should be eradicated.

This Is What Happens When Historians Overuse the Idea of the Network
October 25, 2013

In the so-called “global turn” in contemporary historiography, it has not been enough simply to study the way Western powers have affected the rest of the world. The task has also been to show how the rest of the world affected the West. And it has been a matter of applying, even to quite distant historical periods, the controlling metaphor of the digital age: the “network.” Yet a remarkable amount is absent as well.

How the French Revolution Gave Us the Cult of Genius
October 19, 2013

How the idea of genius became the basis for political power

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