Why the Doom and Gloom, America?
July 15, 2014
Today’s crises are no worse than many in U.S. history.
Two historians debate America's entry into the First World War.
A Victorious Germany in WWI Would Have Prevented the Nazis—But It May Have Been Nearly as Bad
July 07, 2014
Two historians debate U.S. entry into the First World War.
Why Woodrow Wilson Was Right to Bet on World War I
July 06, 2014
Germany would almost certainly have won without his intervention.
It really was a shot heard round the world.
The Dangerous Lies We Tell About America's Founding
July 03, 2014
No, the American Revolution didn't begin with the "shot heard round the world." The facts matter.
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
June 27, 2014
This is what happens when you ignore the role of politics in intellectual history
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.