History

Original Sin
Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people
February 10, 2013

Why the Republicans are, and will continue to be, the party of white people: an historical investigation.

From the Stacks
The Inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
February 08, 2013

In 1933, The New Republic sent literary critic Edmund Wilson to observe the swearing in of FDR. He was not amused. 

Archie Bunker's America: The GOP Takeover of Family Values
December 20, 2012

In Robert O Self's view, the 1970s culture war was central to the decade's political struggles.

Hands On—Does Handwriting Matter?
December 18, 2012

Philip Hensher's historical account of handwriting loses sight of how deeply personal the medium is.

The Lost Generation: The End of the Russian Aristocracy
December 12, 2012

The downfall of the Russian nobility brought about the end of Russia itself.

The Storyteller—Thomas Jefferson’s Political Calculations
December 04, 2012

Jon Meacham has chosen storytelling over analysis, offering up a genial but meandering narrative.

Rebel Without a Cause—A Narrow Approach to the American Revolution
November 30, 2012

Phillips's insistence on the primacy of 1775 as “the pivotal year” creates more problems than it solves.

East is East and West is West: Al Afghani, Tagore, and Qichao
November 12, 2012

The melancholy embrace into which East and West have fallen is the leitmotif of Mishra’s new book, a group biography of three Asian intellectuals.

The Professor: Jill Lepore's Fatal Flaw
November 04, 2012

The virtues of this collection are overshadowed by Lepore’s campaign against popular historians.

Poets, Protesters, and Proletarians—Oddballs of the Nineteenth Century
November 02, 2012

Seldes wanted to show that there was a greater logic to the apparent cacophony of nineteenth-century enthusiasms.

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