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Endgame: A historians’ symposium on August 1945 in Asia and the Pacific

On August 6, 2015, noted experts on U.S., Japanese, Russian, and Chinese history will convene in Washington, D.C., to explore the critical decisions made at the end of the war in 1945.

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From A-Bombs to Zeppelins: 120 Years of Stories in 1 Million Minutes of AP Footage

Nelson Mandela “taking his first steps into a new South Africa.” John F. Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. Beatlemania. Atomic bomb tests. Apollo 11. The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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François Hollande and the Beanstalk

France's president hoped that the eurozone crisis could shoot him to new political heights -- or at least get him re-elected. But the moral of this fable might be closer to home than he realizes.

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Stuff I didn’t know: Popeye the Sailor Man’s role in the Spanish Civil War

During the Spanish Civil War, the anarchists adopted Popeye the Sailor Man as their mascot. He was sometimes depicted waving the red and black flag of the anarchist party. Here he is, badly painted on the tail of a Soviet-built Republican aircraft.

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Bungay’s ‘The Most Dangerous Enemy': A fine analysis of a fascinating campaign

A few months ago, one of youse told me to read Stephen Bungay’s history of the Battle of Britain. Again, thank you. Even if I didn’t care about the subject, I would have enjoyed the book. Bungay can write, he can analyze, and he appears to be meticulous and thoughtful in his research.

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