A Train to Nowhere
Hovertrains were meant to revolutionize British transport. But they never arrived.
The Coronavirus War Economy Will Change the World
When societies shift their economies to a war footing, it doesn’t just help them survive a crisis—it alters them forever.
How Governments Got Their Quarantine Powers
If you're locked inside, thank the British Empire for the laws that make it possible.
Poland Is Becoming a Global Capital of Chutzpah
As the government cracks down on Holocaust remembrance, the country’s Jewish art scene is thriving like never before.
Vladimir Putin Wants to Rewrite the History of World War II
The Russian president’s amateur history lessons are outraging neighboring countries. While he is right to criticize a recent EU Parliament resolution, his historical revisionism doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
Why Oman Loves Iran
The special relationship between the two countries traces back to a personal debt incurred by Sultan Qaboos.
Is the World Getting Safer?
New research debunks the theory that wars are becoming less deadly and less frequent.
Why the Berlin Wall Still Matters
Fragments of the wall have become museum pieces. But with the rise of extremist parties in Germany, the debate over the barrier’s legacy is anything but history.
The Kaiser’s Family Wants Its Stuff Back. Germany Isn’t Sure They Deserve It.
The former royal family lost countless artworks, palaces, and wealth in the 20th century. But were they victims—or enablers of the Nazis?
The United States Overthrew Iran’s Last Democratic Leader
Despite a campaign of historical revisionism in Washington, the archival record makes clear that the U.S. government was the key actor in the 1953 coup that ousted Mohammad Mosaddeq—not the Iranian clergy.
Lithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Past—and With Israel
As political ties flourish, the country is taking tenuous steps to confront its Holocaust history. But it hasn’t gone far enough.
Digging Up a Dictator Won’t End Spain’s Divisions
The Spanish government just moved a step closer to disinterring the remains of Francisco Franco. But as the country heads for yet another election, a new book shows that voters have other priorities.
Blast From the Past
Forty years ago, a U.S. satellite detected the telltale signs of a nuclear explosion. An analysis of the evidence today points to a clandestine nuclear test, a Carter administration cover-up, and only one country that was willing and able to carry it out: Israel.
Refighting the Balkan Wars Won’t Lead to a Seat at the Table in Brussels
Historical feuds still threaten to stop Eastern European countries from joining the EU.
Germany’s Far-Right Freedom Fighters
Eastern Germans increasingly claim to have freed themselves from communists, only to have been taken over by another dictatorship: western Germany.
Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks anticipated robots and artificial intelligence—and they didn’t trust them.
The United States Needs Japan-South Korea Reconciliation
This weekend's G-20 efforts are likely to flop as old quarrels emerge.
Elaine Chao Learned From the Best
The transportation secretary is part of a long line of individuals who’ve bridged China and the United States—and done well for themselves in the process.