The Dutch Are Uncomfortable With Being History’s Villains, Not Victims
A refusal to confront colonial atrocities persists in the Netherlands.
‘The Tea Leaves Suggest That if He Doesn’t Cheat, He’s Going to Lose’
The presidential historian Timothy Naftali notes there’s no historical precedent for delaying an election, even in the middle of major wars, but Trump’s Republican Party is all about holding on to power.
Oh God, Not the Peloponnesian War Again
Western strategists need to learn some new history. Here are eight suggestions from Asia.
American Police Should Know Where Rome Went Wrong
Ancient notions of authority show where U.S. policing went wrong.
Tearing Down Statues Won’t Undo History
From the Berlin Wall to Confederate monuments, destroying a historic marker means destroying a learning opportunity.
Where Should Confederate Statues Go to Die?
The United States can learn from the graveyards of fallen regimes worldwide.
We Remember World War II Wrong
In the middle of the biggest international crisis ever since, it’s time to admit what the war was—and wasn’t.
Hard Times Don’t Make Strong Soldiers
Western strategists keep falling for myths of invincible barbarians.
The ‘Chinese Virus’ Spread Along the New Silk Road
Western democracies may lose the coronavirus propaganda war, but China certainly won’t win it.
The Coronavirus Is Accelerating History Past the Breaking Point
Every era gets the infectious diseases—and the resulting political upheaval—it has coming.
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?