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Fifty years after the first US troops came ashore at Da Nang, the Vietnamese are still coping with unexploded bombs and Agent Orange.

This Oscar-nominated doc is all about well-meaning Americans—with nothing about the indiscriminate US firepower that destroyed much of the country.

Eric Foner (EdX Channel/ YouTube)

“Rights can be won, and rights can be taken away. Achievements are always vulnerable.”

A dining tent at a Red Crescent hospital, Hafir, 1916

Reconsidering how the Middle East was transformed by World War I.

It’s time to start enforcing Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Edward Gibbon (1773), by Henry Walton

Historians are losing their audience, and searching for the next trend won’t win it back.

President John F. Kennedy announces a US blockade of Cuba, October 22, 1962

Democracy floats on currents of change. Is it ever capable of managing them?

The Topography of Terror, Berlin

The dense details in Berlin’s memorial museums overwhelm the stories they try to tell.

Edmund Fawcett

In Edmund Fawcett’s new history, liberalism begins with capitalism and revolution.

The Park of Freedom at the Warsaw Uprising Museum in Poland, 2013

Memory and revolution in Poland since 1989

Blogs

Americans today are a lot more familiar with his presidency than they think they are.

December 3, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, Eric Alterman reminded us that the so-called “experts” were wrong about the Berlin Wall. Some things haven’t changed much.

November 12, 2014

“Socialism is inseparable from democracy,” The Nation wrote in its 1989 editorial.

November 10, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014

The quagmire of the Vietnam War was built on a “queasy foundation of fact and myth.”

July 31, 2014

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

The first modern war created the modern Nation.

June 16, 2014

‘Wide and luminous’ or ‘grid-locked and addled on speed’?

May 22, 2014