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Occupy Wall Street

Will it last? Skeptics are entitled to their doubts, but I'm confident that, as with the Populist movement of a century ago, OWS will bring lasting change

His 1934 California gubernatorial run created one of the most important mass movements ever,  helped push the New Deal to the left -- and inspired the birth of the modern political campaign.

Ariel Dorfman

Returning to Chile decades after Allende’s death, I was no longer a soldier of the revolution. What changed?

Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach reunited, June 1937

Why was Joseph Lelyveld’s history of Gandhi’s years in South Africa attacked by India’s Hindu right?

Children at Foehrenwald Displaced Persons Camp in Bavaria, Germany, 1948

Tara Zahra explains why orphaned children held a special grip on Europe’s postwar imagination.

Francis Fukuyama

The Origins of Political Order, a work of total world history, pits the old Fukuyama against the new.

Union soldiers surrounding the Dictator, a 13-inch siege mortar cannon

Too many Americans have fallen prey to narratives that erase the role of slavery in the war’s origins and legacy.

Jacqueline Kennedy

The former first lady speaks from beyond the grave—and shows how far we’ve come (and haven’t).

Poet Joseph Brodsky (seated, right) in exile in the Russian North, 1964

Why did different segments of the Soviet population experience Khrushchev’s reforms in radically different ways?
 

Protesters in Chile

Chile and the United States offer contrasting models of how to react to a collective trauma.

Blogs

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

The underlying philosophy of the National Front remains almost exactly the same as it was under Jean-Marie Le Pen.

March 1, 2014

An article in our pages in 1919 helped rescue the long-deceased scribe from obscurity and secured him a prominent place in the American canon.

January 4, 2014

President Hoover's holiday proclamation was offensive to millions of poor and unemployed Americans, our 'Drifter' columnist wrote.

November 23, 2013