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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.

Jorge Castañeda at his home in Mexico City, November 2004

In Mañana Forever? Jorge Castañeda chronicles the growth of the middle class to argue that Mexico is not a failed state.

Capes, torches, secret meetings! Adam Goodheart’s 1861 tells the story of the unyielding idealism awakened by the Civil War.

Leland Stanford

The building of the transcontinental railroads is not the story of a managerial revolution, argues Richard White, but of incompetence and corruption rewarded.

Stephen F. Cohen’s The Victims Return contemplates the return to Soviet society of several million zeks after Stalin’s death.

During the early twentieth century, Alan Lomax and his father John traveled throughout the American South searching for the work songs, spirituals and folk tales that gave the region it's unique identity.

For half a century, Bill Zimmerman has labored for progressive causes as an organizer and political consultant. In a new memoir, he looks back on his career with an unwavering commitment to his beliefs.

From The First Book of Urizen (1794), by William Blake

Robin Blackburn's The American Crucible treats modern slavery as an international institution with national histories.

Isaac Casaubon was a model citizen of the republic of letters—a community more durable than any church and broader than academia.


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

John F. Kennedy and the 1950 Senate contest in California.

November 19, 2013

Was there more to JFK than a coiffure arranged by facing south in a strong east wind?

November 9, 2013

Ramachandra Guha’s essay in next week’s issue is only the latest in a long line of critical appreciations of the late historian’s work to be published in The Nation.

November 2, 2013

The famed American conductor brought Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a fractured Germany in 1989.

October 7, 2013