Two new books argue that the South's slaveholding republic faced a crisis of legitimacy from the outset.
Anthony Julius's Trials of the Diaspora and the myth of the new anti-Semitism.
How Barack Obama has fashioned a personal and political identity by treating the history of the civil rights movement as a usable past.
Two new books explore the role of naturalists in the history of conservation movements.
Ongoing conflict in the Middle East continually reinforces tribalism, religiosity and messianic Zionism.
As our own yellow press goes from strength to strength, what can the history of slander and libel teach us?
Raul Hilberg, the first historian to document the banality of Nazi evil, nursed a lifelong grudge against the woman who borrowed from and popularized his work, Hannah Arendt.
"There is such a thing as a moral atmosphere." So said Violet Gibson, the woman who shot Mussolini.
At Berkeley in 1964, Mario Savio embodied the need to speak and act in the face of doubt.
The past was one single catastrophe to the Baader-Meinhof Gang, and acts of violence the only perceived exit.