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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.

NPR's attempt to appease its critics by featuring comment from conservative pundits went a step too far when it let radical right-wing advocate David Horowitz contribute to Howard Zinn's obituary.

Remembering the pragmatic radical.

Blogs

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