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Three Empires on the Nile, a lively retelling of Britain's colonial exploits in Africa, conjures up images of wild-eyed Arabs waging jihad in the desert.

In William Dalrymple's The Last Mughal, the 1857 Uprising against British rule in India is recast as a cross-border friendship gone sour.

The US Supreme Court should look back on its most regrettable and most courageous decisions.

Remembering an eminent activist historian whose passing has left the public sphere much poorer.

Looking for a model lawmaker who called a President to account for launching a war on fabricated grounds? Consider Illinois Representative Abraham Lincoln's rebuke of James Polk.

Tom Stoppard's epic Coast of Utopia speaks as much to the state of the American left as it does to the roots of Russia's revolution.

Why can't white people and black people have access to a shared history that is accurate, honest, antiracist and inclusive?

A new exhibit inadvertently displays why Americans might be confused about what terrorism is and how to fight it.

The legal philosophy of Louis Brandeis illuminates some of the compelling legal issues of our own times.

Ruth Scurr reviews The First Total War, a study of Napoleonic France that illuminates the causes of all-out war.

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