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Memorial for Václav Havel in Wenceslas Square

The Czech playwright's enduring ideas about politics, truth and human nature.

The words of the former president of the Czech Republic resonate with the problems Occupy confronts today.
 

Intent on blaming the cold war simply on Soviet perfidy, John Lewis Gaddis does a disservice to the subject of his biography—and to his readers.
 

WPA poster advertising the 1938 production of Haiti

Laurent Dubois’s Hati: The Aftershocks of History.

Portrait of a Young Man (1478), by Antonello da Messina

How Renaissance painters brought human presence to the fore.

A new history of Europe’s postwar world and its displaced persons.

A supporter of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier

Why was Baby Doc able to return after decades of exile and evade justice, despite his crimes?

Jenny Martinez and Kathryn Sikkink offer conflicting histories of the ascendency of international courts.

A famous indictment from a century ago aptly describes today’s corrupt legislative body.

Portrait of Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)

Two new biographies differ over the astronomer’s view of the relationship between science and faith.

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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

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