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How the twentieth century’s confidence in social solidarity, human dignity and a better future died a slow, quiet death.

Eugene Debs

For Christopher McKnight Nichols, isolationists were cultural cosmopolitans who distrusted the impact of empire.

Brad Gregory wants to upend how we think about the emergence of capitalism, secularism and individualism.

Rev. J. Sella Martin

How social equality was used to discredit the egalitarian project of Reconstruction.

The values of the market have come to permeate every aspect of our society.

When it comes to the distant past, there’s a lot we don’t know about what occurred sexually.

Ripped U.S. Dollar Bill

Is the current financial crisis a problem of liquidity or one of solvency?

Stalin

A book by the famous British historian was not published in Russia because the Moscow publisher discovered too many errors and misrepresentations—not, as Figes suggested, for political reasons.

Christa Wolf, October 1989

A postwar German novelist’s complicated legacy.

Pandsher Valley, September 2008

Rodric Braithwaite, Jonathan Steele and Artemy Kalinovsky analyze the forgotten history of Afghan communism and the Soviet occupation.

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