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A history of how risk management profits from manufacturing new forms of uncertainty and insecurity.

Engraving depicting Athanasius Kircher

How did a man who got so many things wrong become an intellectual celebrity in his own lifetime?

An unreliable anthropologist of traditional societies is a no less dubious diagnostician of the contemporary world.

The Globe theater in London

Books about London in its Olympic year and after see Americanization eroding the city’s gift for democratic gradualism.

Photos of movement, leaders, Ti-Grace Atkinson, Betty Friedan, Marlene Dixon

For Betty Friedan, feminism was humanism: a question of growth, maturation and identity.

With Anti-Judaism, David Nirenberg has recast the debate about the origins and nature of anti-Semitism in Western thought.

Armenian genocide demonstration picture

A historian’s view of why political demands, past and present, have weighed on Turkish debates about the Armenian genocide.

Photo of Louis Agassiz and Benjamin Peirce

Frustrated, stubborn, committed to bad science, was Louis Agassiz anything other than a laughingstock?

Blogs

A new book takes exciting and historic trends a step too far.

March 23, 2012

Ahmed Chalabi’s daughter recounts the family’s saga and the ancien regime.

March 7, 2011