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World War II
World War II news and analysis from The Nation
August 27, 2019
In a Major Shift, South Korea Defies Its Alliance With Japan
Trade restrictions, an end to intelligence sharing, heated rhetoric—it’s all rooted in Japanese war crimes, papered over by a 1965 treaty in which Washington played a hidden hand.
August 23, 2019
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Is a Science Fiction Film
Far from wallowing in nostalgia, Tarantino is using alternative history to critique conventional Hollywood endings.
June 22, 2019
What Trump’s Selective D-Day Commemorations Leave Out
Recent remembrance ceremonies have been used to airbrush the US’s interventionist history.
Andrew J. Bacevich
May 28, 2019
In Our Tumultuous Times, History Offers Hope
A new memoir calls us to action.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
May 16, 2019
In Their Fight to Stop a New US Military Base, Okinawans Confront Two Colonizers
For the Japanese government, which has never acknowledged Okinawan indigenous rights, the island is a convenient location for the American military.
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March 28, 2019
NATO Turns 70
Next week, Washington will throw the military alliance a birthday party. How much is there to celebrate?
February 28, 2019
The End of Our World Order Is Imminent
At least 200 empires have risen and fallen over the course of history, and the United States will be no exception.
January 17, 2019
The Forgotten Lessons of Nagasaki
Seventy-four years after an atom bomb destroyed the Japanese city, survivors hold on to its tragic memory.
September 17, 2018
John Dower in Conversation: Part II
A preeminent scholar on the Pacific War uses WWII-era Japan to examine race and US imperialism today.
September 6, 2018
John Dower in Conversation: Part I
The groundbreaking historian of Japan talks about the challenges of scholarship during rapidly changing times.