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News and Analysis from The Nation on History
February 17, 2017
What Is the Deep State?
Even if we assume the concept is valid, surely it’s not useful to think of the competing interests it represents as monolithic.
February 15, 2017
Saul Friedländer’s Many Lives
What is the relationship between the Holocaust’s history and its memory?
Peter E. Gordon
February 9, 2017
The Rise and Resilience of Black Lives Matter
Wesley Lowery’s new book charts the origins of a movement
February 8, 2017
Are We on the Verge of Another Civil War?
The historian David Armitage didn’t intend his new book to be a “handbook for our times.” But that’s just what it is.
February 8, 2017
Steve Bannon Wants To Start World War III
His 2009 film,
, shows a hellishly bleak vision of our past, present, and future, driven by a magical belief in historical determinism.
Micah L. Sifry
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February 2, 2017
Barack Obama Radically Expanded Our Appreciation of African-American History
By preserving sites that have been central to the black experience, Obama helped revitalize our civic religion.
Robert Greene II
January 24, 2017
Donald Trump’s Strategy? Destroy the International Community in Order to Save It.
The new president has a wrecking ball, and “internationalism” is written all over it.
January 19, 2017
Ethel Rosenberg’s Sons Still Seek Justice for Their Mother
“We are giving the United States government the chance…to acknowledge the terrible wrong it did to her and to us.”
January 13, 2017
All the Human Be-In Was Saying 50 Years Ago, Was Give Peace a Chance
Then, as now, many in the political classes looked down on supposedly impractical efforts to change consciousness.
January 10, 2017
How Decades of Disappointment Won the Election for Donald Trump
Lost wars, globalization, and the resulting bitterness brought a vote against shattered expectations.
Andrew J. Bacevich