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While Palmyra Burns, We're Losing the War on History

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
Jeff Biggers

The destruction of standing monuments from the Roman-era is not about a 2,000-year-old relic; it is a war-time act against humanity today, and a rejection of the contributions of those outside our chauvinistic views of history who have, in fact, shaped our modern ways.

Remembering Vietnam, Ministry-of-Truth Style

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Jeremiah Horrigan

It was our duty, they said. The government wouldn't lie to us. Serving our country would make men of us. We didn't know what war was, but we would find out. And we did. And few of us will ever forget what have commonly been called "the lessons of Vietnam."

That Best Most Imperfect Place

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 06.24.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

I spent these years wondering why the rest of the world spoke so slowly, how some towns ever got built when change was "hard," how candor sometimes challenged colleagues who mistook bluntness for bad manners and why the rest of the world didn't see the humor and tragedy in life.

George W. Bush's Legacy: The Debate Restarts

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

As George W. Bush reappears in the public eye preparing for Thursday's dedication of his presidential library, the debate on his presidential performance, and legacy, has also come to the forefront once more.

Historians And Collective Memory

Edward Berenson | Posted 05.24.2013 | TED Weekends
Edward Berenson

Historians nowadays tend to be interested in different facets of memory, especially "collective memory" and its mirror image, forgetting. Among other things, we want to know how a society or community's memory of important events changes over time.

WATCH: Award-Winning Presidential Historian On What Makes An Exceptional President

Posted 09.24.2011 | Books

Fareed Zakaria talked to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough about what makes a great president. McCullough should know. The famed h...

An Interview With a Young Historian

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

An interview with a current law school student who was a history major in college. Part of an ongoing series of young professionals in different fields.

'Band Of Brothers' Author Stephen Ambrose Accused Of Fabricating Material For Eisenhower Biography

The Guardian | Paul Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

His book Band of Brothers - which chronicled the exploits of one company of US airborne troops in second world war Europe - was turned into a highly p...

Michael Tomasky's Despairing Take on American History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Tomasky's notion that anything that happened before today cannot be adequately invoked to derive lessons or guidance negates the very idea of looking to history for inspiration, hope, and direction.

Glenn Beck: "Historian" for a Troubled America

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Beck's shtick is a backhanded nod to the relevance of history as a discipline and to historians not only as educators, but also as the keepers of the nation's myths.

Going to Philadelphia... With Shanghai on My Mind

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

The upcoming World's Fair, while largely ignored in the West, has been attracting enormous attention in China. There, it's being pitched as a sequel not just to the World's Fairs of old but also to the 2008 Games.

Presidents' Day History: The Must-Reads Of Presidential Biographies (PHOTOS, POLL)

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth C. Davis

Here is a short list of some of my favorite Presidential biographies -- all what I call "must reads."

Remembering Howard Zinn

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph A. Palermo

Howard had the most developed sense of irony of anyone I've ever seen or read -- a quality that made him my all-time favorite historian. I know that I am not alone in saying that he is the reason I became one.

"The Marne 1914": A Bold New Account (PHOTOS)

Holger H. Herwig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holger H. Herwig

I wanted to write about the Battle of the Marne because I regard it as the most decisive land battle since the Allies defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. I regard its impact to have been spectacular.

The Importance of Place in the American Story

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Being on the Gettysburg Battlefield, I understood service and sacrifice to one's country in a way that I have never understood it before.

Historians See Little Chance For McCain Victory

Politico | DAVID PAUL KUHN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One week into the general election, the polls show a dead heat. But many presidential scholars doubt that John McCain stands much of a chance, if any....