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French Revolution

Author Tom Reiss Shares Historic Story Behind The Black Count

Catherine C. Lutz | Posted 03.26.2014 | Books
Catherine C. Lutz

The author never set out to write a story about the French Revolution, nor its largely unknown place in history as a pivotal moment of racial integration. He was simply a lifelong fan of Alexandre Dumas the novelist.

Listening In

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.21.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Having voted for the left in 2007 and again in 2012 only makes it easier for me to say how much this business of court-sanctioned wiretaps placed on Nicolas Sarkozy over the course of a full year is both baffling and, as a matter of principle, quite shocking.

Crowd Control

Lewis Lapham | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

For the last several years, the word "revolution" has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody -- visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian -- to cue its appearance on camera.

Why Are Some Women (Like Me) So Wildly Happy About Her?

Alexia Parks | Posted 04.05.2014 | Entertainment
Alexia Parks

In the end it is not a movie about the end of men. It's about breaking the man trance. It frees us all from everything we thought a relationship should be and uplifts us toward a higher state of living called "joy."

Notorious Revolutionary's 'Makeover' Sparks Major Controversy

AP | LORI HINNANT | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

PARIS (AP) — A pair of researchers who gave the French revolutionary Robespierre a disputed 3D makeover raised the possibility Friday that the man b...

American Versailles

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I first saw Washington, D.C. in 1974. I was astonished with the Greek vision of architecture on Capitol Hill. I could not get over my admiration for t...

Jon Ward

Yuval Levin On Obama's Claim To Be Conservative, GOP's Lack Of Governance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The divisions between right and left that define politics today go far deeper than the talking points thrown around on television, exten...

Jon Ward

Revolutionary Roots Of U.S. Political Divide Explored In New Yuval Levin Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- For 15 years, I have kept a quote in my wallet from a Washington Post profile of David Remnick after he had been hired to run The New ...

First Nighter: Lee's "Luce" No Loser; Adjmi's "Marie Antoinette" Loses Its Head

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Several years before JC Lee's stinging play Luce, at the Claire Tow, begins, Amy (Marin Hinkle) and Peter (Neal Huff) adopted a child from the Congo w...

A Design Thinking Retrospective: How History's Biggest Mishaps Could Have Been Averted

Patricia Morizio | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
Patricia Morizio

Design thinking, also known as human-centered design, has been the hot topic as of late, at least among the forward-thinking tech and business scenes.

The Platypus: Crivelli's "Saint James Major" at the Brooklyn Museum

Daniel Maidman | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Let me share with you a doubt. My doubt is that visual art has all that much of an impact on history. have written many of the essays you've been reading as if art had something to say, and as if it were important. And I believe, more or less - on good days -- that something like this is true.

Why Is Beijing Leaking the Revolution?

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Rebecca Novick

It's amusing to imagine what Alexis de Tocqueville would make of China recommending his 'Revolution' to its people. What China's leadership seems to have failed to notice is that the French Revolution is generally considered to have been a good thing by its people.

Russia's Other Heroes: The Gay Voices of 1812

Kevin Childs | Posted 10.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Kevin Childs

In a week when three members of Pussy Riot, Russian President Vladimir Putin's prime party poopers, have been put on trial in Moscow accused of "hooliganism" in an Orthodox church (they sang a "punk" prayer!!!), Russian "queer" politics may have stumbled on its own 1812 moment.

Talking 'Bout a Revolution

Ali MacLean | Posted 09.17.2012 | Comedy
Ali MacLean

A guy sort of rolled his eyes and churlishly mumbled, "Why should we care in the U.S. about some dumb French holiday?" All rudeness aside, I decided to explain it to him. I love talking to churlish brick walls. I'm like a perky, blond Sisyphus.

Farewell, My Queen: A View of Pre-Beheading Versailles

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.09.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

At a time when viewers are obsessed with Downton Abbey, this film offers an upstairs downstairs French Revolution era glimpse complete with dying rats, gossipy crones, lotharios in gondolas, and the very beautiful queen.

Animation: Santorum vs the French Revolution (Actual Audio)

Scott Bateman | Posted 04.24.2012 | Comedy
Scott Bateman

Uh oh, Rick Santorum's trying to horn in on Newt Gingrich's history professor action. And he's off to a good start -- he approaches Newt's accuracy level of zero in this actual audio clip.

The Perfect Art Book For Your Valentine

Posted 02.14.2012 | Arts

Nothing says "I love you... and I'm an intellectual, I swear!!!" like a thoughtful and stimulating book. Valentine's Day is stressful enough as it is,...

Lincoln and Douglass Would Be Angry

Alan Singer | Posted 03.06.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Life sized bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass stand at the entrances to the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) greeting visitor...

PHOTOS: Fairytale Meets Gosspip In Marie Antoinette's Modern Makeover

Posted 01.03.2012 | Arts

Marilyn Holsing's exhibition 'Further Tales of Young Marie Antoinette' juxtaposes the endless expanse of the imagination when a little girl is playing...

Putting the Latest 'Year of the Protester' Into Historical Perspective

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 03.02.2012 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Though 2011 was a precedent-setting and history-making year for protest in many, it was also one that conformed at many points to familiar patterns.

Why the Bankers Aren't In Jail

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 02.11.2012 | Crime
Lyric Hughes Hale

The reasons that there aren't any trophy heads after the financial crisis are plentiful: there are legal obstacles, practical obstacles, a lack of personnel, and general fuzziness about how economic crimes are defined.

WATCH: Floating Opera

Posted 12.06.2011 | Arts

Powdered wig-wearing patriots bounce on an inflatable mountaintop. Mermaids twirl while suspended in thin air. A battle breaks out on top of a giant, ...

Vive La France: Paris Celebrates Bastille Day In Spectacular Style

Posted 09.13.2011 | World

Paris was the scene of colorful military parades and spectacular air displays as proud citizens took to the Champs-Élysées avenue to celebrate Basti...

Royal Wedding, Eat Your Heart Out: Scandalous Georgian Caricatures

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 06.27.2011 | Arts

The imminent Royal Wedding between England's Prince William and commoner Kate Middleton has met with a wide array of artwork created in response. The ...

The French Revolution As You've Never Seen It -- As a Graphic Novel

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The Sky Over the Louvre, by esteemed cartoonist Bernar Yslaire, demonstrates understanding -- even mastery -- of a fascinating historical episode, and is a powerful aesthetic experience.