Conflict between the U.S. and Japan was not inevitable, and in the 1930s it would have seemed unnecessary that a dispute over China, where the U.S. had no vital strategic or material interest, should culminate in the events of Dec. 7, 1941.
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The 1619 Project's new book-length interpretation of the American past was an immediate bestseller. But some scholars say it is still marred by egregious errors and cynical distortions.
The massing of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border is raising the specter of war between two countries that share a complex history. The idea of Ukraine in NATO is making things worse.
The heroic and heartwarming tale of Pilgrims and Indians feasting together in 1621 is one of America's most cherished founding myths. Let's talk about what actually happened.
Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping now have company in the pantheon of China's revered leaders. The ruling communist party is revising and using history to chart the way forward.
In his new biography of America's last king, Andrew Roberts pokes holes in our origin story by arguing King George III was no tyrant, and the North American colonists were not oppressed.
Critical race theory has become a catch-all term, turning history classes into a battleground in America's culture wars. An acclaimed historian says the controversy could thwart the teaching of uncomfortable subjects.
Historian John Barry, author of "The Great Influenza," says the U.S. might achieve herd immunity relatively soon, but thousands more Americans could needlessly die from COVID-19 this winter.
Former Virginia congresswoman Barbara Comstock believes Glenn Youngkin's victory can help the party move beyond Trumpism. To win back the White House, the conservative Comstock says the GOP must move on.
Moments of vigorous legislating and major structural reform have been rare in American history for the same reasons why President Biden's ambitious agenda is in peril.
Is there anything new to learn about Nixon and Watergate? Yes, the lessons are as relevant as ever.
Thirty-one Octobers ago, Germany suddenly and irreversibly reunified. As Angela Merkel prepares to step aside, an acclaimed historian looks back at the events that led to Germany's best decades.
Since its independence more than 200 years ago, Haiti has not escaped a cycle of poverty, violence, and instability. Its history explains why.
A historian assesses the legacy of a warrior-statesman whose public career spanned four decades of momentous events.
Today the Reserve Officers' Training Corps is considered an important pillar of the U.S. military establishment, but its prosaic presence obscures its controversial birth. Once upon a time, many Americans feared "Prussianism."
It is easy to forget that for most of the country's history there was no U.S. military presence in the Middle East. It needs to be that way again, says Andrew Bacevich.
The possibility of war over Taiwan's unresolved fate, an impasse dating to 1949, is overshadowing the development of the Biden administration's soft power approach to confronting China's economic coercion in the Indo-Pacific.
As another Columbus Day approaches, the legacy of the Genoese navigator remains as controversial as ever.
A historian explains how colonists, the enslaved, and Native Americans dealt with the decade-defining smallpox epidemic of the 1770s.
Sixty years ago Eisenhower warned the nation about the dangers of the "military-industrial complex." We ignored him, and correcting course seems close to impossible.
Fifty years after Richard Nixon declared drug use "public enemy number one" and decades after Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No," the disastrous war on drugs carries on with no end in sight.