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Even as gun control advocates celebrated election gains last week, the country was in the grip of terror following mass shootings in Pittsburgh and Thousand Oaks. This terrorism is not purely a domestic phenomenon, but a product of America’s relationship with the world: Terrorism in American life...
The 18th century may not come to mind in a conversation about social networks. But Stanford historian Caroline Winterer sees the period as the first age that witnessed extensive communication among people across the world. Hand-written letters were the social media posts of that time, and a new...
Nov 12 2018 | Are 100 Years Enough?
Article in The New Republic. The close of World War I was supposed to end the world’s reliance on arms—and empire. But on the centenary, the Middle East offers proof that this hasn’t happened. The First World War, which ended a century ago Sunday, was supposed to be a hinge-moment in history: a war...
While their counterparts in France were locked in stalemate during World War I, British troops protecting oil resources in the Persian Gulf were anything but.
Congratulations to  Jessica Riskin, whose book The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things Tick  (Chicago, 2016) has been named one of the most influential books of the past 20 years by the Chronicle of Higher Education.  The New Canon: What's the most...

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