Week of October 1, 2012
Historian's Take: The First Debate
Who Cares Most About Ordinary Americans?
Neither Obama or Romney seems to remember that women are half the population.
The Debate Worked
The candidates offered substantive exchanges that focus much more on issues, statistics, and philosophy than passing gaffes.
Ninety Minutes of Talking Points
The intellectually inert performance of two mediocre American politicians.
Was It 1992 Redux?
George H.W. Bush was not a precedent that President Obama wished to revive.
Obama's Bad Night
Was he channeling his inner Michael Dukakis? Or maybe his inner Tom Dewey?
Romney Takes Round One
But we ought to be skeptical about the whole notion of debate "winners" and "losers."
Another Act in the "Theater-State"
The pomp and pageantry of the American presidency are at least a clear echo of the great royal courts of the pre-democracy era.
A giant of history -- and an unrepentant Communist -- passes away. Presenting the best of the web commentary on Hobsbawm's legacy, including thoughts by Stephen Kotkin, Eric Foner, and Niall Ferguson.
Eugene D. Genovese, R.I.P.
Remembering a gentleman, a scholar, and a friend.
Eugene Genovese, Historical Giant
He leaves behind a legacy of achievement and of principle.
Remembering one of the most influential American historians of the last sixty years.
Robert Merry, editor of the National Interest, takes a serious yet playful approach to presidential rankings.
Eric Hobsbawm, Social Bandit
In recognition of his passing, Josh Brown presents a vintage 1983 drawing of Eric Hobsbawm from "Visions of History: Interviews with Radical Historians")
Happy October, which every four years becomes debate month in American presidential politics.
“Hope and Change”: The “Comeback Kid” of Political Narratives?
Is Obama's "Forward" slogan a throwback to Bill Clinton-style political optimism?
Running Out of Energy
But with the right federal policy, the U.S. could be a net exporter of energy and technology within ten years.
News at Home
TV Campaign Debates: America’s Political Gift to the World
Once unique to the U.S., TV debates have truly gone global.
Is the Modern GOP a "Relic of Barbarism"?
What would the radical Charles Sumner have to say about today's Republican Party?
Samuel Popkin: "I Don't Think There is a Real Mitt Romney Anymore"
Mitt's stepped in it again, and this time it may stick to his shoe ... or his face.
Boykinism: Joe McCarthy Would Understand
The three-star general turned right-wing Christian crusader is back, and now he's gunning for Obama.
Protests in the Muslim World Aren't About Hatred
Why they go berserk: Muslims see insults to Muhammad as a broader attack on their dignity.
Israel Versus Iran: Netanyahu's Cartoon Version
It's not just the bomb -- Netanyahu's entire case against Iran is something out of Looney Tunes.
It takes some serious gall for the president of Iran to criticize America's democratic process.
Historians & History
Rough Justice: Interview with Tomaz Jardim on the Mauthausen Trials
Back to $chool
It's now cheaper to go to Harvard than Cal State.
The Rock Star as Historian
The Boss is but the latest in a long line of the rock star historian/troubador.
Having the Wildest Tea Ever
Teatime never was so much fun as when it's with two kooky lesbian lovers in 1901 New York.
Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, More Relevant than Ever
The story of a whistleblower in the 1880s resonates deeply today.
Searing "Red Dog Howls" Tells Story of Armenian Genocide
A slow-moving play builds to an unforgettable, gut-wrenching conclusion.
Review of Richard Falk's and David Krieger's The Path to Zero: Dialogues on Nuclear Dangers
Review of Mike Rose's Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education