As fascist armies conquered much of Spain, a writer publicly and famously denounced high-ranking officers right to their faces. Or did he?
For centuries, book-makers, printers, furniture-makers and, now, programmers have worked to answer: how do you find what you need in a book?
The Harlem Renaissance continues to serve as a source of pride and dignity as well as ammunition in the ongoing struggle for civil rights.
In May 1381, rebels burned documents at Cambridge, then scattered the ashes to the wind. But why were universities targeted by the rebels?
Today, trade and globalization often reinforce the incentives for coercion and violence. But what might the history of India reveal about the economic conditions of toleration?
Annotations isn’t a book you read for the plot. It’s more of a “Notes toward...” that remains just that: always towards, never quite arriving.
“Americans—whether they believe they are not racist or whether they are stone-cold racists—still struggle to see the structures of racism.”
“They all wanted to imagine a different possibility of an integrated neighborhood, where folks worked together.”
An educated public grew out of freedom, W. E. B. Du Bois claimed. And education was also freedom’s surest protector.
With decades of creativity—that ended with World War I—Vienna jolted Western art and culture forward into high modernity. But how?
Benzion Netanyahu—father of the former prime minister—is not the protagonist; rather, it is his scholarship and the practice of history itself.
The current owner of the Lion House is happy to let rumors about his property’s basement passageway simmer.
The United States originates in settler colonialism, slavery, empire, and a long history of giving refuge to some while refusing refuge to others.
The “border” is not a line on the ground, but a tool to enable violence and surveillance.
Games like Crusader Kings III build feudalism into their code, and in so doing assert the supremacy of the modern global North.
Nobody knows what will be useful in the future. And this is why we so often find humanistic activities in the seeds and roots of STEM.
Opposition to imperialism unites the struggles of our times. To recognize empire is to take a necessary step towards a more just world.
Both America First nationalism and postwar liberalism refuse to face the challenges of the globalized world that America itself inaugurated.
What happens when a regime founded upon exclusion, racism, nationalism, and an authoritarian leader ends? In Spain, such a regime never really ended.
Today, Jewish philanthropy—like all philanthropy—is big business, thanks to US philanthropy’s torturous entanglement with US capitalism.