Political History

  • Rewarding Risk

    Kathleen Day | Apr 3, 2019

    Deposit insurance was meant to stop bank runs. But by generating unwarranted confidence in the banking system, it creates danger.
  • Prosecuting Torture

    W. Fitzhugh Brundage | Mar 20, 2019

    Intended to enable the prosecution of torturers, the legislation ended up as sand in the gears of the War on Terror.
  • Samuel T. McSeveney (1930–2017)

    Paul K. Conkin | Nov 1, 2018

    Samuel T. McSeveney, professor of history emeritus at Vanderbilt University, died on August 5, 2017.
  • Declassification Woes

    Seth Denbo | Sep 19, 2018

    Historians criticize the Department of Defense for its slow and incomplete declassification of historically significant documents.
  • Request Denied

    Seth Denbo | Aug 27, 2018

    Interference by political appointees may imperil the future of the Historical Advisory Committee.
  • RIP to the Liberal Order

    Suzy Kim | Aug 13, 2018

    Misgivings about the end of the liberal order following the US-North Korea summit ignore the US historical record.
  • Rules of Trade

    Dane Kennedy | Jul 20, 2018

    President Trump calls international trade rules “unfair” to the United States. Do historians agree?
  • Digging through the Hillary Clinton Email Archive

    Max Kemman | Jun 7, 2018

    Students in Max Kemman's digital history course use Voyant Tools to analyze the Hillary Clinton Email Archive.
  • Demolishing “Participatory Dictatorship”

    Andrew Demshuk | May 21, 2018

    The destruction of Leipzig's University Church in 1968 revealed the insincerity of the German Democratic Republic's rhetoric of "people's democracy," writes Andrew Demshuk.
  • “Our Biggest Mistake Is That We Trusted You Too Much”

    Jeffrey A. Engel | May 10, 2018

    Jeffrey Engel, founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, explains how Russian President Vladimir Putin...
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