Current Events in Historical Context

  • Thinking Globally about Student Protest

    Current Events in Historical Context, Perspectives Daily

    John Delury and Jeffrey Wasserstrom | May 30, 2024

    Many Americans are looking to 1968 to explain today’s campus protests—but there are more recent movements in Asia that could shed some light.
  • Blessed Are the Peacemakers

    Current Events in Historical Context, Perspectives Daily

    James Graham Wilson | Mar 22, 2023

    Without Mikhail Gorbachev’s unusual decisions, the end of the Cold War might have looked very different.
  • Putin's Past

    Current Events in Historical Context, Features

    William Partlett | Dec 7, 2022

    Authoritarians have often grounded their claims to power in a version of history. Why?
  • From Inclusive Public Schools to Divisive Concepts

    Current Events in Historical Context, From the President

    James H. Sweet | Dec 15, 2021

    His own experiences in public schools have influenced AHA president James H. Sweet’s views on recent “divisive concepts” debates.

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  • Paralympic Pioneer

    Dennis Frost | Aug 23, 2021

    With six decades of history, Japan's Paralympic roots run far deeper than most people realize. 
  • The Phantom Olympics

    Paul Droubie | Jul 21, 2021

    Japan's decision to forfeit hosting the 1940 Olympic Games was the result of conflicting ideological impulses at the core of its Olympic bid. 
  • A Juneteenth Dilemma

    Channon Miller and T.J. Tallie | Jun 22, 2021

    Juneteenth has a specific cultural history and intent; it cannot be generalized into a wider celebration of freedom for all people in the United States.
  • Colorizing Photos from the Past

    Tara Tran | May 20, 2021

    An artist's efforts to colorize and alter images of people incarcerated, tortured, and murdered by the Khmer Rouge perpetuated a...
  • Keeping It Real

    Abe Gibson | May 17, 2021

    How can historians combat "deepfakes," videos altered to show hyper-realistic people saying or doing things they never actually said or did?

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