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Early in the Civil War, the Union narrowly avoided war with Britain.
On the history of Broadway
On the odd and brainy Claiborne Pell
On animated pies and other curiosities of sixteenth-century life.
In 1860, John C. Breckinridge ran for president against Lincoln, and broke the Democrats in two.
On how books were used as weapons.
Napoleon, Britain, and the Siege of Cádiz.
Monumental paintings from the Qing dynasty document the power of its emperors.
The Transformation of “Advice and Consent”
A young historian pours forth The French Revolution, blood and all, inspiring a generation of Victorian writers.
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Humboldt in the New World
Journeying through South America, Alexander von Humboldt sought nothing less than "the unity of nature."
By Anna Maria Gillis
Done with Tolstoy
Famed translators Pevear and Volokhonsky reach another milestone.
By Kevin Mahnken
A Workingman's Poet
Frankness and plain speaking made Carl Sandburg a celebrity.
By Danny Heitman
The Blue Humanities
In studying the sea, we are returning to our beginnings.
By John R. Gillis
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What accounts for Emerson's endurance as a writer?
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