The tangled tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots

Over the past four-plus centuries, Mary’s reputation has waxed and waned. A movie due out this year should put a positive spin on it

The tangled tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots
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Over the past four-plus centuries, Mary’s reputation has waxed and waned. A movie due out this year should put a positive spin on it

The Black Death and its aftermath

Surprisingly, post-Black Death populations tended to live longer and enjoy better health and standards of living

The Black Death and its aftermath
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Surprisingly, post-Black Death populations tended to live longer and enjoy better health and standards of living

Curb the impulse to distort history for partisan purposes

History is not about judging the past or the people who lived it. It is about understanding how past events made us who we are today

Curb the impulse to distort history for partisan purposes
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History is not about judging the past or the people who lived it. It is about understanding how past events made us who we are today

Poland’s 20th century tragedy

Stuck between Germany and the Soviet Union didn't stop thousands of Poles from contributing to the war effort in the 1940s

Poland’s 20th century tragedy
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Stuck between Germany and the Soviet Union didn’t stop thousands of Poles from contributing to the war effort in the 1940s

Adolf Hitler’s fateful mistake

If Hitler had declared war on Japan in support of the U.S., he might have kept the U.S. out of the European war. And that would have changed history

Adolf Hitler’s fateful mistake
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If Hitler had declared war on Japan in support of the U.S., he might have kept the U.S. out of the European war. And that would have changed history

John F. Kennedy: an anglophile for all seasons

The storied president was more English than Irish, despite being seen as the ultimate symbol of Irish-American success and social acceptance

John F. Kennedy: an anglophile for all seasons
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The storied president was more English than Irish, despite being seen as the ultimate symbol of Irish-American success and social acceptance

Was the Ukrainian Red Famine genocide or incompetence?

Historians are divided on Josef Stalin’s intent in the Ukraine that resulted in millions of deaths. Anne Applebaum’s new book has revived the dispute

Was the Ukrainian Red Famine genocide or incompetence?
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Historians are divided on Josef Stalin’s intent in the Ukraine that resulted in millions of deaths. Anne Applebaum’s new book has revived the dispute

Dunkirk and the maligned Belgians

When disaster comes calling, shifting the blame is generally not too far behind, and war is the perfect setting for laying blame

Dunkirk and the maligned Belgians
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When disaster comes calling, shifting the blame is generally not too far behind, and war is the perfect setting for laying blame

The political ties that bind: Lougheed and Blakeney

How a deep trust and enduring friendship helped craft Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and ensure lasting provincial autonomy

The political ties that bind: Lougheed and Blakeney
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This is part 4 in our series Political friendships

How a deep trust and enduring friendship helped craft Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and ensure lasting provincial autonomy

‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’

While it might be silly to argue the Berlin Wall came down because of Ronald Reagan, he demonstrated unusual prescience about the Soviet Union’s fragility

‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’
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While it might be silly to argue the Berlin Wall came down because of Ronald Reagan, he demonstrated unusual prescience about the Soviet Union’s fragility