Week of April 22, 2013
|Historians Still Despise George W. Bush|
David Austin Walsh
A new HNN poll shows that the former president remains a failure in the eyes of historians.
Tags: George W. Bush, historians, presidential legacies, presidential rankings
On Topic: Boston Marathon Bombing
|Murder! Madness! Terror!|
Sports events are supposed to be places of peaceful competition, but terrorists have been targeting games for years.
Tags: sports, anarchism, Boston Marathon bombing, terrorism
|No, Senator Graham, Domestic Drones are NOT a Good Idea|
Daniel Martin Varisco
“It sure would be nice to have a drone up there...” is a sentiment more fitting for Big Brother than a U.S. senator.
Tags: Boston Marathon bombing, drones, gun control, Lindsay Graham
|Don't Let the Boston Bombing Roll Back the Rights of Immigrants|
The U.S. needs to embrace the ethics of universal human rights.
Tags: immigration reform, citizenship, human rights, immigrants
| The Ideology Behind the Boston Marathon Bombing|
Timothy R. Furnish
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have acted alone, but they drew inspiration from a heady Islamist cocktail.
Tags: Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Islamism, Tamerlan Tsarnaev
| Terror in Boston: It's About Guns, Not Bombs|
Robert Brent Toplin
Would reasonable background checks have prevented the Boston bombing?
Tags: Boston Marathon bombing, gun control, guns, terrorism
|Historians React to Chaos in Boston|
Tags: Boston Marathon bombing, historians, Storify, Twitter
On Topic: Chechnya
|Who Are The Chechens?|
Brian Glyn Williams
A highland people from the Caucasus are now the focus of America's attention.
Tags: Boston Marathon bombing, Chechen history, Chechnya, terrorism
|Chechnya: What You Need to Know|
David R. Stone
Since Russia's victory in the Second Chechen War, Chechen terrorism has been motivated less by nationalism and more by jihadism.
Tags: Boston Marathon bombing, Chechen Wars, Chechnya, Russia
|A Brief History of Chechen Terrorism|
Thomas R. Mockaitis
The 2010 Moscow Metro bombing and the 2011 Moscow airport bombing killed 40 and 37 people, respectively -- and those are just the most recent attacks in Moscow alone.
Tags: Chechnya, Chechen terrorism, terrorism, Russia
|Russia, Stalin's Crimes, and Genocide|
Norman M. Naimark
In 1944, the Soviet dictator signed orders to deport the entire Chechen nation to Central Asia.
Tags: genocide, Joseph Stalin, Russia, Soviet Union
|Russia's Forgotten Caucasian Genocide|
The Chechens aren't the only Caucasian people with longstanding greviances against Moscow.
Tags: Circassia, genocide, Russia, Russian Empire
OAH Annual Meeting
|Highlights from the 2013 OAH Annual Meeting|
Tags: annual meetings, OAH 2013, San Francisco
|Tough Times to Be Lobbying for History on Capitol Hill|
David Austin Walsh
Lee White is fighting the good fight for history in the halls of Congress, but is anybody listening?
Tags: budgets, Capitol Hill, Lee White, National Coalition for History
HNN Teacher's Edition: For Grade School
HNN’s Teacher’s Edition is designed to help busy teachers build classes around topics in the news. With just a few minutes preparation, teachers will be able to teach a class on current events, even if they haven't been in a position to follow the news closely.
News at Home
| The Senate's Shameful Lack of Courage on Guns|
Walter G. Moss
John F. Kennedy would be embarrassed by the performance of the "world's greatest deliberative body" in the gun control debate.
Tags: gun control, guns, John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senate
|Filling the Empty Battlefield|
Jeremy Scahill, blowback reporter.
Tags: Boston Marathon bombing, George W. Bush, Jeremy Scahill, war on terror
|Arms: That’s Where the Money Goes|
Lawrence S. Wittner
The F-35 alone will cost $1.5 trillion.
Tags: arms trade, defense spending, F-35, Pentagon
| Why the Brits -- But Not the Yanks -- Quarreled over Thatcher's Finale|
Presidents tend to be shielded from the level of vitriol shown for Britain's Iron Lady.
Tags: Margaret Thatcher, United Kingdom, Ronald Reagan, presidents
History & Historians
|"Cities are the Living Embodiments of Past Decisions"|
Interview with University of Washington historian Margaret O'Mara on her innovative urban digital history curriculum, designed for undergrads.
Tags: digital humanities, Margaret O'Mara, Seattle, urban history
|Review of Alex Sayf Cummings's Democracy of Sound|
Making a usable history of music copyright.
Tags: Alex Sayf Cummings, bootlegging, copyright, Democracy of Sound
|Review of Richard Rashke's Useful Enemies|
How the U.S. gave a free pass to all too many Nazi war criminals.
Tags: CIA, Nazis, Richard Rashke, war criminals
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