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Dismantling Doomsday: Daniel Ellsberg on the Risk of Nuclear Apocalypse

The whistleblower who gave us the Pentagon Papers unveils another secret history — this one ‘dizzyingly insane and immoral.’<p>Daniel Ellsberg is …

The Innovative CIA Agent Who Brokered a Truce in Vietnam

In the Philippines and especially in Vietnam, CIA agent Edward Lansdale rarely worked from the playbook, but while he often got sterling results, he …

Science Says Happy Couples Have These 13 Characteristics | Inc.com

Romantic relationships are challenging, rewarding, confusing, and exhilarating--sometimes all at the same time.<p>Should you take things slowly at the beginning or dive right in? Can things stay hot in the bedroom even after years of being together? What happens when one of you wants to use a holiday …

Korean War, a ‘Forgotten’ Conflict That Shaped the Modern World

The Korean War has been called “the Forgotten War” in the United States, where coverage of the 1950s conflict was censored and its memory decades later is often overshadowed by World War II and the Vietnam War.<p>But the three-year conflict in Korea, which pitted communist and capitalist forces …

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The incredible true story of when WWI stopped for enemy armies to celebrate Christmas together

World War I is, for good reason, remembered as one of the worst wars fought in human history.<p>Millions of soldiers and civilians died in a conflict that changed the way war was waged and set the stage for the rest of the 20th century.<p>But for one night and one day, some units in the warring parties — …

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North Korea crisis tests Cold War's nuclear deterrence doctrine

The doctrine of nuclear deterrence, put to the test in the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang, dates to the Cold War when the world’s two …

An underwater ancient city in Turkey may open up to diving for the first time in 30 years

A sunken city near the island of Kekova, near Antalya in Turkey, may open up to diving for the first time in 30 years. Diving at the ancient underground city has been banned since 1986 in order to preserve it, but with the cooperation of archaeologists and local experts, the ban could be partially …

Yes, Trump is a Threat to Liberal Democracy. And You Should be Worried. - Lawyers, Guns & Money

On Friday, the <i>The New York Times</i> published an opinion piece by Samuel Moyn and David Priestland entitled “Trump isn’t a Threat to Our Democracy. …

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The Bizarre Story of ‘Vasa,’ the Ship That Keeps On Giving

<i>Vasa</i> was the world’s most high-tech warship when it set sail. Today, it’s a resource for naval historians and archaeologists–and a cautionary tale …

Nuclear Imperialism and Extended Deterrence

<i>Published in 1982,</i> Exterminism and Cold War<i> collects essays on nuclear weapons and the Second Cold War written in response to E.P. Thompson's</i> …

If Mary Beard is right, what's happened to the DNA of Africans from Roman Britain?

There are many reasons why a genetic legacy might not be seen in contemporary populations – Mary Beard was right to defend the BBC’s cartoon<p>If you have been on social media at all for the last couple of weeks, you are likely aware of what may be one of the silliest controversies ever: whether a …

Anthropology

Dunkirk, the War and the Amnesia of the Empire

OXFORD, England — Two and a half million soldiers drawn from Britain’s empire in South Asia fought in World War II. But they are missing from many British commemorations and accounts of the war — an absence reinforced by Christopher Nolan’s new film “Dunkirk,” which does not feature any of the …

Did the US Win the Cold War Against Russia?

Newsweek published this story under the headline “Reagan Leaves the Democrats Mumbling” on October 27, 1986. In light of recent news involving …

Wars of the Roman Republic

Early Republican Wars<p>Farming and plunder were the most popular ways of providing for one's family during the early period of Roman history. Not just …

What Motivated Japanese Aggression in World War II?

In the 1930s and 1940s, Japan seemed intent on colonizing all of Asia. It seized vast swathes of land and numerous islands; Korea was already under …

Here's what happened after North Korea shot down an American plane in 1969

It sounds—and it is—alarming, but it's worth noting we've been here before.<p>On April 15, 1969, North Korean MiG fighter planes shot down an American EC-121 spy plane flying off the coast of the Korean Peninsula (but still over international waters), killing all 31 crew members.<p>President Richard …

On this day in AD 455: the beginning of the end for Rome

On 2 June AD 455, Gaiseric and his Vandals arrived at Rome’s gates. What followed was two weeks that shook the world.<p>At least that’s how it’s often told. In fact, it was a lot less dramatic.<p>The Vandals were the second group of “barbarians” to sack Rome. The first attack had come on 24 August 410, …

How a Spanish chicken farmer became the greatest double agent of World War II

In 1941, Catalonian chicken farmer Juan Pujol made an unlikely leap into the world of international espionage, becoming a spy first for the Germans, …

How did the Romans communicate with the many cultures they conquered?

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts<p>How did the Romans communicate with the many and various cultures they occupied?<p><i>Stuart Hammal, Portsmouth</i><p>• Post your answers – and new questions …

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The olive oil the Romans loved

The oil produced from olive trees in Spain’s Castellón Province was once consumed by Roman soldiers.<p>In Castellón Province, Spain, you’ll see evidence of Roman life everywhere.<p>Stretches of the ancient Vía Augusta, which was the longest thoroughfare through the Iberian Peninsula during Roman rule, …

Italy

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Russia successfully tests hypersonic missile - Russia Beyond

Russia’s new hypersonic anti-ship Zircon missile has reached eight times the speed of sound during the test, a source with Russia’s defense sector told TASS.<p>"During the tests of the missile it was confirmed that its speed reaches eight Mach," the source said. Mach is the ratio of the speed of a …

'World War III' Now Trending on Google

As tensions rise abroad, Google searches for “World War 3” are at an all-time high, The Hill reports.<p>“New data provided by Google shows a surge in …

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Syria and the S-400: The Most Dangerous Game of Cat and Mouse on Earth

Russia and the United States are once again squaring off over Syria following the use of nerve gas in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 and a U.S. cruise …

How Lenin came to lead the Russian Revolution - Russia Beyond

When the February Revolution of 1917 took place, Lenin was in Switzerland. He did not return to Russia until over a month later, in early April.<p>At the time, the Petrograd Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies was sharing power with the Provisional Government. Lenin was the leader of one of the …

Armageddon: The Devastating Consequences of a Second Korean War

The label of the North Korean state as a Marxist-Leninist regime, even of the particularly repressive Maoist Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution …

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How the BBC’s truth offensive beat Hitler’s propaganda machine

Accurate radio reporting of British defeats helped win trust of German listeners<p>When it came to winning the war against Hitler’s sophisticated propaganda machine, the BBC hit upon an ingenious idea: tell the unvarnished truth.<p>An academic trawl of the corporation’s archives has revealed that while …

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