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History Grapevine Archive

  • 2003: January to December

    VIETNAM SYNDROMEWhether or not the American people have ever got over the Vietnam Syndrome--and their reaction to last week's news on the battlefield suggests they have not--historians have. That is, they have gotten over what Vietnam did to the profession. As Oprah might put it, "they have moved on." The historians' version of the Vietnam Syndrome was an aversion to public debates concerning controversial subjects. After Vietnam split the profess

  • 2002: October to December

    READING TAROT CARDSOne other reader comment (also about Bellesiles) deserves a large audience, if only because it is so suggestive:Subject: FTC, Miss Cleo and AA [Arming America]Posted By: Thomas L. Spencer Date Posted: November 14, 2002, 7:05 PM I was just listening to something on the radio about psychic charlatan Miss Cleo and the Federal Trade Commission. The tarot card

  • 2002: January to December

    READING TAROT CARDSOne other reader comment (also about Bellesiles) deserves a large audience, if only because it is so suggestive:Subject: FTC, Miss Cleo and AA [Arming America]Posted By: Thomas L. Spencer Date Posted: November 14, 2002, 7:05 PM I was just listening to something on the radio about psychic charlatan Miss Cleo and the Federal Trade Commission. The tarot card

  • 2002: June to September

    Click here for the most recent edition of History Grapevine.Click here for the History Grapevine Archives.SEPTEMBER 2002WHEN THE NYT BOOK REVIEW SLAMS YOUR BOOKDo the editors of the New York Times Book Review ever make a mistake? Evidence surfaced two years ago that they

  • 2004: January to August

    SUMMER 2004THE SUMMER THAT WASHere's what you missed while you were napping, reading, or writing this summer. Overseas, China published on an official website the claim that Goguryeo Kingdom --long regarded as a part of the ancestral history of Korea--is actually part of Chinese history. South Koreans--one of whom went so far as to say

  • 2001: September to December

    Click here for the History Grapevine Archives.DECEMBER 2001 HISTORIANS DEMONSTRATE THEIR POWER (OR DO THEY?) Re: The Bush administration's decision to release thousands of pages of Ronald Reagan's presidential papers after historians complained about blocked access. Depending who you read, historians have either (a