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  • The Battle of Gettysburg at 150

    by David Austin Walsh

    Hancock at Gettysburg by Thure de Thulstrup. Credit: Wiki Commons.The Battle of Gettysburg marks its 150th anniversary this week (so does the Union victory at the siege of Vicksburg, but good luck seeing anything about that in the media).To mark the occasion, we've assembled a list of resources -- digital collections, books, and news stories -- about the battle and the Civil War that are worth closer examination.And of course, please share your favorite Civil War books in the comments! We're pretty well read here at HNN, but considering that the amount of works published on the Civil War easily numbers in the tens of thousands, we certainly haven't read (or even heard of) them all!Digital Resources

  • HNN Hot Topics: MOOCs

    Image via Shutterstock/Flickr.NewsCoursera contract with UT system released; history chair says no MOOCs at Knoxville this fall (6-3-13)Historians at MOOC partner schools say faculty not consulted (5-30-13)San Jose State professors fire back at online class offer (5-25-13)Profs get ready for tens of thousands of students in online courses (1-14-13)Commentary

  • HNN Hot Topics: Terrorism

    Aftermath of bombing of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Credit: FlickrHistorian's TakeHistorian of terrorism worried about rise in militia groups (ABC News, 3-30-10)Gérard Chaliand: Why We Need a Cool Assessment of Terrorism (History News Network, 7-29-07)Walter Laqueur: Terrorism Won't Be Defeated in Our Lifetime (Wall Street Journal, 7-12-05)Histories of Terrorism

  • HNN Hot Topics: Pope Francis

    News Priest 'not denounced' by pope (3-20-13) Slum Priests: Pope Francis's Early Years (3-20-13) Francis and Argentina's "disappeared" (3-14-13) Did Pope Francis collaborate with the Argentine junta? (3-13-13) Why the new pope's name matters (3-12-13) Commentary: Historians

  • HNN Hot Topics: The Iraq War Ten Years Later

    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian L. Wickliffe.News10 years later, an anniversary many Iraqis would prefer to ignore (3-19-13)PollsPOLL: Has the Media Been Open Enough About Its Role in the Iraq War?Poll: Iraq War not worth it (3-17-13)Iraq: The spies who fooled the world (3-17-13)Commentary

  • HNN Hot Topics: Hugo Chavez, 1954-2013

    News Hugo Chávez of Venezuela dies (3-5-13) Commentary: Historians Greg Grandin: The Legacy of Hugo Chávez (3-5-13) Commentary: Media Mac Margolis: Hugo Chávez’s House of Cards (3-7-13 Tariq Ali: Hugo Chávez and Me (3-6-13)Francisco Toro: What Fidel Taught Hugo (3-5-13) Past Controversies: South of the Border

  • The Petraeus Affair

    David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell in 2011. Credit: Flickr/U.S. Navy.News For Petraeus, echoes of that other warrior David (11-14-12) Adultery, an ancient crime that remains on many books (11-14-12) The quandary for biographers: get up close, but how personal? (11-13-12) With digital trail, an end to the hushed affair (11-10-12) A short history of spies and their sex scandals (11-9-12) Commentary

  • HNN Hot Topics: Natural Disasters

    Hurricane Sandy from space as it approaches the Atlantic coast of the United States, October 28, 2012. Credit: NASA. Hurricane Sandy Matthew Algeo: Grover Cleveland’s Hurricane (11-1-12) Walter Russell Mead: Nature and Nature’s God (10-31-12) Carl Zimring: How Hurricane Sandy Affected One Historian (i.e. Me) (10-31-12) Q & A

  • HNN Hot Topics: Egypt

    Tahrir Square on February 9, 2011, at the height of the protests which toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak. Credit: Flickr/Jonathan Rashad.Related Links HNN Hot Topics: Libya HNN Hot Topics: Arab Spring News Clashes in Egypt Leave Historical Archive in Ruins (12-20-11) Commentary: Historians

  • HNN Hot Topics: Libya

    Rebel fighters at positions outside Brega, Libya, show their support for the opposition and their enthusiastic belief that they will overthrow the government in Tripoli, March 10, 2011. Credit: Voice of America.Related Links HNN Hot Topics: Egypt HNN Hot Topics: Arab Spring News

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