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World War 2



  • My Husband the War Criminal

    The posthumous release of Nancy Dougherty's biography of the Nazi secret police chief emphasizes his bureaucratic cunning. Does it minimize his ideological commitment to Nazism, or the crimes he carried out? 



  • You Do Not, Under Any Circumstances, Gotta Hand it To America Firsters

    by Eric Rauchway

    Critics of American aid to Ukraine have misconstrued the history of FDR's "Lend-Lease" aid to Britain and the USSR as a factor that pushed the world into total war. It's worth considering the political affiliations of people who made that argument in 1941. 



  • Could the US Win a Modern-Day Battle of Midway?

    by Brendan Simms and Steven McGregor

    With growing Chinese naval power in the Pacific, two historians consider how well the Navy could respond to a confrontation on the high seas. 



  • Can We Condemn One Empire Without Affirming Another?

    by Moon-Ho Jung

    The experience of left-wing Japanese Americans, who rejected Japanese imperialism while being oppressed by American nationalism, shows that war forces an artificial binary of national allegiance. 



  • The Forgotten Story of the "Red Ball Express"

    by Matthew Delmont

    "From August through November 1944, 23,000 American truck drivers and cargo loaders – 70% of whom were Black – moved more than 400,000 tons of ammunition, gasoline, medical supplies and rations to battlefronts in France, Belgium and Germany."