• When Nations Apologize

    by Edwin Battistella

    National apologies are a big deal: they acknowledge the past to help move everyone forward. No wonder they’re so hard.

  • How new is “fake news”?

    by James W. Cortada

    What history teaches us is that American politics seemed to generate more fake news than almost any other activity of the nation.

  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.

  • 10 facts about the origins of American deportation policy

    by Hidetaka Hirota

    Where did the policy come from? When and why was it introduced in the United States? Who was the target of removal law? How were deportation laws enforced? In "Expelling the Poor," historian Hidetaka Hirota answers these questions in revealing the roots of immigration restriction in the United States.

  • The Putin Anomaly

    by Leon Aron

    In modern European history, Vladimir Putin is the first classically reactionary and even revanchist leader who is not, or at least not yet, an anti-Semite.

  • A Consequential Presidency

    by David Greenberg

    Bill Clinton rescued his party from near obscurity a quarter century ago. Democrats would be wise to closely examine the lessons of his tenure as they set out to rebuild after the devastating 2016 elections.