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  • American History Magazine

    One Nation Under God

    There is perhaps no more personal issue than religion, and there are few things that Americans will defend more passionately than their right to believe as they choose. Freedom of religion is the first right guaranteed in the Bill of...

  • Military History Magazine

    Interview: Anthony Pagden- East Is East, West Is West

    Anthony Pagden’s book at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West Worlds stands out as an ambitious overview of what is either one of history’s longest-running conflicts (Western view) or a succession of mostly unrelated...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Ghost Town: Grafton, Utah

    In 1849 Elder Parley P. Pratt, the great-great-grandfather of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, led the first Mormons into southwestern Utah, describing it as “a country…turned inside out, upside down, by terrible convulsions in some...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: The Holy See and Hitler’s Germany

    The Holy See and Hitler’s Germany By Gerhard Besier. 272 pp. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. $35. Densely packed and often less-than-elegantly translated, this rewarding exercise in historiography draws extensively on documents held in the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Bragadin’s Defense

    In 1571, a Venetian captain’s fatal defiance at Famagusta hardened the lines between the Christian and Muslim worlds. On a late September day in the autumn of 1571, Marc’Antonio Bragadin, commander of the Venetian fortress of Famagusta...

  • American History Magazine

    The First: Book Printed in America

    For the flock of Puritans who founded Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, a physical break from the Church of England wasn’t enough. A group of “pious and learned ministers” took it on themselves to translate the Book of Psalms from...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: God’s Almost Chosen Peoples

    God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War  by George C. Rable, University of North Carolina Press, 2010, $35 UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA professor George Rable has carved out an unusual legacy by rotating...

  • Military History Magazine

    Buddha: Enlightened Warrior

    In his youth Siddhartha Gautama was a brawny, six-foot warrior prince, trained in the art of war—and perhaps touched by tragedy. It is a curious fact of military history that the founders of three of the world’s four major religions...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Book Review: America Aflame

    America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation by David Goldfield; Bloomsbury Press Did evangelical religion cause the Civil War? This fascinating book’s emphatic answer: Yes. America, its settlers and founders believed, was God’s...

  • American History Magazine

    Horace Greeley Interrogates Brigham Young

    When Horace Greeley stepped off a stagecoach in Salt Lake City on a sunny July day in 1859, he carried an umbrella and wore a white suit, a white overcoat and a white hat. It was an odd outfit for a hot day in the desert, but it was...

  • American History Magazine

    Why Was Life So Hard for the Pilgrims?

    America was an unrivaled paradise with rivers full of fish and forests full of game. Even the much-feared natives weren’t so savage. Yet within a year, more than half the colonists at Plymouth, Jamestown, and perhaps Roanoke, were dead....

  • Ask Mr. History

    Recommendations for Books on the Moors?

    Could you please tell me the names of some good history books that talk about the Moors?  I am interested in learning how the Moors and the Muslims interacted. Thanks Judy   ???   Dear Judy,   There are lots of books...

  • Wild West Magazine

    A Bridger Too Far

    Scout Jim Bridger advised invading U.S. soldiers to take the long way to Salt Lake City, which—for better or worse—kept the Utah Expedition from reaching the Mormon capital in 1857. There was always the chance that too many horses...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Missions, Sea Otters and California Indians

    The Spanish wanted to convert the local Indians, while the Russians chose to exploit the coastal marine life. Guess which Europeans the Indians preferred? In October 1771, within a month of the founding of Mission San Gabriel Arcángel (in...

  • American History Magazine

    Interview with John M. Barry, scholar and writer

    John M. Barry dropped out of graduate school in history to become a football coach, eventually rising to assistant coach at Tulane University. He quit coaching to write, first as a freelance journalist in Washington, D. C., where he...

  • HistoryNet

    Crisis Watch: Sorting the Chaos

    Why the Arab Spring jumped off the rails. Impatient journalists and disappointed Washington officials shake their heads at the confusion, intolerance and violence that has followed the “Arab Spring.” They’re being naïve. Undoing the...