Tokyo gets into communal bawling.
Two new histories single out the power of fear in driving the French Revolution and its aftermath.
Hundreds of thousands of stressed-out people across France have recently taken to an unlikely means of relaxation.
For half a century, memories of the Holocaust limited anti-Semitism on the Continent. That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks in Paris and Copenhagen are merely the latest examples of rising violence against Jews. Renewed vitriol among right-wing fascists and new threats from radicalized Islamists have created a crisis, confronting Jews with an agonizing choice.
Grandmothers are creating a ruckus in China's public spaces.
A quarter century after the Velvet Revolution, Václav Havel's legacy is in disarray. His life illuminates a dissident generation's dreams and the revenge that history has taken on them.
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The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
Revisiting Dostoyevsky’s St. Petersburg haunts in the Putin era
Instead of leaving the office early, elite Muscovites are taking their offices on the road.
The toy-crazed "kidults" of South Korea
Remembering a time when Islamist extremists wanted to persuade reporters, not kill them
Russian archives reveal that he was no madman, but a very smart and implacably rational ideologue.
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The country's intensifying efforts to redraw maritime borders have its neighbors, and the U.S., fearing war. But does the aggression reflect a government growing in power—or one facing a crisis of legitimacy?
The fighting in Europe prompted a noted British philosopher and pacifist to trace the “cruel absurdities” that had produced a world war—and to hope for peaceful means to settle future disputes.
Even the lowest of the carnivorous animals do not kill members of their own species for no good reason.
At a village near the northern tip of France, the symbol of Christ caused Allied soldiers’ deaths.
As societies mobilized for an unexpected and undesired war, governments used posters as a propaganda tool.
Comrades remain comrades, said an American pilot, even after they fall.
Only the United States sought nothing selfish or commercial from going to war.
How nationalistic fervor broke up a happy home
The president's physician witnessed the drama behind closed doors at the peace conference.
The Germans who came of age after the Great War cursed their ruined economy and the stigma of war guilt.