Does history offer lessons for the present? Skeptics about the possibility of drawing meaningful, specific, and persuasive lessons from history may be strengthened in their views by the two documents below.
by Julia Gossard and Shaherzad Ahmadi
Last week scholars from around the world gathered at the UT Institute for Historical Studies for a conference on Chinese diaspora and the Cold War. The conference was organized by UT historian Madeline Hsu and her colleagues in Hong Kong and the US. You can read a summary of the research they presented here.
In the months following his resounding electoral triumph over Barry Goldwater in November 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson made momentous decisions to escalate U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. Most consequentially, he ordered the bombing of North Vietnam: first retaliatory strikes following a National Liberation Front attack on the U.S.
What might a future national monument to the Iraq war look like? This month marks 10 years since that conflict began on March 20, 2003. From a decade on, we can only begin to see how future historians and future generations will interpret the war and what questions they will ask. For now, Americans seem inclined to put it behind them.
We are celebrating Women’s History Month this year with recommendations of new books in Women’s History from some of our faculty and graduate students. From third-century North Africa to sixteenth-century Mexico to the twentieth-century in Russia and the US, and more…
I have been refighting the Second World War my entire life. My campaign began with the board game Axis and Allies and continued on the computer with Panzer General and Close Combat. I spent hours as a teenager designing scenarios for the war in Civilization II, with a computer mouse in one hand and my history textbook in the other.
UT Grad Student, Jonathan Hunt, wrote an excellent blog essay — published in the Huffington Post — on the role of chemical weapons in recent US-Russian negotations over Syria.
Professor Jeremi Suri to Lead K-12 Gilder Lehrman Seminar on American Foreign Policy Since 1898