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‘1917’ Turns a Horrific War Into an Uplifting Hero’s Journey

‘1917’ Turns a Horrific War Into an Uplifting Hero’s Journey

World War I was a disaster, but Sam Mendes’s Oscar-nominated epic paints a dangerously misleading picture of the conflict.

The Main Theme of ‘1917’? The Innocence That War Destroys

Tucked into the plot of Sam Mendes’s new film is a portrayal of the youth and innocence that is so readily destroyed in war.

The Main Theme of ‘1917’? The Innocence That War Destroys

Tucked into the plot of Sam Mendes’s new film is a portrayal of the youth and innocence that is so readily destroyed in war.
‘1917’ Becomes Oscar Front-Runner After Producers Guild Win

‘1917’ Becomes Oscar Front-Runner After Producers Guild Win

Its director, Sam Mendes, dedicated the award to his grandfather, a World War I veteran who was one of the inspirations behind the war film.
The Forgotten Story of Christmas 1918

The Forgotten Story of Christmas 1918

We remember the 1914 Christmas Truce as a moment of humanity amid war. Four years later, a darker tale unfolded.
The Man Who Predicted Nazi Germany

The Man Who Predicted Nazi Germany

In 1919, John Maynard Keynes foresaw the chaos that would follow from the Versailles peace treaty.
How Did Armistice Day Become Veterans Day in the United States?

How Did Armistice Day Become Veterans Day in the United States?

The holiday, which originally marked the end of World War I, was broadened in the 1950s to honor veterans of all wars.
How Did Armistice Day Become Veterans Day in the United States?

How Did Armistice Day Become Veterans Day in the United States?

The holiday, which originally marked the end of World War I, was broadened in the 1950s to honor veterans of all wars.
How Did Armistice Day Become Veterans Day in the United States?

How Did Armistice Day Become Veterans Day in the United States?

The holiday, which originally marked the end of World War I, was broadened in the 1950s to honor all veterans.
House Passes Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide

House Passes Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide

It is the first time that a chamber of Congress has officially designated the 1915 slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide.
House Passes Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide

House Passes Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide

It is the first time that a chamber of Congress has officially designated the 1915 slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide.
House Passes Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide

House Passes Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide

It is the first time that a chamber of Congress has officially designated the 1915 slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide.
The Sex-Crazed Poet Strongman Who (Briefly) Built an Empire

The Sex-Crazed Poet Strongman Who (Briefly) Built an Empire

Gabriele d’Annunzio pioneered the politics of the spectacle.
In 1919, an Opera Tried to Heal a Broken Europe

In 1919, an Opera Tried to Heal a Broken Europe

“Die Frau ohne Schatten” imagined an enlightened, democratic empire.

The Unstable Artist Who Helped Invent Expressionism

The Neue Galerie’s mesmerizing survey of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner reveals the genius behind the shocking surface. (Don’t blame absinthe.)
Israel’s First Prime Minister Was Complicated. So Is This Book About His Life.

Israel’s First Prime Minister Was Complicated. So Is This Book About His Life.

In “A State at Any Cost,” a controversial historian explores David Ben-Gurion’s single-minded dream of building a Jewish state in Palestine.
What the Hapsburg Empire Got Right

What the Hapsburg Empire Got Right

Derided as the “prison of nations,” the sprawling, multiethnic state was in fact surprisingly progressive.
He Ran an Empire of Soap and Mayonnaise. Now He Wants to Reinvent Capitalism.

He Ran an Empire of Soap and Mayonnaise. Now He Wants to Reinvent Capitalism.

As chief executive of Unilever, Paul Polman tapped into the company’s history in an effort to make it more sustainable, and profitable.
He Ran an Empire of Soap and Mayonnaise. Now He Wants to Reinvent Capitalism.

He Ran an Empire of Soap and Mayonnaise. Now He Wants to Reinvent Capitalism.

As chief executive of Unilever, Paul Polman tapped into the company’s history in an effort to make it more sustainable, and profitable.

Overlooked No More: Lau Sing Kee, War Hero Jailed for Helping Immigrants

Kee was awarded for his bravery in World War I, but later became a convicted criminal when he skirted discriminatory laws to help immigrants move to America from China.