Dark Truths About Britain’s Imperial Past

Caroline Elkins’s “Legacy of Violence” details the terrible price paid by peoples under the rule of the British Empire.

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Zelensky and Churchill Are True Leaders

The pivotal and motivating power of individual charismatic leadership.

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Walls, Dreams and Genocide: Zelensky Invokes History to Rally Support

The Ukrainian leader, a former actor, has invoked emotional moments in the history of nations from which he is hoping to secure support. We look at five of his recent speeches.

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With Humor, and a Nod to History, Johnson and Zelensky Find a Rapport

Forging an alliance with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine was a natural for Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister. The two share a sense of the moment.

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On Trump, Truth and Press Coverage

Responses to a column by Ross Douthat about Donald Trump, politics and the press. Also: Russia and Ukraine; keeping place names; F.D.R. and Churchill.

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The Decision That Cost Hitler the War

“Hitler’s American Gamble,” by Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman, examines Hitler’s ill-fated choice to declare war on the United States.

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Clarissa Eden, British Countess and Political Influencer, Dies at 101

The iconoclastic niece of Winston Churchill, she was married to Prime Minister Anthony Eden, who was at the helm during the Suez crisis.

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Book Review: ‘Churchill’s Shadow,’ by Geoffrey Wheatcroft

“Churchill’s Shadow,” by Geoffrey Wheatcroft, may be the best single-volume indictment of Churchill yet written.

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The Controversy Over Statues and How We Commemorate the Past

Alex von Tunzelmann’s “Fallen Idols” looks at the arguments surrounding 12 figures from history, and what they tell us about both the past and the present.

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Eighty Years Later, Biden and Johnson Revise the Atlantic Charter for a New Era

The original was the work of Churchill and Roosevelt at the dawn of World War II. The new version pledges cooperation against 21st century global challenges and rivalries.

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Angelina Jolie’s Churchill Painting Fetches $11.5 Million

The painting, “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque,” was a gift to Jolie by Brad Pitt and is believed to be Churchill’s only World War II-era landscape.

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After Biden’s Inauguration: Pride and Relief

Readers felt uplifted by the inauguration ceremony. One described his “renewed appreciation of American democracy and the rituals that celebrate it.”

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Book Review: ‘Britain at Bay,’ by Alan Allport

Alan Allport’s “Britain at Bay” looks at the early years of World War II and has some surprising things to say about Britain’s leaders.

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In This Election, Mom Knows Best — Again

“If Trump were running against a giraffe, I’d vote for the giraffe.”

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Was Churchill a Great Man?

Two new books, Richard Toye’s “Winston Churchill: A Life in the News” and “The Churchill Myths,” by Steven Fielding, Bill Schwarz and Toye, examine Churchill’s career and legacy.

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‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ May Not Work in a Time of Pandemic

Eighty years after Londoners rallied in the face of the deadly German Blitz, many are flouting the rules aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Managing the Bedbugs, Bathroom Shortages and Big Egos at Yalta

“The Daughters of Yalta,” by Catherine Grace Katz, recounts the events of the 1945 conference from the perspective of three daughters of Allied leaders who proved themselves indispensable.

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U.K. Conservation Society Details Links to Colonialism and Slavery

The National Trust said a third of the properties it manages had direct links to colonialism or slavery. Some have a “hugely uncomfortable” history, it said.

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Britain and the U.S.: A Forced and Unequal Marriage

“The Churchill Complex,” by Ian Buruma, examines the invented kinship of Anglo-American relations since World War II.

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How Hitler Took the World Into War

Benjamin Carter Hett’s “The Nazi Menace” examines the path to World War II and German responsibility.

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Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’: Inspired Vision or Wishful Thinking?

Post-Brexit Britain is going it alone at a time when globalization is in retreat. But a clash with China over Hong Kong has shown the limits of what it can do.

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Looking Back on 16 Days That Shaped History

An exhibition at the palace that hosted the Potsdam Conference at the end of World War II examines the event’s far-reaching impact.

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U.K. Grapples With Its Role in Atlantic Slave Trade

Two prominent firms, Lloyd’s of London and Greene King, have acknowledged their ties to the slave trade and pledged to make amends.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson Stirs Culture War Over Churchill Statue

After “racist” was scrawled on a Churchill statue during protests over the killing of George Floyd, Mr. Johnson has spoken up for his political idol.

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