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History
April 4 2017 9:00 AMHow Modern Tyrants Use Terror Management to Consolidate PowerBe ready for an American Reichstag fire when it comes.
April 3 2017 7:52 AMA Dangerous DefinitionHow clearly can we distinguish fascism from “populist nationalism”? And does it matter?
March 27 2017 12:19 PMHitler’s Man on British RadioWilliam Joyce’s aristocratic voice carried Nazi propaganda into millions of British homes.
March 20 2017 12:14 PMAmerica’s Brush With FascismThe second KKK shared a disquieting kinship with European fascist movements. Why did it fail to take over American politics?
March 14 2017 11:59 AMHow Hitler Conquered GermanyThe Nazi propaganda machine exploited ordinary Germans by encouraging them to be co-producers of a false reality.
March 8 2017 4:53 PMClosing Our DoorsIn 1939, a refugee ban kept 20,000 Jewish children out of the U.S.
March 3 2017 3:42 PMGermany: Fascism’s Terrible ApogeeWith the fourth episode, our Slate Academy arrives at the fascism that looms above all others.
Feb. 23 2017 6:52 PMCodreanu’s Alternative FactsHow Romania’s fascist leader masterfully obscured the truth to justify anti-Semitic attacks and undermine democracy.
Feb. 17 2017 2:06 PMRomania: Bloody, Mystical Fascism From the EastThe third episode of our Slate Academy asks if the experience of Romania changes our understanding of fascism’s origins.
Feb. 7 2017 5:01 PMSpain’s “Semi-Fascism”On the brink of civil war, Spain produced a ragtag brand of fascism that was still insidiously authoritarian.
Feb. 3 2017 12:15 PMSpain: An Influential OutlierThe second episode of Fascism: A Slate Academy asks how a fringe movement got folded into a 40-year dictatorship.
Jan. 30 2017 9:00 AM“This Is the Violence of Which I Approve”A short history of the political violence that helped Mussolini attain power.
Dec. 2 2016 5:35 PMWhen to Rename a Building, and WhyYale adopts a new approach to deciding whether Calhoun College and other university properties need new names.
Nov. 17 2016 6:02 PMIs Racism a Disease?Is a psychological diagnosis a useful way to view racism—or does it merely absolve the racist of blame?
Nov. 9 2016 5:43 PMThere Is No Solace in the PastLooking to history for an analogue to Trump’s victory does a disservice to the present and the past.
April 3 2017 12:23 PMFascism Today: Where Are We Now?In the final episode, our Slate Academy tries to determine how historical examples of fascism help us understand the present.
March 30 2017 4:18 PMWhen Fascist Heroes Took Over the MoviesFrustrated with a weak government and the Great Depression, Americans in the 1930s began rooting for authoritarian jerks.
March 22 2017 5:57 AMNativism, Violence, and the Origins of the Paranoid StyleHow a lurid 19th-century memoir of sexual abuse produced one of the ugliest features of American politics.
March 17 2017 5:05 PMBritain and the U.S.: It Could Have Happened HereIn the fifth episode, our Slate Academy looks at the small, but significant, fascist movements that took root in the U.S. and Britain.
March 13 2017 6:13 PMDid the Muslim World Really Fall for Hitler?A famous photo suggests that fascism was popular in the Middle East during World War II. The history says otherwise.
March 8 2017 4:18 PMHitler’s American DreamThe dictator modeled his racial campaign after another conquest of land and people—America’s Manifest Destiny.
March 1 2017 5:45 AMThe True Cost of the Louisiana PurchaseThe United States didn’t buy a huge tract of land from France. It bought the right to displace Native Americans from that land.
Feb. 21 2017 4:29 PM“A Unique Death Cult”How the Romanian Iron Guard blended nationalistic violence with Christian martyrdom to spread a singularly morbid fascist movement.
Feb. 9 2017 9:00 AMForging a Dictatorship in SpainHow Franco tailored fascism to his country by stealing from every major political movement.
Feb. 7 2017 1:56 PMHell No, He Must Go!What anti-Trump protesters can learn from the successes, and mistakes, of the anti–Vietnam War movement.
Feb. 3 2017 11:59 AMNot Who We AreThe United States is neither a land of nativists nor a haven for immigrants. Our xenophobic impulses and loftiest ideals have been in conflict since the founding.
Jan. 20 2017 2:08 PM“We Are Evidently Aryans”Why Italian fascists embraced Hitler’s anti-Semitism.
Nov. 18 2016 2:32 PMHimHis election that November came as a surprise…
Nov. 16 2016 2:40 PMWhat the Mass Deportation of Immigrants Might Look LikeOperation Wetback didn’t merely enforce immigration law—it enforced the idea that American citizens are white.
Nov. 8 2016 8:19 AMAn Election for the Dark AgesA medievalist on the uses and misuses of history in the 2016 campaign.

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