Niccolò Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli and Ruthless Politics

Niccolò Machiavelli, a Florentine born in 1469, observed the brutal realities of power, shaping his pragmatic political theories. His seminal work, The Prince, offers a realistic guide to power, reflecting his life’s turbulent experiences.

Marc Bloch, the Partisan Professor

On June 16, 1944, the German Gestapo brutally murdered Marc Bloch, an eminent French historian and later a partisan leader in clandestinity. His life, ideas, and work have never been forgotten.

Death and devastation in Gaza - Israel War on Gaza

A Case of Voluntary Ignorance

Huxley critiques humanity’s failure to learn from history, noting repeated mistakes in war, power, and acceptance of new knowledge

Who Killed Alexander the Great?

Alexander the Great’s mysterious 323 BC death sparks debate: was it disease or murder? Despite theories and research, the true cause remains unknown

Jacques-Louis David - The Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine

Napoleone e Giuseppina: Una relazione tormentata

Napoleone e Giuseppina si unirono in matrimonio quando lui era un semplice generale e lei una delle donne più affascinanti di Parigi. Il loro rapporto fu segnato da infedeltà reciproche, bugie, avidità, maltrattamenti e calcoli politici

The trial of Giordano Bruno by the Roman Inquisition. Bronze relief by Ettore Ferrari (1845-1929), Campo de' Fiori, Rome.

Giordano Bruno | di Indro Montanelli

Bruno fu certamente una vittima della Controriforma, ma non un gladiatore del libero pensiero. Gliene mancò l’impegno morale, il vigore e l’ascesi. Bruno era soltanto un anticlericale.

Caduta del Fascismo - 26 luglio 1943 - Prima pagina - La-Stampa

25 Luglio 1943: La fine del Duce

Nel luglio 1943 la caduta di Mussolini e il crollo del regime che aveva tenuto in pugno l’Italia per 21 anni rappresentarono per molti italiani la fine di un incubo. Per altri, cresciuti nel mito dell’Impero e del «genio italico», fu una tragedia.

Serbian prisoners interned in Jasenovac

Croatia, 1941-1945: The Road to a Forgotten Genocide

The greatest genocide during World War II, in proportion to a nation’s population, took place, not in Nazi Germany but in the Nazi-created puppet state of Croatia. There, in the years 1941-1945, some 750,000 Serbs, 60,000 Jews and 26,000 Gypsies— men, women and children—perished in a gigantic holocaust.

The End of History

by Lynne V. Cheney Imagine an outline for the teaching of American history in which George Washington makes only a fleeting appearance and is never

Khomeini’s Iran

by Eric Rouleau From the very beginning of the Iranian Revolution, the West—and particularly the United States—seems to have been struck by a peculiar sort

Palestinian families fleeing Jaffa © Unrwa

Israel’s secret team that empties state archives

The ghost of Nakba. The Malmab, a department in the Israeli Defense Ministry, has been hiding evidence of Palestinian expulsion for years. The aim: to undermine the credibility of historical research through the disappearance of declassified documents

WWI Amputee Fitted with a Shovel Belt


Some 8.5 million French were mobilized to fight in World War I. Following the conflict, the wounded were mobilized to work. Amputees like this man fitted with a shovel belt were trained to compensate for their lost limbs.

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