Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey appear during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Dec. 8, 2007.
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Throughout American history, being a black celebrity has been a political act in and of itself. When viewed through this lens, the transition into politics for someone like Winfrey is more natural.
Japanese soldiers of the Sino-Japanese War.
As Japanese imperialism rose and fell, its leaders interpreted and re-interpreted a single distinctive concept: "bushido".
War was not always about fighting, and in times of relaxation soldiers were able to indulge many other activities.
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Our histories tell us armies make men, but in World War II, conflicted provided a rare and surprisingly open space for men to experiment with their femininity and sexuality.
A messenger dog at Etaples, 28 August 1918.
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Either medals or destruction appears to await canine companions from the battlefield.
Responses to the recent discovery of a Nazi swastika raise some awkward questions.
For the first time, human beings harnessed the power of atomic fission.
By figuring out fission, physicists were able to split uranium atoms and release massive amounts of energy. This Manhattan Project work paved the way both for atomic bombs and nuclear power reactors.
Post-war Australia experienced a boom with full employment and falling inequality.
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The federal government could restore its commitment to creating full employment in Australia, using its spending power to make up for any shortfall in private jobs as it did during the post-war boom.
The single greatest failure of current punditry is the refusal to recognise that context matters. A one-size-fits-all approach to solving Zimbabwe's complex set of problems simply won't help.
Women shipfitters working on board the USS Nereus at the U.S. Navy Yard in Mare Island, circa 1943.
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Thousands of American women moved west to take advantage of wartime employment opportunities during WWII. For some, this version of the California dream was temporary; for others, it lasted a lifetime.
More than just a romance, Casablanca was an overt call to arms for the US public.
A German bomber flying over Wapping, September 7, 1940.
Government learned much from the war. But today we find new throwbacks to that Blitz-era sclerosis.
UN appointments frequently centre as much on politics as they do on qualifications for the role.
Soviet troops advancing at Stalingrad.
Two big battles which turned the tide of World War II can tell us a great deal about some important present-day challenges.
Indian forces in North Africa during World War II.
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Letters home reveal what is was like to be an Indian soldier in World War II.
How can we sort out the crisis of contemporary democracy?
(From L-R) researcher Margaret Embahe, interviewees Angela Arasepa and Alberta Doiko, and researcher Mavis Tongia.
In stories about the Pacific War and the Kokoda Track, women's stories were often overlooked, but they provide an important perspective on a pivotal moment in history.
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How one simple phrase went on to symbolise the fight against adversity.
Like big waves? Thanks to surf forecasting, you’ll know when and where to find them.
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Walter Munk might be the most under-appreciated man in surfing, but he is a big deal in ocean science. If you've ever checked a surf forecast before paddling out, you have him to thank.
Russian defense minister during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow.
In the 19th century, Russian intellectuals launched a search for historical evidence of their moral and military superiority. What they found drives what today some call "Russian aggression."
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh waiting to receive aid.
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The persecution of the Rohingya goes back to 1948, the year when Myanmar achieved independence from the British.