A Panel from the Marvel Comics series ‘The 'Nam.’
Because they're mass-produced and written in a serialized format, comics can be seen as historical documents that reflect the political moment.
Music fans gather for the Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ concert at California’s Altamont Speedway in 1969.
Musicians were able to connect with confused, scared and angry Americans – including those who supported the war – in a way actors, broadcasters and writers could not.
Otto John, middle, in Berlin in 1954.
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The 1954 defection of West Germany's first domestic spy chief and ardent anti-Nazi rocked the world – and then he returned to Bonn.
Loud and proud.
The bell is a noisy and much loved national icon.
Rajkamal Kalamandir Film Company
In the midst of the country's struggle for independence, India's film industry became a messenger and ally in the global fight against Britain's enemies
Plotting a route out? German prisoners in Britain during WWII.
Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographe
Scientists have uncovered a hidden tunnel left in remarkable condition at a now derelict prison in Bridgend, South Wales.
LGBT veterans march in a Boston parade. Contrary to what some may say, the military has a long history of embracing socially marginalized groups.
AP Photo/Steven Senne
Whether it be African-Americans, Catholics or transgender people, the armed forces have played a vital role in shaping US social policy toward the country's minorities.
Against the odds: French troops throw rocks at advancing German troops in the Vosges, 1916.
The French Army's efforts in the world wars have long been maligned. Its soldiers deserve better.
George Dreyfus, centre, holding a bassoon and Walter Wurzburger, far left, holding a clarinet.
JC Williamson production 1949
In the late 1930s, Australia sought to restrict the flow of refugees, ruling that musicians were 'unsuitable' as migrants. Yet some talented Jewish musicians did arrive here and their work has enriched our cultural life.
Operation Dynamo came to represent British resilience, but it came at a terrible cost.
French POWs being led away from the battlefield in May 1940.
How French memories of the Dunkirk evacuation differ from those of the British.
A scene from ‘Dunkirk,’ a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Moviegoers get a hint of why Dunkirk stayed with those who lived through it, but an online archive of survivors' stories offers more depth.
People watch news of missile test on a public TV screen in North Korea.
AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin
North and South Korea explained in four questions and answers.
‘Damenkneipe,’ or ‘Ladies’ Saloon,’ painted by Rudolf Schlichter in 1923. In 1937, many of his paintings were destroyed by the Nazis as ‘degenerate art.’
The 1920s and early ‘30's looked like the beginning of the end for centuries of gay intolerance. Then came fascism and the Nazis.
Eight billion cans sold and counting…
Eighty years ago, Hormel Foods introduced a simple, canned meat product called Spam. It would go on to become one of the greatest marketing success stories of all time.
The children's author Michael Bond left a literary legacy of inclusion and tolerance.
Andimba (Herman) Toivo Ya Toivo remained loyal to what made him the personification of the desire to live in an independent country governed by, and for, its people.
The latest film about Britain's revered war leader struggles to capture the man – or give his wife the credit she deserves.
A pigeon ready for release, showing the cylinder containing a message strapped to her leg.
Imperial War Museum
The humble carrier pigeon played a huge role in World War I and saved many lives. But despite huge technological advances, animals are still suffering and dying in modern wars.
In the years leading up to World War II, Ivan Maisky and Winston Churchill developed a close friendship.
Courtesy of the Voskressenski family
The Soviet ambassador to London showed that charm and contacts can trump espionage when it comes to gathering information.