Paul Nash, Battle of Germany, 1944. Imperial War Museum, London © Tate
The job of a war artist probably seems, to many, a curious calling. Here's why Paul Nash and I were both drawn to the front line.
Myths of the Sonderkommando as unfeeling drunkards do them an injustice and damage history.
These days neither the public nor governments consider passports as a serious obstacle to freedom of movement.
In the 20th century, governments considered the “total abolition” of passports as an important goal and discussed the issue in several international conferences.
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Many of HG Wells's futuristic prophecies have come true, but the one on which his heart was most set – the establishment of a world state – remains unfulfilled.
Can a Czech soldier justify assassinating a Nazi leader when he knows that it could lead to thousands of innocent citizens being murdered in revenge? If so, how?
The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, is one of the few remnants of America’s mid-20th century motel boom.
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What does the shuttering of traditional roadside motels say about America's relationship with travel and freedom?
Richard Demarco (left) with Joseph Beuys in the early 1970s.
The Demarco European Art Foundation
Richard Demarco, aka Mr Edinburgh Festival, has been fostering vital UK links with artists around the world for decades.
Preaching unity in 1948 on the Freedom Train.
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Previous efforts to cement national cohesion offer a model but also, says a historian, a warning.
The Lincoln Brigade Memorial in San Francisco.
For many contemporary observers, the Spanish Civil War was seen as very much of a piece with the war against Hitler and Mussolini. But then things changed. Why?
Keep Calm And Carry On: the mug.
Keep Calm and Carry On is now a pop cultural phenomenon, symbolising the famed British 'stiff upper lip'. But rather than being a nostalgic relic of a reassuring past, Keep Calm should be seen as a symbol of terror.
Elie Wiesel in 2012 after being named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
The Nobel laureate chronicled a world gone mad.
Adolf Hitler and his entourage take a stroll in Paris on June 23, 1940.
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One publisher spent over 40 years trying to profit off Hitler’s hateful tome.
The Yasakuni shrine commemorates those who are remembered for the wrong reasons.
Mourning a death is natural and necessary, but sometimes politics gets in the way of grief.
Barack Obama and Shinzō Abe at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Speaking at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Barack Obama sounded a hopeful note – but both the US and Japan still fall short.
As the tension in the East China Sea continues to mount, Japan's militaristic conservatives are putting their country on an aggressive footing.
Dorothy Campbell with patients evacuated from Tobruk, Alexandria 1941.
Five thousand Australian nurses served during World War Two. One of them, Dorothy Campbell endured air raids and tended wounded men in freezing tents - but the war opened her eyes to a more adventurous world.
It's time for Britain to grow up, accept its place in Europe and, yes, join the euro.
Jamala has been chosen to represent Ukraine at the 2016 Eurovision contest with her song ‘1944’.
Charged with collaboration with the Nazis, in 1944, 240,000 Crimean Tartars were deported to Soviet Central Asia.
This could come to blows.
There's something every Scot should know about those caterwauling pipes.
Who do you think you are kidding?
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Many women played a role in the Home Guard, despite the fact that they weren’t strictly supposed to.