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When the Establishment No Longer Calls the Shots in Writing History

The Choices in Rewriting History

From Tiananmen Square to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, writing national histories has been the task of rulers and governments. But newer social movements are challenging whether the role of history is to glorify state heroes and condemn enemies, and instead offer self-critical histories.

Rebranding Foods for Political Consumption: a Long Tradition

Food and Politics: Just Beefing

For generations, people have been renaming foods for political reasons. Although Americans in our time are infamous for changing French fries to freedom fries, they aren’t the only folks who’ve put politics on the plate that way. Indeed, everyone from the French and Russians to the Iranians and Arabs has done something similar in the past 150 years. And they’ve done so while otherwise naming and handling foods politically, sometimes during strategic struggles and sometimes to score cheap jingoistic points.

The Tangled Politics of America’s Woke Liberals and Muslim Millennials

The Tangled Politics of America’s Woke Liberals and Muslim Millennials

For decades, the American left has pushed faith to the margins of political life, even as the right has embraced it as part of the culture wars. But post-9/11 culture wars and foreign wars are creating alliances among liberals that are bringing it back to the center.

The Uneasy Alliance Between Putin and Erdogan

The Uneasy Alliance Between Putin and Erdogan

The alliance has proved remarkably enduring, and rarely have Russia and Turkey enjoyed such a stretch of fruitful cooperation. But so much hinges on the personal relationship between Putin and Erdoğan. Not even they can change the brittle nature of a relationship between two powers that have been rivals for centuries.

Legitimacy, Consent, and the Search for a Successor

Legitimacy, Consent, and the Search for a Successor

A century after the end of the Ottoman Empire, no successor to Istanbul’s sultan-caliph has emerged