Mark Mazower teaches history at Columbia. He is the ­author, most recently, of What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home. (March 2018)

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Simon Schama

The Story of the Jews, Vol. 2: Belonging, 1492–1900

by Simon Schama
The story of the Jews extends farther back into the past than that of any other faith: perhaps only Hindus and Zoroastrians come close. But having more history does not help in the writing of it. On the contrary: the difficulties have been evident since the appearance of the first …

The Historian Who Was Not Baffled by the Nazis

Adolf Hitler with Eva Braun at his birthday party, April 1942

The Third Reich in History and Memory

by Richard J. Evans
There was a time, hard though it is now to remember it, when Germany did not pose a great problem for other nations—or at least no more of a problem than anywhere else. Long divided among principalities and regional powers such as Prussia and Bavaria, the country was unified only …