Many countries' histories are governed by the familiar demographic story of growth, industrialization, and decline. But not France.
The Pan-American Highway began a century ago with a vision of unfettered motor-vehicle access between Alaska and Tierra del Fuego. What happened to the dream?
Iran’s Persian Constitutional Revolution reveals the complicated relationship between Islam and democracy
The Persian Constitutional Revolution made unlikely allies and enemies of missionaries, ayatollahs, the shah, and his Russian ambassadors. Its legacy shaped modern-day Iran.
Australian soldiers fighting the Japanese recruited native New Guineans to their campaign.
Still, the author's main argument wasn't totally discredited.
The region of Catalonia has been at odds with greater Spain for over 300 years. The prospect of autonomy remains a distant and fading dream.
Explore how belief shapes destiny, from Oedipus Rex to modern geopolitics.
While the steep rise of inequality in the United States is well-known, long-run data on the incomes of the richest shows countries have followed a variety of trajectories.
When you turn a map of East Asia upside down, Beijing’s geographic constraints and regional ambitions become much clearer.
Is the vast "Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area" the final resting place of Genghis Khan?
University College London professor Brian Klaas exposes the ugly truth about world leaders.
Meet the world's largest landowners.
Once a cosmopolitan faith, Islam valued intellectualism and modernity. It was derailed by various geopolitical and religious forces.
In a time when we dislike and distrust our politicians, why can't we get more popular leaders like Kim Jong Un and Bashar al-Assad?
Soviet censorship was thorough yet fallible.
Cyberattacks are growing in number and sophistication.
“Who is the aggressor?” That depends on which of these maps you believe.
Mongol forces never fully conquered the continent, but they played a key role in its historical development.
His plan to replace it with homegrown rice did not go well.
When Mongol traders came knocking, Sultan Muhammad II shaved off their beards. Three years later, his whole empire was annihilated.
The story of China is the story of global economics.
Dig a 70-mile tunnel under the Bering Strait, and you get this amazing InterContinental Railway, which will reshape the world.