World History

Understanding Haiti

Map of Haiti

By Laurent Dubois

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by one of the deadliest earthquakes in modern history, which killed upwards of 230,000 people and left millions homeless. The country’s National Palace, Port-au-Prince’s historic cathedral, and the headquarters of … Read the article

Legions of Rome: Where It All Began

legions of Rome

By Stephen Dando-Collins

Down through the centuries, millions of men served with the army of imperial Rome; half a million during the reign of Augustus alone. The history of the legions is the collective story of those individuals, not just … Read the article

Rebirth of the SAS: The Malayan “Emergency”

Special Force cover

By Alastair MacKenzie

From 1948 to 1960, the British government was involved in a counter-insurgency campaign in Malaya. In 1950, the SAS, known initially as the Malayan Scouts, became involved in the campaign and remained there until 1958. This was the … Read the article

November 4, 1979: The Iran Hostage Crisis

By Ray Takeyh

During August 2005, American newspapers and television screens were unexpectedly filled with images of 1979. The scene of the U.S. embassy in Iran being taken over by radical students, effigies of Uncle Sam being burned, and angry … Read the article