History

Rethinking Peace in Japan

Peace studies isn’t a phrase that gets bandied about much in U.S. media, especially when it comes to remembering the past. For Americans, remembrance of the Second World War in particular is an opportunity to hail the bravery of the greatest generation, and to celebrate the leadership of the United States in bringing about peace and stability in the aftermath of global conflict. 

NPIHP Publications

Working Paper Series

The NPIHP Working Paper Series is designed to provide a speedy publications outlet for historians who have gained access to newly-available archives and sources and would like to share their results.

American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama's family saga is a remarkable, quintessentially American story—a journey from slavery to the White House in five generations. In this prodigiously researched epic, New York Times correspondent Rachel L. Swarns traces that complex and fascinating tale—from the men who fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, to the mothers and fathers who endured the horrors of slavery and the indignities of segregation to build a better future for their children—uncovering details about Mrs.

China Looks South

There is little question that the first half of the 21st century will see a momentous contest between the United States and China for primacy in Asia–with the initial focus on Southeast Asia and the South China Sea. In the decades following World War II the American preeminence in the region, politically, culturally, economically, and militarily, was clear even as U.S. forces left Indochina, their mission unaccomplished. However, the dramatic rise of China out of the ruins of civil war and Maoist excesses has changed the strategic landscape utterly.

Declassified Documents Shed Light on Long, Complicated Negotiations over Korean Armistice Agreement

On 12 June, 2018, after months of trading threats and fiery rhetoric, US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea backed off from the precipice of war and held a historic summit in Singapore, the first high-level meeting between the leaders of the Korean War foes.

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