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The History News Network (HNN) features articles and excerpts by historians from both the left and the right. Some weeks we may appear to tilt one way or the other simply because of serendipity. But our aim is to present a wide mix of views. Click here to read our mission statement.  Click here to understand our commitment to an ideologically diverse website.



HNN is divided into numerous different departments. The main departments are listed in a row at the top of every page.  This is a list of our main departments:


News  This department features news about historians and news about history.  For the sake of simplicity, we divide news into two categories:  Historians in the News and Breaking News.  You can access this department from the drop down menu at the top row of buttons or from the news widget on the right-hand rail. Please note that some excerpted articles require a subscription to read the whole article at the original source.


U.S.  This department features op eds written by professional historians on topics concerning News at Home.  Most of these pieces are written expressly for HNN.  The op eds appear on HNN's homepage. (What's an op ed?  It's an essay of about 1,000 words that takes a clear point of view.  It's called an "op ed" because essays of this sort appear in the New York Times print edition opposite the editorial page.  The Times's convention has become an industry standard.) 


World This department features op eds written by professional historians concerning News Abroad.  Once again, most of these pieces are written expressly for HNN.  These op eds also appear on HNN's homepage.


History This department features op eds written by professional historians concerning particular topics in history.  Historians like to argue about history.  This is where we track debates that are currently taking place.


Features This department is a collection of a rich variety of special pages devoted to various subjects, including famous quotes about historyquestions people are Googling, and hot topics.

Books This department features book reviews written by professional historians expressly for HNN.


Roundup This department features content found on other websites about subjects in the news.  As we like to say at HNN, we surf the web so our readers don't have to.  The department features excerpts from articles with links back to the original sources. Click here to read more about this department.


Blogs This department features a variety of blogs run by professional historians.  Blogs gives readers the opportunity to commune with some of their favorite historians.


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The Breaking News page features news stories reported in the English - language press . The result is that the page is heavily skewed toward subjects that draw the attention of English - speaking readers, leading to a heavy concentration of stories from the United States and Western Europe. Click here to view the lists of media sources HNN interns use to track news stories we cover.



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HNN was created to give historians the opportunity to reach a national audience on issues of public concern. It is not a scholarly journal. It is a vehicle for scholars seeking to enrich the public debate.



Historians are not entitled to be heard from simply because they are scholars. They must have something to say. But neither can the fact that they are scholars deprive them of the right to weigh in on matters of vital public importance. Indeed, the fact that they bring to the public debate a special expertise and sensibility derived from their studies is all the more reason to give them a hearing. Leaving the public square to people who lack the scholar's knowledge diminishes democracy.

Responding to news events in a timely and wise manner is a great challenge, of course . Fortunately, none of our contributors fail at the task all of the time and most succeed at it at least some of the time. That they may fail on occasion is no reason to conclude they should therefore never be given the chance to succeed ever again.



HNN publishes original pieces on our homepage. Because HNN is committed to the wide dissemination of information, we encourage our authors to allow other publications to reprint their work. Nearly all agree to do that.  You can assume that our original content may be reprinted unless you see that an author has expressly invoked copyright protection.  In those cases a notice will appear at the bottom of the article.  

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HNN originally was conceived as primarily a national platform for historians wishing to comment on current events. This remains our primary function as is evident on our homepage, where week after week historians write about news subjects within their area of expertise .

But as the website evolved we added various features that we thought our readers would find interesting and useful. The most popular feature has turned out to be ROUNDUP , which includes excerpts and articles from the media about various issues related in some way to history .

We don't vouch for the accuracy or scholarship of the excerpts or articles. We simply repost them. The purpose is to give readers in one handy place a broad sampling of American (and indeed world) opinion.



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In an attempt to make our content more easily accessible, HNN is now providing RSS feeds for most departments.

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