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Bernard Bailyn, Eminent Historian of Early America, Dies at 97

Bernard Bailyn, Eminent Historian of Early America, Dies at 97

Bernard Bailyn, Eminent Historian of Early America, Dies at 97 Bernard Bailyn, Eminent Historian of Early America, Dies at 97 Professor Bailyn, who once described himself as “not very political,” cheerfully scoffed at the idea. But he did allow that he had come to feel sympathy for Hutchinson, whom he described as “that rather stiff, intelligent, highly literate, uncorrupted, honest, …

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Russian Historian Who Found Stalin-Era Graves Is Convicted of Sex Crime

Russian Historian Who Found Stalin-Era Graves Is Convicted of Sex Crime

Russian Historian Who Found Stalin-Era Graves Is Convicted of Sex Crime Russian Historian Who Found Stalin-Era Graves Is Convicted of Sex Crime MOSCOW — A Russian amateur historian who spent decades unearthing the graves of Stalin’s victims was found guilty on Wednesday of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter, charges that rights groups, his family and friends have dismissed as blatantly …

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Nazi or Hero? Historian Looks at the Stories a German Consultant Told of His Father

Nazi or Hero? Historian Looks at the Stories a German Consultant Told of His Father

Nazi or Hero? Historian Looks at the Stories a German Consultant Told of His Father Nazi or Hero? Historian Looks at the Stories a German Consultant Told of His Father FRANKFURT — Weighing in on an issue that revived questions about the role of German business in World War II, a historian has partly confirmed and partly refuted reports that …

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Historian as Gumshoe, Chasing a Hot Case

Historian as Gumshoe, Chasing a Hot Case

Historian as Gumshoe, Chasing a Hot Case Historian as Gumshoe, Chasing a Hot Case In 1919, a woman was found dead in a park in a small town in Vermont. She had been bound and gagged and stripped naked except for her gray-blue stockings. Her glasses were caught in her hair. The investigation and trial that followed became rich fodder …

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Ian Whitcomb, Rocker Turned Pop Music Historian, Dies at 78

Ian Whitcomb, Rocker Turned Pop Music Historian, Dies at 78

Ian Whitcomb, Rocker Turned Pop Music Historian, Dies at 78 Ian Whitcomb, Rocker Turned Pop Music Historian, Dies at 78 Ian Whitcomb, who had a rock ’n’ roll hit in 1965 with “You Turn Me On” before becoming a celebrated historian and performer of forms of popular music that peaked decades before rock, died on April 19 in Pasadena, Calif. …

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Henry F. Graff, Columbia Historian of Presidents, Dies at 98

Henry F. Graff, Columbia Historian of Presidents, Dies at 98

This obituary is part of a series about people who died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Henry Graff, a Columbia University professor who studied the past and present as a scholar of the presidency and, as an Army translator during World War II, foreshadowed the future from decrypted Japanese diplomatic messages, died on April 7 in a …

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William R. Polk, Historian and Middle East Envoy, Dies at 91

One of Mr. Polk’s most notable books, and one of his last. One description called it “history as Herodotus imagined it.” 

William R. Polk, a longtime historian, diplomat and noted Middle East scholar who helped negotiate resolutions to conflicts, including the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, died on Monday at his home in Vence, in southeast France, near the Mediterranean Sea. He was 91. His daughter Milbry Polk said the cause was leukemia. Over six decades, Mr. Polk delved into multiple careers, working …

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