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Optimists might claim that the West’s current history-fueled culture war reflects an enlightened moral sensibility. What has really happened is that yesterday’s imperial victors have lost their beliefs, while former losers are full of passionate convictions about the past.
shows why today's heated debates about the past are as much a historiographical matter as a historical one.
Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and engineering an economic recovery are only two of the challenges facing new US President Joe Biden. Amid deep social divisions and the continued threat of right-wing extremist violence, Biden must also try to re-establish democratic political norms and restore trust in American leadership at home and abroad.