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Hirohito

Emperor of Japan during World War II, Hirohito was the nation’s monarch from 1926 until his death in 1989. Hirohito announced the surrender of Japan to his people in August 1945, and after the war a constitution patterned after that of the United States created a constitutional monarchy form of government in the island nation. The depth of Hirohito’s involvement in leading Japan to war remains the subject of debate.

Reign of Ruin

Reign of Ruin

By David Dean Barrett
More than seventy years after the fact, the use of atomic bombs by the United States in the final days of World War II remains one of the most controversial events of the 20th century. During his speech announcing the destruction of Hiroshima by an atomic bomb,   More »



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American Writers Who Avoided the Civil War

American Writers Who Avoided the Civil War

Mark Twain was not the only famous American writer to avoid fighting—and possibly dying—in the American Civil War.

The Rise and Fall of the German U-Boat

The Rise and Fall of the German U-Boat

German U-boats threatened the Allies in World War II, but tactical changes and sheer numbers eventually negated the undersea peril.

Evans Carlson & America’s First Special Operations Team

Evans Carlson & America’s First Special Operations Team

In 1942, Evans Carlson’s ‘Marine Raiders’ gained instant celebrity status as America’s first Special Operations team.

Eppa Hunton: Unsung Confederate Hero at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff

Eppa Hunton: Unsung Confederate Hero at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff

At the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, Colonel Eppa Hunton successfully rallied his command and played a key role in routing the Yankees.

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