Christopher J. Lebron (Yale): The Political Significance of Blame. Since its publication in 2010 and its recent translation into French, Timothy Snyder’s book, Bloodlands, has attracted many comments from historians; Jacques Semelin provides an overview of the recent criticisms leveled at the book, and the debates it fostered. Nomencracy: Surnames offer depressing clues to the extent of social mobility over generations. Liza Mundy on the strange history of the birth certificate: How these seemingly innocuous documents cause so much trouble. Steven Pearlstein on the US Airways-American merger and the end of an era of airline consolidation. Can you will yourself happier?

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