Holly Case
Associate Professor, Brown University

Holly Case is an associate professor of history at Brown University. Her latest book is The Age of Questions (2018).

Written by Holly Case

KFC, McDonald’s, tourists and a Trabant car at the site of the former Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/dpa/AFP/Getty

Essay/
Politics and government
The horror of sameness

What people most fear is not difference, but a world in which nothing and nowhere is unique, in which everyplace is the same

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A huge image of president Erdogan hangs on the main street of Rize, Turkey. Photo by Ivor Prickett/Panos
Essay/
History
The new authoritarians

Last century’s dictators wanted to reinvent their subjects as ‘new men’. This century’s strongmen just don’t care. Why?

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Stir crazy: Jack Nicholson in the 1975 film of Ken Kesey’s book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Photo by Rex

Essay/
History
Mad, or bad?

Even in the decade of dissent, Thomas Szasz stood alone when he attacked the idea of madness from the political Right

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