H-PAD Notes 1/10/18: Interviews from AHA; links to recent articles of interest

Note: The History News Network has posted two interviews from the recent AHA convention that are especially relevant to Historians for Peace and Democracy. One is with co-chair Margaret Power about H-PAD and the urgency of the Korean crisis. The other is with Steering Committee member Rusti Eisenberg and Chris Appy on shortcomings of the PBS series on the Vietnam War.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest 


“Learning from Churchill”

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted January 5

The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.


“An Officer’s Path to Dissent”

By Danny Sjursen, Truthdig.com, posted January 3

The author is an active-duty military strategist and a former history instructor at West Point.


“It HAS Happened Here”

By Van Gosse, History News Network, posted December 31

On 20th-century precedents for repressive government action. The author teaches history at Franklin and Marshall College.


“Why the ‘Merchants of Death’ Survive and Prosper”

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted December 31

The author is a professor emeritus of history at SUNY Albany.


“When Washington Assured Russia NATO Would Not Expand: How America’s Failure to Honor a 1990 Commitment Led to Many of Today’s Global Crises”

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted December 20


“Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference”

By David Swanson, Let’s Try Democracy blog, posted December 14, 2017

The comparison is to a 1938 international conference to discuss taking in Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.


“North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated”

By John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted December 13

The summary says, “Even a limited war with North Korea would kill millions, devastate the environment, and bankrupt the U.S. Preventing it should be the peace movement's highest priority.

“Bulldozing the Peace Process in Israel”

By David Shulman, NYR [New York Review of Books] Blog, posted December 11

The author is a professor emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

“Still Waiting: A Harvey Weinstein Moment for America’s Wars?”

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted December 10


“Cold War Revisionism Revisited: Radical Historians of the U.S. Empire”

By Harry Targ, Monthly Review, December 2017 issue

Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting some of the above articles. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.