Links to Recent Articles of Interest
"Judgment Day for the National Security State: The Coronavirus and the Real Threats to American Safety and Freedom"
By Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted March 26
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University and president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.
By Lawrence Wittner, Common Dreams, posted March 25
A short, modest piece comparing military and economic rankings on the one hand with polls of self-reported happiness on the other. The author is a professor emeritus of history at SUNY Albany.
By Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, posted March 23
On the literature of pestilence, from Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year to Albert Camus's The Plague and Jose Saramago's Blindness.The author teaches history at Harvard University.
By Ed Simon, History News Network, posted March 22
Draws parallels between human responses to plagues in world history starting with "Justinian's Plague" in the sixth century. The author is a contributing editor of the History News Network.
By Chris Mackie, The Conversation, posted March 19
The author teaches Classics at La Trobe University.
By Mark Honigsbaum, NYR [New York Review of Books] Daily, posted March 17
The author is a medical historian and author of Pandemic Century (Norton, 2019).
By Adam Hochschild, TomDispatch.com, posted March 17
On censorship in the US during and immediately after World War I under President Woodrow Wilson and Postmaster General Albert Burleson. The author's most recent book is a biography of Rose Pastor Stokes, one of the dissenters who was imprisoned under the 1917 Espionage Act.
By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies, CommonDreams.org, posted March 17
Medea Benjamin is a co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK; Nicolas Davies is author of Blook on Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted March 13
The author teaches Middle Eastern history at the University of Michigan.
By Leslie M. Harris, Politico, posted March 6
A nuanced essay on the 1619 Project controversy, arguing that the Times series made "avoidable mistakes" but that "the attacks from its critics are much more dangerous. The author teaches history at Northwestern University and has written two books on American slavery.
Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.