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Links to Recent Articles of Interest
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted December 1
“The idea of an American-led world order is as detached from reality as Trump's insistence that he won Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.” The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
By Jochen Bittner, New York Times, posted November 30
Compares Trumpian lies about the November 3 election to the “stab in the back” myth that spread in post-World War I Germany. According to that myth, Germany's military could have kept fighting had it not suffered betrayal by civilian politicians. The author is an editor and writer for the German weekly Die Zeit.
By Lawrence Wittner, ZNet, posted November 29
On setbacks to right-wing populist political movements in countries such as Germany, Brazil, and (with Trump's defeat) the US. The author is a professor emeritus of history at SUNY Albany.
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted November 28
The title of this article conveys its analysis. The author teaches Middle East history at the University of Michigan.
By Stephen Wertheim, Foreign Policy, posted November 25
The author, a historian and co-founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, sets out five ways on which the Biden administration can avoid mistakes of the past: avoid the pursuit of global military dominance; deliver on the promise of ending the “endless wars”; eschew trying to police the Middle East; resist NATO expansion; and temper U.S. militarism toward China.
“An American Pogrom: Uncovering the Truth About the 1898 Massacre of Black Voters in Wilmington, North Carolina”
By David W. Blight, New York Review of Books, November 19 issue
A review essay on David Zucchino's forthcoming book Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy (Atlantic Monthly Press, due January 2021).
By David Whelky, History News Network, posted November 8
Describes campaigns during the 1920s to enforce “patriotic” history in American schools, similar to current attacks by Donald Trump and his allies on critical history. The author teaches history at the University of Central Arkansas.
“'We Are Many': A Documentary Looks Back at the February 15, 2003 Antiwar Protests – and Looks Forward Too”
By Robert Shaffer, Peace & Change blog, posted November 4
A review essay on Amir Amirani's documentary film We Are Many, which depicts and analyzes the worldwide day of mass demonstrations aimed at averting the 2003 US-Led invasion of Iraq. The author is a professor emeritus of history at Shippensburg State University.
By Jerome Slater, History News Network, posted November 1
This article is adapted from the author's book of the same title, published in November 2020 by Oxford University Press. The author is a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Buffalo.
By Jeff J. Brown and Jeremy Kuzmarov, Covert Action, posted October 25
Provides historical background on China's relationship to the West, including especially the US. Co-author Jeremy Kuzmarov teaches history at Tulsa Community College and has had four books published on US foreign policy, including Obama's Unending Wars (Clarity Press, 2019).
By Kevin Young, The Guardian, posted October 21
Gives the background of the 2019 coup that deposed Evo Morales and the decisive victory of his party in October 2020 elections, along with the challenges that the new government will face. The author teaches Latin American history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is the author of Blood of the Earth: Resource Nationalism, Revolution, and Empire in Bolivia (U. of Texas Press, 2017).
Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting some of the articles in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.