By John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted September 29
“The challenge is to force the Russian leader into the kind of middle position where he can preserve Russia’s regional power without the occupation of Ukraine and its superpower status without the use of nuclear weapons. That’s not the Russia that Putin wants. But, as long as Russian citizens continue to protest, Ukraine hangs tough, and China and India clip Putin’s wings, that’s the Russia he will get.”
By Ruben Zeeman, History News Network, posted September 25
Touches on a number of countries with special attention to the US, Brazil, Russia, and India. The author is a graduate student in comparative history at the Central European University in Vienna and co-editor of the Network of Concerned Historians
By Anatol Lieven, Responsible Statecraft, posted September 22
“To seek peace and break the present escalatory spiral is in the interests of Ukraine itself, as well as those of America and the world.” The author is a journalist who has written several books on Russia and its neighbors, including Ukraine.
Stephen Wertheim, The Guardian, posted September 21
“The One China policy was always dissatisfying. It is no one’s idea of justice. But it is effective.” The author is a senior fellow in the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of Tomorrow the World: The Birth of US Global Supremacy (Harvard U. Press, 2020).
By Roger Peace, History News Network, posted September 18
” Beyond immediate crises, we need to work toward an inclusive and sustainable global security system.”
The author is the initiator and coordinator of the open-resource website U.S. Foreign Policy History & Resource Guide, co-sponsored by H-PAD and the Peace History Society.
By Scott Huffard, History News Network, posted September 18
“….The late-nineteenth century also witnessed a reckless speed-up on the rails that mirrors today’s railroad companies’ push for efficiency and austerity.” The author teaches history at Lees-McRae College and is the author of Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South (U. of North Carolina Press, 2019).
By Robert S. McElvaine, Salon, posted September 17
On the hegemony of pro-Confederate history from the late nineteenth century into the 1960s and its parallel with the efforts of right-wing politicians to control the teaching of US history today. The author teaches history at Millsaps College and his newest book is about the US in 1964 (Simon & Schuster, 2022), portions of which were adapted for this essay.
By Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted September 13
“Putin’s plunge into Ukraine confirms that he learned nothing from the folly of post-9/11 U.S. military policy.” The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
By Howard W. French, Foreign Policy, posted September 12
A reminder of the bloody history of British racial imperialism from the time of the first Queen Elizabeth, for none of which Elizabeth II ever apologized. The author teaches journalism at Columbia University and wrote the book Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War (Norton, 2021)
By Keisha N. Blain, The New Republic, posted September 9
“The reality of the present moment propels many of us to act. In the spirit of Du Bois, Woodson, Cooper, and others, we have a duty to lend our expertise to the most pressing issues of our day.”The author teaches Africana Studies and history at Brown University.
By Evan Hart, Washington Post, posted September 8
“History shows that it will be judges, lawyers and juries–not doctors and patients–who decide whether an abortion is medically necessary.” The author is an assistant professor of history specializing in women's health. She is currently working on a history of abortion in Missouri.
Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg and an anonymous reader for suggesting some of the above articles, and to Roger Peace for offering comments on articles (other than his own) being considered for inclusion. Suggestions can be sent to email@example.com.