H-PAD Notes 3/9/23: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Juan Cole, TomDispatch, posted March 9
Written in advance of the 20th anniversary of the Iraq invasion (March 20, 2003). “Who remembers anymore that, in 2003, we were Vladimir Putin?” The author teaches Middle East history at the University of Michigan.

By David Swanson, World Beyond War, posted March 8
This is a response by a longtime activist to the news (shared at Common Dreams earlier this month) that Daniel Ellsberg has inoperable pancreatic cancer with an estimated three to six months to live). The author, among many other antiwar connections, is executive director of World Beyond War.

By Ted Galen Carpenter, Responsible Statecraft, posted March 6
On the trajectory of public-opinion polling in the US on Ukraine and on past wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The author is a senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute.

By Alan J. Singer, History News Network, posted March 5
Uses the story of Caroline Ann Trow Lohman, also known as Madame Restell, to challenge Justice Alito's claim that “an unbroken tradition of prohibiting abortion on pain of criminal punishment persisted from the earliest days of the common law until 1973.” The author is a historian who teaches in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Technology at Hofstra University.

By Tera W. Hunter, The Nation, posted March 3
“The top educational priorities in the Sunshine State were apparently reading, writing, and anti-communism.” A historical article linking to the present policies of Ron DeSantis. The author teaches history and African American Studies at Princeton University and is a former public-school student in Florida.

By Alfred W. McCoy, TomDispatch, posted March 2
“Reviewing recent developments in the Asia-Pacific region raises a tried-and-true historical lesson that bears repeating at this dangerous moment in history: when nations prepare for war, they are far more likely to go to war.”
The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and among his books is
In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power (Haymarket Books, 2017).

By Timothy Snider, Reader Supported News, posted March 2
A complex history of Crimea and its relation to nearby nations and empires, countering claims of.a deep historical connection tieing Crimea to Russia. The author teaches history at Yale University, specializing in the modern history of Eastern and Central Europe.

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Foreign Affairs, posted February 28
“To reflect on the conduct and the consequences of American wars (and sundry covert interventions) since 1950 is to confront an appalling record of recklessness, malfeasance, and waste.” The author is a former US Army colonel and a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

By Dan Royles, Black Perspectives, posted February 27
Reflections on the 1923 destruction by a white mob of an entire African American community in Florida. Thinking about Rosewood, “it’s hard not to also think about the way that lawmakers in Florida and a handful of other states are trying to skew the teaching of history away from any topic that might undermine the idea that we have ever been anything but great.”
The author teaches history at Florida International University.

A personal note. Since 2009 I've been putting out these occasional article lists on behalf of Historians Against the War and, since 2017, Historians for Peace and Democracy. In the case of this particular e-mailing, “occasional” would be a euphemism, since for no good reason it's the first one since early November. I thank (and apologize to) the anonymous reader who's been sending me suggestions for articles the whole time! Jim O'Brien