Historians for Peace and Democracy (formerly Historians Against the War) has as a group produced various series of pamphlets, papers, conference audio CDs, bibliographies, teaching collections, powerpoints and guides; most of these are printable, and are included below, roughly in order of topic. These materials are also available by clicking the links above, arranged according to genre.
The purpose of this commercial-free educational website is to provide an accessible, accurate, principled, and resource-rich history of United States foreign policy. The website was launched in October 2015 by Roger Peace. The Historians Against the War (now Historians for Peace and Democracy) became a sponsor the following month, and the Peace History Society, in June 2016. It now consists of a series in development of chapters, with full notes and citations of relevant primary and secondary readings, that review U.S. foreign policies of peace and war. The readings can be used by teachers, students, and anyone interested in digging deeper into U.S. foreign policy during crucial periods of our history.
The Bush – Cheney Years, A Historians Against the War Roundtable at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 3, 2009, New York, NY, with contributions by Alice Kessler – Harris (Columbia University), David Montgomery (Yale University), Vijay Prashad (Trinity College), Ellen Schrecker (Yeshiva University), Barbara Weinstein (New York University). Carl Mirra, ed., Join Us? Testimonies of Iraq War Veterans and their Families, Oral History Working Group, HAW Pamphlet #5, 2006 (PDF, 437 KB). Also for sale as a 24-page pamphlet on newsprint, from HAW, Box 442154, Somerville, MA 02144. The following prices include postage: 1-4 copies $1.00 each, 5-24 copies 80 cents each, 25 or more copies 60 cents each. Conducting Oral History with Iraq War Veterans and their Families: A Brief Guide (Prepared by the HAW Oral History Working Group, April 2006) (PDF, 276 KB) HAW Pamphlet: Let History Judge. Asked how history would judge the war in Iraq, President Bush replied, “We won’t know. We’ll all be dead.” The ward in Iraq were a disaster; this pamphlet details why. (PDF, 214 KB), HAW Pamphlet #4. Jerry Steele, Educational Materials on the Iraq War and other war-related / social issues (August 2007)
- Disc #1: Friday evening keynote speech by Howard Zinn, plus question-and-answer period
- Disc #2: Panel on “The U.S. in the Middle East” (panelists Magnus Bernhardsson, Sara Dougherty, John Foran, Rahul Mahajan, and Nada Shabout)
- Disc #3: Saturday evening plenary: speeches by Irene Gendzier and Rashid Khalidi
Several papers from the conference are also available online (on the conference schedule page).
CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS and MILITARY RESISTANCE
Moral Injury and Conscientious Objection: Saying No to Military Service, by Alice Lynd with the assistance of Staughton Lynd (Conflicts in Context, August 2015) Staughton Lynd, ed., WE WON’T GO: Narratives of Resistance to World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the 1990–91 US–Iraq War, and the 2003– US–Iraq War, HAW Pamphlet 2 (May 2004). Available in HTML (better for online viewing) and Word and PDF (better for printing).
Margaret Power, ed., Torture, American Style, HAW Pamphlet #3 (November 2004; Reprinted with new Foreword, May 2006). 24 p. Copies still available.
Impediments To Education In The Occupied Palestinian Territories, edited by Sherna Berger Gluck, Emerita faculty, California State University, Long Beach. Introduction by Sa’ed Atshan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College. A publication of the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Historians Against the War (September 2015). The Myth of Israel’s Insecurity, by Ira Chernus. A publication of the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Historians Against the War (January 2015).
Films on the History of the Palestine-Israel Conflict, compiled with brief introduction and commentary by Rosalyn Baxandall. A publication of the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Historians Against the War (December 2014). International Human Rights Law: Violations by Israel and the Problem of Enforcement, by Alice Lynd with the assistance of Staughton Lynd. A publication of the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Historians Against the War (August 2014).
PEACE MOVEMENTS – HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
Alan Dawley, Why Peace Movements Are Important (3-13-06) (PDF of updated version, May 8, 2006; formatted for printing) Deadly Mistakes? program presents historical background of today’s international crises (September 2009). The War of 1812 – History of US Foreign Policy history website, sponsored by HAW. Includes Canadian, British, Native American viewpoints, and dissident Federalist viewpoints. Draws from the best scholarship on the war. Engage your students: “Was the War of 1812 a necessary and just war?” Documentary evidence on Tonkin Gulf Incidents of 1964: Since 1964, historians have learned that there was more to the Tonkin Gulf Incidents of 1964 than the administration was telling the American people. Here are some of the documents that show the administration was not being frank, honest and fair with the information that it was releasing to the American people. Contact: John J. Fitzgerald for further information.
- Edrene McKay, The Tyranny of Defense (on Andrew J. Bacevich’s analysis of the military-industrial complex)
- Edrene McKay, The Collapse of the Soviet Union
Media To Help Explain The Moral Injury From Vietnam (Film and Books, May 2015) John J. Fitzgerald, War Made Easy Film Review (25 September 2007). Film List for Spring 2007 Teach-Ins
RECOMMENDED BOOKS AND ARTICLES
Gendzier, Irene. “Invisible by Design: U.S. Policy in the Middle East.” Diplomatic History Fall 2002 (26:4). Gettleman, Marvin E. and Schaar, Stuart, eds. The Middle East and Islamic World Reader. New York: Grove Press, 2003 “Round Table: History and September 11.” Journal of American History. (89:2) September 2002. “Special Section on Iraq.” Logos: a journal of modern society & culture Winter 2003 (2:1). Worldwatch Institute. State of the world, 2002: A Worldwatch Institute report on progress toward a sustainable society. New York: W. W. Norton & Co; 2002.
Bibliography for Peace (May 2012, DOC format) Stuart Schaar and Marvin E. Gettleman, Annotated Bibliography of English-Language Sources and Studies on The Middle East and Muslim South West Asia, HAW Pamphlet 1 (revised edition, Spring 2007). Available in HTML (better for online viewing) and Word and PDF (better for printing). John J. Fitzgerald, Some Books on the Iraq War and Related Topics (Oct 2006)
Bombs and Budgets Curriculum Bombs and Budgets: Tools for Reclaiming Communities from Militarism, created by War Resisters League and South Asia Solidarity Initiative, is a popular education-style curriculum that explores how organizing against federal military spending relates to and can forward local campaigns for economic justice, as well as how the past decade of war has affected Afghans and what they are doing in response.
- Teaching About the War
- Rethinking Schools’ special collection of articles and resources for classroom teachers, including materials that focus specifically on Iraq and the unfolding situation between Iraq and the United States, as well as articles that address the more general issues of armed conflict and society’s priorities.
- Teaching Tolerance
- The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” curriculum.
- Chronology of Islamic History & Literature
- By Keith Carson, Adjunct Professor, History & Humanities, Atlantic Cape Community College (pdf format)
- Media Education Foundation
- An excellent collection of films designed for classroom and community use. They also offer study guides for a number of their productions.