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A William Appleman Williams Reader: Selections From His Major Historical Writings

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The dean of American revisionist historians, Williams produced three decades ago path-breaking, controversial historical analysis that is as fresh and pointed today as at its inception. A heavy influence on modern historians, Williams was among the first to articulate a view of American history as a record of self-serving economic and imperialistic activity and to explain U.S.-Soviet relations within that framework. Williams challenged the traditional explanation of the Cold War as a product of Soviet aggression and was a strident contemporary critic of the United States's policy of containment as espoused by George Frost Kennan. These 19 selections include two previously unpublished essays. Together they form a valuable summary of the thinking of one of our most potent intellectuals. A most appropriate acquisition for libraries serving undergraduate as well as graduate students.
- Susan E. Parker, Harvard Law Sch. Lib.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Path-breaking, controversial analysis that is as fresh and pointed today as at its inception. (Susan E. Parker Library Journal)

Voluminous writing... the historian whose perspectives about the United States and its relations with the world challenged and altered conventional interpretations of American diplomatic history. (Journal of the Early Republic)

A splendid collection from his works...a real treat. (Virginia Quarterly Review)

Concise. (Paul Buhle and Eric Rice-Maximin Dissent)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566630029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566630023
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By cvairag VINE VOICE on January 14, 2010
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Although there are many folks, unfamiliar with movers and shakers in the academic world of history who have never heard of Williams, I predict, as the bloated and overfed American Empire careens ever closer to its demise, many more will. There may come a day when Williams will be rightfully regarded as the premier historian writing in late 20th century America. Through his work, from which eminent and central specimens are on display in this well-organized and conceived anthology, much of the charactertistic radical critique which emerged in the wake of the civil rights struggle in the South, on the campuses and communities throughout our country, found its basis in historical fact.
In the late 1950's, in the shadow of the McCarthy era, when he returned to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, his alma mater, to teach, Williams inherited the mantle of that cumulative body of historical research and interpretation (from Frederick Jackson Turner and others) which was to become known as "The Wisconsin School" in historical scholarship. While not the first (although he was among the first) to articulate the idea that the primary aim of American foreign policy was to establish, assert, and maintain American privilege at the expense of much of the world's population, justified by a dubious ethos of "exceptionalism" and a reality of hardcore military aggression and wildcat corporatism, he was second to none in providing mountains of remarkably detailed and clear historical reconstructions to back his claims. His work as a historian is, in a word, dazzling.
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My 40 years of recapitulation of my year in Vietnam sometimes turn back my internal clock to years before I was born or smoked any Vietnamese products. Scholars must picture a context in which the judgments that now control marginal thinking were set in concrete. I think economic warfare is currently a large part of the war on drugs. I am not afraid to go way out on a limb by noticing that this book has a footnote identifying Leo Crowley (1889-1972) as the chief of the Office of Economic Warfare (1943-1945). Americans expected to have great power at the end of World War II to impose the Open Door Policy on the rest of the world to provide markets for American products at a time when other nations were vulnerable because of the disruptions casused by that war. Leo Crowley terminated Lend-Lease shipments to the Soviet Union as soon as Germany surrendered. In 1945, Crowley told President Roosevelt about a rumor that the United States of America "was considering a loan to the Soviets of $10 billion, and that he [Crowley] thought it was wise to refrain from making any loan until more was known of their postwar attitude. He said that the President agreed." (p. 148).

A global financial system run according to American and British bank standards has been the basic assumption which the linked book sees as the reason for American problems in the world in the 65 years since that conversation took place. The current abomination administration is never going to imagine a world free from a war on drugs in which conspiracies to violate American law by smuggling illegal substances into the United States of America and launder the money received for drug shipments threaten the basic assumptions of American law and order while the farmers around Marja sell opium to the usual buyers in the drug trade.
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Having the title as Kindle format is great for reading. The included essays are representative of the range of W. A. Williams career of writing.
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