US History

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  • 25 Apr 2024
    Miles M. Evers, Eric Grynaviski

    America’s First Pacific Empire

    Beginning in the 1850s, the United States took its first, incautious steps toward developing an overseas empire in the Pacific. In the end, the empire would help defeat Japan during World War II. The bloodiest and most infamous battles of the Pacific War were fought on possessions gained by American imperialists. The first American shots […]

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  • 4 Apr 2024
    David P. Fields

    Not Broke, but You Can See the Cracks

    “Not as bad as we might have feared; not as good as we might have hoped” is one way to think of the four years in which Donald Trump put his uniquely Trumpian spin on US-Korean relations. And lest we forget, there was reason to be afraid as President Trump taunted the young leader of […]

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  • 22 Feb 2024
    Lisa A. Kirschenbaum

    Two Soviet Humorists’ Extraordinary American Road Trip

    In 1935, just two years after the normalization of Soviet American relations, Pravda sent two humorists to the United States as reporters and cultural ambassadors. That the Soviet Union under Stalin even had humorists may surprise many. But Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov were genuine Soviet funnymen, the coauthors of two beloved satirical novels, The […]

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  • 13 Dec 2023
    Ousmane K. Power-Greene

    Antifascism and Antiracism in the Post-Civil Rights Black Protest Tradition

    When Angela Davis called attention to the fascist tendencies in the United States that threatened American democracy during a 2016 interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now, some in the mainstream media dismissed her comments as divisive rhetoric or hyperbole. Far from being outrageous or out of stride with the prevailing views of Black activists, […]

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  • 4 Oct 2023
    Janet Ward, Gavriel D. Rosenfeld

    Fascism in America: Past and Present

    Nearly one hundred years ago, on November 9th, 1923, Germany withstood the attempt of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party to overthrow the German government in a violent coup. Just two years ago, on January 6th, 2021, the United States survived a similar attempt by domestic right-wing extremists to prevent the newly elected American President Joe Biden from […]

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  • 14 Jul 2023
    Matthew Titolo

    Privatization and Its Discontents

    Infrastructure and privatization are enduring topics in modern political discourse. Privatization and Its Discontents: Infrastructure, Law, and American History places these contemporary hot topics in perspective, identifying today’s debates as deeper problems within liberal statecraft that are of long historical vintage. In the American context, infrastructure has been created through models of public-private governance, and […]

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  • 16 Mar 2023
    Christian G. Fritz

    State Legislative Resistance

    My latest book, Monitoring American Federalism: The History of State Legislative Resistance demonstrates how states played a crucial role from the beginning of the republic in assessing the equilibrium of federalism within the American constitutional order. Although states and state legislatures were actively engaged in the debate over federalism, there has been a long-standing focus […]

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  • 27 Feb 2023
    Susan McCall Perlman

    How Intelligence Becomes Policy

    For four decades now, historians have lamented intelligence as the “missing dimension” of diplomatic history and international relations, the lack of relevance afforded “long-term intelligence experience to current policy,” and the consequent dearth of sophisticated analyses of how intelligence influences relations between states.[1] My book, Contesting France: Intelligence and US Foreign Policy in the Early […]

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