updated Tue. October 10, 2023
April 18, 2018
(William Seward, the Republican luminary and Lincoln's secretary of state, played a central role in this, while the anti-monopolist farmers, as William Appleman Williams long ago showed, bought into it readily.)18. There were also the US invasions of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines (we call this theÃâÃÂ ...
February 25, 2018
As historian Alfred McCoy points out in his new book, “In the Shadows of the American Century,” Trump embraces what the late historian William Appleman Williams called America's “grand illusion,” or the “charming belief that the United States could reap the rewards of empire without paying the costs ofÃâÃÂ ...
February 11, 2018
It was only through careful revision of the works of William Appleman Williams, Martin Sklar, Jeffrey Lustig, and most importantly my re-reading of Gabriel Kolko's seminal “The Triumph of Conservatism,” that I realized the false pretenses in my own thinking. In the early 1960s, Kolko had broken new groundÃâÃÂ ...
February 9, 2018
By using the work of New Left historian William Appleman Williams and by referencing speech actors with political capital, this paper highlights that the process of securitising Africa using exceptional speech acts to expand corporate capitalism is not unique to Africa since there are historical discursiveÃâÃÂ ...
January 31, 2018
In college, Burbach devoured the classic leftist literature of the 1960s and 1970s: Marx and Engels, Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, C. Wright Mills and the radical historian of American diplomacy, William Appleman Williams. The common themes: anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, criticism of conspicuous consumption andÃâÃÂ ...
December 12, 2017
He began, like many of his peers, as an enthusiastic adherent of the historian William Appleman Williams, who saw economic imperialism as the main driver of U.S. foreign policy. But Leffler gradually came to believe that the complexity of the U.S. political system made it impossible for any single factor toÃâÃÂ ...
November 30, 2017
In particular, the history department at the University of Wisconsin encouraged young scholars to examine the economic taproots of U.S. foreign policy. In 1959, the university's most influential historian, William Appleman Williams, broke new ground with The Tragedy of American Diplomacy. His studentsÃâÃÂ ...
War on the Rocks
November 24, 2017
The Tragedy of American Diplomacy by William Appleman Williams. With a president who seems worried that NATO, no less than NAFTA, is a bad deal negotiated at America's expense, perhaps the best way to save the liberal order is to dig out an old over-the-top Marxist critique of it. Williams suggests thatÃâÃÂ ...
October 13, 2017
He became a student of William Appleman Williams and the Wisconsin school which pioneered critical study of American foreign policy. His expertise on the Philippines further enabled him to see the exercise of American power from the viewpoint of the colonized. McCoy's 2009 book, Policing America'sÃâÃÂ ...
September 24, 2017
... although the U.S. generally eschewed direct colonialism, its promotion of global free trade helped “open a door through which America's preponderant economic strength would enter and dominate all the underdeveloped areas of the world,” wrote the revisionist historian William Appleman Williams in hisÃâÃÂ ...
September 1, 2017
Jeremy Kuzmarov is an assistant professor of history at the University of Tulsa and the author, most recently, of Modernizing Repression (University of Massachusetts, 2012). John Marciano is professor emeritus of education at the State University of New York, Cortland, and the author of The American WarÃâÃÂ ...
UNC Chapell Hill
March 31, 2017
When using economics in this context, it is generally held to mean what William Appleman Williams referred to as the pursuit of an "Open Door" policy.2 This means that the US should seek to expand its trade across the world and protect its business interests from attack in any other countries. Internal economic mattersÃâÃÂ ...
June 9, 2016
Writing in the wake of the Vietnam War, William Appleman Williams argued that “Americans denied and sublimated their violence by projecting it upon those they defined as inferior.” America is exceptional, it is asserted, because, with the exception of the abolition of slavery, it has been able to extend theÃâÃÂ ...
February 7, 2016
But before Zinn, there was William Appleman Williams, a brash energetic troublemaker who was arguably a more rigorous scholar than Zinn and who was among the best and the boldest of the firebrand 20th century historians who emerged from a Charles Beard afterglow with ass to kick once the bubbleÃâÃÂ ...
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