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Friday, January 22, 2016

[haw-info] New history website - contributors welcome

January 22, 2016

To members and friends of Historians Against the War:

I am looking for assistance in developing the content of a website – www.peacehistory-usfp.org – on the history of United States foreign policy. The purpose of the website is to provide user-friendly, progressive critiques of U.S. wars and foreign policies over the course of 240 years. An ambitious project? Yes, but needed.

The website is online now, with the War of 1812 as an exemplary module (www.peacehistory-usfp.org/the-war-of-1812). Take a look. If you teach about the War of 1812, use the website now. The HAW Steering Committee has agreed to sponsor the website and I am exploring grant possibilities.

I am looking for assistance in a few different ways (see list of entries below):

1. Feedback. Give me suggestions and constructive criticism – now and with future entries.

2. Suggest resources (books, articles, websites, films) for particular areas.

3. Contribute as a researcher and writer on a particular section. This may include reading the work of others.

4. Coordinate a whole entry (e.g., the Vietnam War).

5. Assist the project in obtaining grants and outreach.

The intention is to include in each entry a principled analysis of the causes and conduct of war, domestic debates and antiwar movements, and a critique of administration rhetoric, among other things. There are many critical studies of U.S. foreign policy at higher levels of academia, but little of this information seeps into high school and community college textbooks or popular student websites such as history.com. This HAW website, in other words, is designed to make progressive peace-oriented critiques accessible to non-history majors and the general public.

Chronology of U.S. Foreign Policy, 1775-2015


• War for Independence, 1775-1783
• U.S. territorial expansion and Native American resistance
• War of 1812

• U.S. territorial expansion and Native American removal and resistance
• Mexican War, 1846-1848
• Civil War diplomacy

• From western expansion to overseas expansion
• Spanish American War, 1898, and U.S.-Philippines War, 1899-1902
• The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, 1904, and "Yankee imperialism"
• U.S. participation in World War I, 1917-1918

• U.S. participation in World War II, 1941-1945
• Truman Doctrine, 1947, and onset of the Cold War
• Korean War, 1950-1953
• U.S. global interventionism, overt and covert
• The nuclear arms race and Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
• Vietnam War, 1964-1973 (including Laos and Cambodia)

• From the Cold War to the "War on Terror"
• Central America wars, 1980s
• Persian Gulf War, 1991
• War in Afghanistan, 2001-present
• War in Iraq, 2003-present
• Genocide prevention, human rights, and international law

Please contact me if interested in contributing to this project.

Roger Peace
PhD American Foreign Relations
(I have taught mostly U.S. history and "U.S. in the World" at the community college level.)

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