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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 7/27/16: academic freedom in Turkey; Peace History Society; links to recent articles of interest

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

Here are a couple of notes plus our occasional listing of noteworthy recent history-related articles relevant to US foreign and military policies.

1. The Scholars at Risk network has issued a statement decrying the extraordinary acts of repression against Turkey's higher education sector in the wake of the recent attempted coup. The American Historical Association is among scholarly groups endorsing the statement.

2. The newest issue of the Peace History Society's more or less semiannual newsletter, PHS News, ably edited as usual by Robert Shaffer, is available online.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"A Grand and Disastrous Deceit"
By Philippe Sands, London Review of Books, July 28 issue
A critical exposition of the findings and self-imposed limits of the Chilcot report on Britain's role in the 2003 Iraq invasion

"Driven Mad by the Horror of War"
By Tony Rennell, Daily Mail, posted July 27
Long, illustrated review essay of The Crisis of Shell Shock on the Somme by Taylor Downing

The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

"Cashing in on a Failed Coup"
By Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch.org, posted July 21
The author teaches history at Trinity College.

"Me Tarzan, You Adam: How I Met the Ghosts of My Own Work in a Local Multiplex"
By Adam Hochschild, TomDispatch.com, posted July 19, 2016
On the new Tarzan movie; the author wrote King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa.

"We Are the Empire: Of USMilitary Interventions, Alien Disaster Movies, and Star Wars"
By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted July 12
The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, teaches history at Pennsylvania College of Technology. 

"Are We in for Another Increasein Military Spending?"
By Lawrence S. Wittner, LA Progressive, posted July 11
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.

"The Risks of Coercive NavalDiplomacy"
By Douglas Peifer, History News Network, posted July 10
The author teaches history at the U.S. Air War College.

"The Real Lesson of Iraq:Nothing Was Learned, No Good Was Done"
By Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch.org, posted July 7

"The Chilcot Report: HollowVindication for the War's Critics"
By Glenda Gilmore, History News Network, posted July 6
The author teaches history at Yale University.

Thanks to Mim Jackson and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.




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