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Andrew J. Bacevich’s review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism

The following review Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism by Andrew J. Bacevich first appeared March 21, 2019 on the website of The American Conservative. It is republished here by permision. Charles Beard: Punished for Seeking Peace by Andrew J. Bacevich Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of […]


Charles Beard, an anti-imperialist, stood in stark comparison with his hawkish liberal contemporaries.

Paul Buhle’s Review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism in the Progressive

Paul Buhle wrote an excellent review article which appeared on the Progressive Magazine’s website on February 20, 2019. The piece titled “Charles Beard: Bob La Follette’s Friend” is republished here with permission. Charles Beard: Bob La Follette’s Friend A new book corrects the record on the anti-imperialist historian—a close ally of “The Progressive’s” founder—whose work was […]


The Economic Interpretation of History as a Way of Understanding American Politics

With the publication in 1913 of An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948) became one of the most famous, influential, and controversial historians in America.

Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism

Journal of American History, March 2016 cover

Letter to the Editor of The Journal of American History

The following Letter to the Editor appeared in the March 2016 102 (4) issue of the Journal of American History.   To the Editor: “Interchange: World War I,” the online discussion in the September 2015 issue (pp. 463–99), raised many important points about the American experience in that conflict. The reasons given for American intervention in the […]


The Greatest Speech in the History of the United States Senate and Its Meaning for Today

(Note: The following article first appeared on The Daily Call, February 23, 2016.) By Richard Drake Special to the Daily Call On 4 April 1917, Senator Robert La Follette of Wisconsin rose in the Senate to speak in opposition to Woodrow Wilson’s call for war against Germany, a message delivered by the President to a joint […]


The Trans-Pacific Partnership in Historical Perspective

The following article by Richard Drake first appeared on June 28, 2015 on the History News Network. It is republished here with permission. The original article is located at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/159784 The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement looms as yet another tactic designed to implement a corporate capitalist strategy for managing the world’s wealth. Though nineteenth-century economists […]


History News Network review of The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert M. LaFollette and U.S. Expansion

The following review of The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert M. LaFollette and U.S. Expansion first appeared on the History News Network and is republished here with permission. The review was written by Ron Briley of Sandia Preparatory School, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The original is located at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/159458 With the imminent formal entrance of Wisconsin Governor Scott […]


Allies against empire: Robert La Follette and Albert Jay Nock opposed war from left and right.

The following article first appeared in The American Conservative (May/June 2015). “Allies against empire: Robert La Follette and Albert Jay nock opposed war from left and right..” The Free Library. 2015 The American Conservative LLC 30 Apr. 2015 http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Allies+against+empire%3a+Robert+La+Follette+and+Albert+Jay+nock+opposed…-a0411015087 The progressive statesman Robert La Follette and the libertarian writer Albert Jay Nock epitomized the polar extremes […]


Journal of American History Review of The Education of an Anti-imperialist: Robert La Folette and U.S. Expansion

This is a review that appeared in The Journal of American History, volume 101, number 2, September 2014, pp. 612-613. The full text of the review is posted here with the publisher’s permission.   When scholars are asked to rank the greatest U.S. senators, Robert M. La Follette regularly tops the list. His influence spans […]


The Hope and Ultimate Tragedy of the 1919 King-Crane Report

Below is the full text of the article that appeared in the June/July 2014 issue of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. http://www.wrmea.org/wrmea-archives/557-washington-report-archives-2011-2015/june-july-2014/12542-the-hope-and-ultimate-tragedy-of-the-1919-king-crane-report.html The King-Crane Report, a little-known and even less understood historical document, prophetically warned of the conflicts raging in the Middle East today. Created during the post-World War I Paris Peace Conference […]


Robert La Follette: America’s Anti-Imperialist Prophet

The following Op-Ed related to my book The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion was published on October 10, 2013 by the Progressive Magazine online. http://www.progressive.org/robert-lafollette-americas-anti-imperialist-prophet Among those who foresaw the dangers of imperialism, Robert La Follette deserves special remembrance. Among the many Americans of past generations who foresaw the dangers that militarism […]