Tag Archives : World War II


The Uses of History in the Anti-War Writing of Robinson Jeffers and Ezra Pound

“The Uses of History in the Anti-War Writing of Robinson Jeffers and Ezra Pound” appeared in Jeffers Studies, volume 20, 2017/2018. The article was published in January 2021. Although both writers condemned American foreign policy during World War II, they did so for radically different reasons. Pound’s reading of American history led him to a […]


Robert Zaller’s Jeffer Studies Review of Charles Austin Beard

Charles A. Beard was an historian; Robinson Jeffers a poet. They never met or corresponded, and only once referred to each other in print. Yet their paths crossed fatefully in their opposition to World War II, and, although no one has hitherto sought to systematically compare them, their names remain coupled by this to the […]


Charles Austin Beard and Robinson Jeffers: A Historian and a Poet Against the American Empire

I became interested in the work of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) while doing research for a book on the life of the American historian Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948). Jeffers and Beard both published books in 1948 that denounced the foreign policy of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for what they believed to be its warmongering character. Beard’s […]


Chalmers Johnson’s writings on American empire

The following article was first published by Responsible Statecraft under the title “An Appreciation: Chalmers Johnson’s writings on American empire” on April 12, 2020. It has been nearly ten years since Chalmers Johnson died, and twice that long since the publication of “Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire.” That Johnson’s condemnation of American imperialism […]


Book Review: Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana 1

Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana, Marc C. Johnson, University of Oklahoma Press, 486 pages The following book review first appeared in January/February print edition of The American Conservative under the title A Forgotten Rugged Patriot For ‘America First’ From his election in 1922 as United States senator from […]

Montana Senator Burton K. Wheeler

The Crisis of University Research 2

Academia’s Pursuit Of Corporate And Government Dollars Has Undermined Its Commitment To Learning


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

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 […]