As a full-time history teacher and author whose work has contemporary implications, I frequently try to put the day's news in varoius broader contexts. Occasionally I have been able to do this in op-ed or Sunday pieces in various newspapers, but such pieces have become increasingly hearder to place, and finding a home for them takes longer than writing them does. I have therefore decided to open this blog, which I hope to contribute to about once a week. I plan to discuss long-term trends in American foreign and domestic policies as they relate to specific recent events.
Visitors may be interested in what I have written. My books are:
Economic Diplomacy and the Origins of the Second World War (Princeton, 1980).
Postmortem: New Evidence in the Case of Sacco and Vanzetti (co-author William Young) (Amherst, Mass., 1985).
Politics and War: European Conflict from Philip II to Hitler (Cambridge, Mass., 1990).
Epic Season: The 1948 American League Pennant Race (Amherst, Mass., 1998)
American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War (Cambridge, Mass., 2000).
All but the first are still in print.
My first post will appear very shortly.