Category Archives: What is Modern?

The Global Cold War and the Empire of Justice

In my last post I outlined historian Odd Arne Wested’s argument for the ideological foundations of American policy during the Cold War. Unlike earlier generations of Cold War historians he places American Cold War policies in the the context of … Continue reading

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The Global Cold War and the Empire of Liberty

For a global phenomenon, it is striking that the Cold War has traditionally been interpreted almost exclusively as a European affair. “Cold War” brings to mind cloak and dagger intrigue involving CIA and KGB agents knocking one another off in … Continue reading

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Competing Approaches to World History: Part 1, NeoEurocentrism

During the last 20 years or so in American education, courses in World History have replaced courses in Western Civilization as compulsory for most undergraduates. The Illinois State Board of Education, for example, now requires students who want to be … Continue reading

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What Makes History?

My last posting discussed the education of a historian (with a nod to my first historian-mentors; there would be many more to come). I ended with one of the most important– and least appreciated– reasons for studying history: to challenge … Continue reading

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