Howard Zinn on War by Howard ZinnHoward Zinn on War is Zinnís choice of the writing that represents his thinking on a subject that concerned and fascinated him throughout his career. He reflects on the wars against Iraq, the war in Kosovo, the Vietnam War, World War II, and on the meaning of war generally in a world of nations that cant seem to stop destroying each other. These readings appeared first in magazines and newspapers including the Progressive and the Boston Globe, as well as in Zinns books, Failure to Quit, Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal, The Politics of History, and Declarations of Independence.
Here we see Zinnís perspective as a World War II veteran and peace activist who lived through the most devastating wars of the twentieth century and questioned every one of them with his combination of integrity and historical acumen. In his essay, Just and Unjust War, Zinn challenges us to fight for justice with struggle, but without war. He writes in After the War (2006) that while governments bring us into war, their power is dependent on the obedience of the citizenry. When that is withdrawn, governments are helpless. In Howard Zinn on War, his message is clear: The abolition of war has become not only desirable but absolutely necessary if the planet is to be saved. It is an idea whose time has come.
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According to him, like all wars, U. Anyone who paid attention in freshmen year high school history class can find various things wrong in this chapter. The very first page offers a rather curious statement. Zinn is correct in noting that the Lusitania, a British Liner with American passengers that the Germans sunk in , in fact did carry munitions. However, you learn in 9th grade that President Wilson was re-elected in on the promise to keep America out of the war.
The popularity of this book can be measured in various ways 2. The book has served as an inspiration to various American artists, such as film director and actor Tim Robbins, rock star Bruce Springsteen, lead singer Eddy Vedder from the band Pearl Jam and folksinger Ani Difranco 3. Another open reference to the book can be found in the Oscar-winning script of Good Will Hunting 4. Judging by the enthusiasm of high school and college teachers and students who wrote to Zinn over the last two decades, it seems that the book overcame its marginality to become unavoidable as a textbook reference 5. Revisionist scholars began to take into account the lives of ordinary people, thus broadening the range of human experience recorded by history. A path-breaking awareness of the ways race, class, gender and sexuality have shaped the lives of Americans ensued.
Howard Zinn died last week. His view was that objectivity was neutrality, which I think is a formula for bad history.
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In the s, in the faculty-filled suburbs west of Boston, the historian Howard Zinn was something of a folk hero. The Boston Globe , where Zinn published a column, ran stories of his battles with the dictatorial John Silber, the president of Boston University, who cracked down on unions, censored student protests, and denied pay raises to enemies such as Zinn. That James Polk started a war with Mexico as a pretext for annexing California? Perhaps you do, if you are moderately well-read in American history. And if you are very well-read, you also know that these statements themselves are problematic simplifications. Now I knew.