The Politics of History


This paperback bestseller presents a series of case studies and thought-provoking essays arguing for a radical approach to history and providing a revisionist interpretation of the historian’s role. In a new introduction written for this edition, Howard Zinn responds to critics of the 1970 edition and comments further on the radicalization of history. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by Beacon Press, 1971; University of Illinois Press, 1990.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction to the First Edition

PART ONE: APPROACHES

1. Knowledge as a Form of Power
2. History as Private Enterprise
3. What Is Radical History?

PART TWO • ESSAYS IN AMERICAN HISTORY

CLASS
4. Inequality
5. The Ludlow Massacre
6. LaGuardia in the Jazz Age
7. The Limits of the New Deal

RACE
8. Abolitionists and the Tactics of Agitation
9. Psychoanalyzing the Dissenter: Two Cases
l0. Liberalism and Racism
11. Albany,Georgia, and the New Frontier

NATIONALISM
12. Aggressive Liberalism
13. Vietnam: The Moral Equation
14. The Prisoners: A Bit of Contemporary History
15. Violence: The Double Standard
16. Hiroshima and Royan

PART THrEE: THeory and praxis

17. Freedom and Responsibility
18. The Historians
19. The Philosophers
20. Philosophers, Historians, and Causation

Notes
Index