The Politics of History


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 • p. xi

Introduction to the First Edition • p. 1

 

PART ONE • APPROACHES • p. 5

1) Knowledge as a Form of Power • p. 5

2) History as Private Enterprise • p. 15

3) What ls Radical History? • p. 35

 

PART TWO • ESSAYS IN AMERICAN HISTORY • p. 57

CLASS:

4) Inequality • p. 57

5) The Ludlow Massacre • p. 79

6) LaGuardia in the Jazz Age • p. 102

7) The Limits of the New Deal • p. 118

RACE:

8) Abolitionists and the Tactics of Agitation • p. 137

9) Psychoanalyzing the Dissenter: Two Cases • p. 153

10) Liberalism and Racism • p. 167

11) Albany, Georgia, and the New Frontier • p. 179

NATIONALISM

12) Aggressive Liberalism • p. 195

13) Vietnam: The Moral Equation • p. 209

14) The Prisoners: A Bit of Contemporary History • p. 223

15) Violence: The Double Standard • p. 237

16) Hiroshima and Royan • p. 250

 

PART THREE • THEORY AND PRAXIS • p. 275

17) Freedom and Responsibility • p. 275

18) The Historians • p. 288

19) The Philosophers • p. 320

20) Philosophers, Historians, and Causation • p. 352

 

Notes • p. 369

Index • p. 380