Peace Movements and Protests

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Readings

  • Charles F. Howlett, "Studying America's Struggle against War: An Historical Perspective," The History Teacher, Vol. 36, No. 3 (May 2003): 297-330. Provides a richly annotated compendium of studies on American and transnational peace movements. Howlett concludes (pp. 319-20): "The evolution of peace history writing has come a long way, especially in the last half of the twentieth century. The ebb and flow of peace history scholarship has generally followed four paths: 1) the writings of pacifists and peace activists from the War of 1812 to the start of World War I; 2) the early synthesis of peace history occurring between the two world wars, marked by [Merle] Curti's scholarly works; 3) the remarkable proliferation of works from the Vietnam War to the late 1980s; and 4) the newly published studies involving international and interdisciplinary trends, capped by non-governmental initiatives. Much of the present scholarship focuses on social movements and citizen activism. The large body of works is testimony to the viability of peace activism and to the current interest in the study of it as a scholarly endeavor. 'Peace activists,' as Larry Wittner argues, 'have been sentimental and naive, but no more so, and arguably less so, than supporters of war. Unmoved by fantasies of national glory, martial valor, and other romantic notions of the war makers, they have often been quite realistic about the causes and consequences of international conflict.' Certainly, 'as war has grown more total, even genocidal, the basis for assessing what is, in fact, realistic has shifted substantially.'" (Lawrence S. Wittner, "Peace Movements and Foreign Policy: The Challenge to Diplomatic Historians," Diplomatic History XI, Fall 1987, 355.)

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Other Resources

  • The United States Foreign Policy History & Resource Guide is an open resource, non-commercial, educational website sponsored by the Peace History Society. The website examines the nation’s wars and interventions, policy debates, alternative options, and dissenting antiwar movements. Written for students (grades 12-16) and the general public, each chapter-length essay draws on the work of experts in the area of study, contains numerous images and photos, and is heavily footnoted for independent investigation of primary and secondary sources. The essays are designed to encourage critical thinking and evaluation, especially as to the necessity and justness of wars. For reference on critical evaluation, see my article in The History Teacher (Feb. 2017), "Choosing Values: Toward an Ethical Framework in the Study of History". Professors, instructors, and teachers are encouraged to assign all or part (sections) of the essays to their students. There are currently ten completed chapter-length essays. Those in bold below have substantial sections on the arguments, activities, and political influence of antiwar movements. I welcome feedback from those who utilize the website essays in their courses (contact me through the website). -- Roger Peace, website coordinator.

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