Friday, July 27, 2012
Andrew Bacevich on "The Revisionist Imperative: Rethinking Twentieth Century Wars"Andrew Bacevich in January of this year gave an address to the American Historical Association on "The Revisionist Imperative". It was published in The Journal of Military History 76/2 (Apr 2012) under the title, "The Revisionist Imperative: Rethinking Twentieth Century Wars." It's also available online at the Marshall Foundation website.
Part 1 01/07/2012:
Bacevich in this lecture argues that we need to focus on two extended conflicts that reach across the last century and one of them into the current one. The first encompasses the two world wars and the Cold War:
Enshrined today as a story of freedom besieged, but ultimately triumphant, the familiar story began back in 1914 and continued until its (apparently) definitive conclusion in 1989. Call this the Short Twentieth Century. ...The second involves the oil heartlands:
The less familiar alternative recounts a story in which freedom as such has figured only intermittently. It has centered on the question of who will dominate the region that we today call the Greater Middle East. Also kicking into high gear in 1914, this story continues to unfold in the present-day, with no end in sight. Call this the story of the Long Twentieth Century. ...Tags: andrew bacevich
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