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Harry Elmer Barnes

Harry Elmer Barnes (1889-1968) was a pioneer of historical revisionism, meaning the use of historical scholarship to challenge and refute the narratives of history promulgated by the state and the political class, or as Barnes himself termed it, "court history." Long regarded as a progressive intellectual leader of the American Left, Barnes became associated with the Old Right for his opposition to the New Deal and to American entry into World War II. His work has had a profound influence on New Left historians such as William Appleman Williams and Gabriel Kolko, as well as on the historical writings of Murray Rothbard and other libertarians.

See Murray Rothbard's obituary, "Harry Elmer Barnes, RIP."

Revisionism and the Historical Blackout

Mises DailyFebruary 17, 2010
In this country today, and it is also true of most other nations, many professional historians gladly falsify history quite voluntarily.

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Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

Mises DailyDecember 22, 2007
Two world wars have converted the libertarian American dream of pre-1914 days into a nightmare of fear, regimentation, destruction, insecurity, inflation, and ultimate insolvency.

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Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

BooksJuly 17, 2007
This book is a critical survey and appraisal of the development and results of American foreign policy during the Presidency of FDR.

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Pearl Harbor After a Quarter of a Century

JournalsAugust 8, 2014
The surprise Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1911, is regarded by most persons who recall it at all as an isolated dramatic episode, now consigned to political and military archeology. Quite to the contrary, on account of our entry Into the war, it became one of the most decisive...

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