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Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

December 21, 2007

Tags War and Foreign Policy

  1. Revisionism and the Historical Blackout
  2. The United States and the Road to War in Europe
  3. Roosevelt Is Frustrated in Europe
  4. How American Policy toward Japan Contributed to War in the Pacific
  1. Japanese-American Relations, 1921–1941
  2. The Actual Road to Pearl Harbor
  3. The Pearl Harbor Investigations
  4. The Bankcruptcy of a Policy
  5. American Foreign Policy in the Light of National Interest at the Mid-Century

In 1947, historian Charles Beard told Harry Elmer Barnes that the foreign policy of Presidents Roosevelt and Truman could best be described by the phrase "perpetual war for perpetual peace." Barnes used the phrase as the title of his 1953 collection of essays by the leading revisionist historians of the era. This article is excerpted from the final chapter. FULL ARTICLE

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