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Harry Elmer Barnes

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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."

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Pearl Harbor After a Quarter of a Century

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

08/08/2014Left and Right
The surprise Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, 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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Revisionism and the Historical Blackout

Legal SystemThe Police StateWorld HistoryInterventionism

02/17/2010Mises Daily Articles
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

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

12/22/2007Mises Daily Articles
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

War and Foreign PolicyInterventionism

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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