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Professor Melvyn P. Leffler new book, Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq

Professor Melvyn P. Leffler new book, Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq

Congratulations to Professor Melvyn P. Leffler on the publication of his new book, Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq.

His book can be found here: https://academic.oup.com/book/44895

An excerpt/adaptation appeared in the Atlantic. 

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/01/fear-power-and-hubris-bush-and-iraq-war/672759/

 

Congratulations to Professor Melvyn P. Leffler on the publication of his new book, Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq.

Brianna Frakes explains how resistance to the Emancipation Proclamation is important to understanding the contemporary moment

Brianna Frakes explains how resistance to the Emancipation Proclamation is important to understanding the contemporary moment

In recenly Washington Post "Made by History," Brianna Frakes (PhD Candidate) explains how resistance to the Emancipation Proclamation relates to the contemporary moment.  

"The Emancipation Proclamation sparked fierce resistance. That matters today." can be read here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/made-by-history/2023/01/31/emancipation-p...

In recenly Washington Post "Made by History," Brianna Frakes (PhD Candidate) explains how resistance to the Emancipation Proclamation relates to the contemporary moment.  

Professor Justene Hill Edwards featured in WalletHub article

Professor Justene Hill Edwards featured in WalletHub article

Professor Justene Hill Edwards was featured in WalletHub's recent article about States with the Biggest and Smallest Wealth Gaps by Race/Ethnicity. You can find the article here: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-highest-and-lowest-financial-gaps-by-race/9842#expert=Justene_Hill_Edwards.

 

Professor Justene Hill Edwards was featured in WalletHub's recent article about States with the Biggest and Smallest Wealth Gaps by Race/Ethnicity.

Marc J. Selverstone new book, The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam

Marc J. Selverstone new book, The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam

Congratulations to Miller Center Professor Marc J. Selverstone on his recently published book, The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam (Havard University Press 2022) 

 

The book can be found here: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674048812

Description:

A major revision of our understanding of JFK’s commitment to Vietnam, revealing that his administration’s plan to withdraw was a political device, the effect of which was to manage public opinion while preserving United States military assistance.

In October 1963, the White House publicly proposed the removal of United States troops from Vietnam, earning President Kennedy an enduring reputation as a skeptic on the war. In fact, Kennedy was ambivalent about withdrawal and was largely detached from its planning. Drawing on secret presidential tapes, Marc J. Selverstone reveals that the withdrawal statement gave Kennedy political cover, allowing him to sustain support for U.S. military assistance. Its details were the handiwork of Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, whose ownership of the plan distanced it from the president.

Selverstone’s use of the presidential tapes, alongside declassified documents, memoirs, and oral histories, lifts the veil on this legend of Camelot. Withdrawal planning was never just about Vietnam as it evolved over the course of fifteen months. For McNamara, it injected greater discipline into the U.S. assistance program. For others, it was a form of leverage over South Vietnam. For the military, it was largely an unwelcome exercise. And for JFK, it allowed him to preserve the U.S. commitment while ostensibly limiting it.

The Kennedy Withdrawal offers an inside look at presidential decisionmaking in this liminal period of the Vietnam War and makes clear that portrayals of Kennedy as a dove are overdrawn. His proposed withdrawal was in fact a cagey strategy for keeping the United States involved in the fight—a strategy the country adopted decades later in Afghanistan.

 

Congratulations to Miller Center Professor Marc J. Selverstone on his recently published book, The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam (Havard University Pre

Publications

The Long 1989

Decades of Global Revolution

Cool Town

How Athens, Georgia Launched the Alternative Scene and Changed American Culture

The Cigarette

A Political History

Petersburg to Appomattox

Petersburg to Appomattox

The End of the War in Virginia

To the End of Revolution

The Chinese Communist Party and Tibet, 1949–1959

Black Leaders on Leadership

Black Leaders on Leadership

Conversations with Julian Bond

Burying the Dead But Not the Past

Burying the Dead But Not The Past

Ladies' Memorial Associations & the Lost Cause

Taming the Unknown

Taming the Unknown

A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century

La Frontera

La Frontera

Forests and Ecological Conflict in Chile’s Frontier Territory

Tosaka Jun

Tosaka Jun

A Critical Reader

Bad Water

Bad Water

Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan, 1870–1950

Lens of War

Lens of War

Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War

The Associational State

The Associational State

American Governance in the Twentieth Century

Discovering Tuberculosis

Discovering Tuberculosis

A Global History, 1900 to the Present

Enlightenment Underground

Enlightenment Underground

Radical Germany, 1680-1720

Cold Harbor

Cold Harbor to the Crater The End of the Overland Campaign

Ruling Minds

Ruling Minds

Psychology in the British Empire

Causes Won and Lost

Causes Won and Lost

The End of the Civil War

The American War

The American War

A History of the Civil War Era

Shaper Nations

Shaper Nations

Strategies for a Changing World

When Sunday Comes

Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras

Charlotteville 2017

Charlottesville 2017

The Legacy of Race and Inequity

The Age of Eisenhower

The Age of Eisenhower

America and the World in the 1950s

Performing Filial Piety in Northern Song China

Family, State, and Native Place

La Nacion Sentida

La nación sentida

Rooted Cosmopolitans

Rooted Cosmopolitans

Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

Piracy and Law

Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean

Singing the Resurrection

Singing the Resurrection

Body, Community, and Belief in Reformation Europe

Sea of Debt

A Sea of Debt

Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950

Armies of Deliverance

A New History of the Civil War

The Law of Strangers

Jewish Lawyers and International Law in the Twentieth Century

To Build a Better World

Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth

Unfree Marks: The Slaves' Economy and the Rise of Capitalism in South Carolina

Justene Hill Edwards

Ghosts From the Past?

Assessing Recent Developments in Religious Freedom in South Asia

That Tyrant, Persuasion

How Rhetoric Shaped the Roman World

The Unsettled Plain

An Environmental History of the Late Ottoman Frontier

The Man Who Understood Democracy

The Life of Alexis de Tocqueville

Paradoxes of Nostalgia

Cold War Triumphalism and Global Disorder since 1989

The New Era In American Mathematics, 1920-1950

Corcoran Department of History

The University of Virginia's Corcoran Department of History has long been one of the anchors for liberal and humane education in the College of Arts & Sciences. Members of the Department are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarship and teaching. As scholars, the faculty specialize in a wide range of disciplines — cultural, diplomatic, economic, environmental history, history of science & technology, intellectual, legal, military, political, public history, and social history.  Areas of interest span the globe from Africa, to East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States. As teachers, our faculty seek above all to lead students to reflect more deeply on the role historical forces and processes play in the human condition. Offering over 100 courses a year, the faculty teach introductory surveys as well as seminars and colloquia to undergraduates and graduate students. The Department's intellectual breadth is enhanced by its close relationship with the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American & African Studies, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), the Classics Department, an emerging Law & History nexus between the Department and the School of Law,  the Miller Center for Study of the American Presidency, and the Committee on the History of Environment, Science, and Technology (CHEST). Members of the Department are also closely involved with several interdisciplinary programs in the College of Arts & Sciences such as, American Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle-Eastern Studies, Medieval Studies Program, and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.  Others work at the convergence of humanities and digital technology, both in research and in novel approaches to historical pedagogy.