Locating the historical roots of the September 11th attacks
History and September 11th
Search the full text of this book
edited by Joanne Meyerowitz
The contributors to this landmark collection set the attacks on the United States in historical perspective. They reject the simplistic notion of an age-old "clash of civilizations" and instead examine the particular histories of American nationalism, anti-Americanism, U.S. foreign policy, and Islamic fundamentalism among other topics. With renewed attention to Americans' sense of national identity, they focus on the United States in relation to the rest of the world. A collection of recent and historical documentsspeeches, articles, and book excerptssupplement the essays. Taken together, the essays and sources in this volume comment on the dangers of seeing the events of September 11 as splitting the nation's history into "before" and "after." They argue eloquently that no useful understanding of the present is possible without an unobstructed view of the past.
"This book represents an impressive, important, and timely mobilization of historians. They usefully address the national and international historical meanings the terrible events of 9/11 and the challenges its aftermath poses for American domestic and foreign policies. These essays and documents provide essential material for discussion, whether in the classroom or in the larger public realm."
"This collection of essays, complete with primary sources, by noted scholars in the fields of terrorism, the Middle East, fundamentalist religious movements, anti-Americanism and foreign relations, attempts to provide a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the factors leading up to the terror attacks on September 11."
"The collection of essays serves as an antidote to the amnesia fostered by a passive media and political administrations to provide us with complex multiperspectival understanding of our world and an imperative to see our local and national milieu in a broader global context. ...[it] is well organized, with a useful overview by [editor] Meyerowitz."
Introduction Joanne Meyerowtiz
Primary Source Documents
Contributors: R. Scott Appleby, Mary Marshall Clark, Nur Bilge Criss, Nick Cullather, Michael H. Hunt, Bruce R. Kuniholm, Bruce B. Lawrence, Ussama Makdisi, Melani McAlister, John Prados, Emily S. Rosenberg, Marilyn Blatt Young, and the editor.
In the series
Critical Perspectives on the Past, edited by Susan Porter Benson, Stephen Brier, and Roy Rosenzweig, is concerned with the traditional and nontraditional ways in which historical ideas are formed. In its attentiveness to issues of race, class, and gender and to the role of human agency in shaping events, the series is as critical of traditional historical method as content. Emphasizing that history is itself an interpretation of material events, the series demonstrates that the historian's choices of subject, narrative technique, and documentation are politically as well as intellectually constructed.