Censoring History Education Goes Hand in Hand with Democratic Backsliding
by Julia Boechat Machado and Ruben Zeeman
Regimes in the Philippines, India and Brazil have recently tried to censor the teaching of history in service of their poltical goals and claims to power. The pushback by scholars in these countries should inspire historians in Florida and elsewhere to resist the political censorship of research and teaching.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
Is it Time to Rethink the Term "Indigenous"?
by Manvir Singh
The concept of indigenous peoples was developed to describe political relationships formed by European colonialism. Does it aptly describe complex ethnic relationships today? And can it be disrupted by archaeological discoveries of migration and habitation?
Historians are Being Asked to Spin Simple Stories of Nationalism; The Past Won't Cooperate
by Joe Djordjevski
Nationalist forces in both Bulgaria and North Macedonia want to use historians to reach a definitive conclusion to debates over the territory's ethnic and national identity. But from the collapse of the Ottoman Empire to the fall of Communism, those questions have been complex, difficult, and ambiguous.
Resisting Nationalism in Education
by Jacob Goodwin
"Countering the pull toward nationalistic authoritarianism requires intellectual openness and curiosity. This is a challenge in the time of recovery from the global pandemic, environmental catastrophe and jagged economic turbulence."
Why the Kremlin Made "Z" its Symbol of the Ukraine Invasion
by Alexander Etkind
Can Russia's aggression against Ukraine be explained by its leaders fetishizing the small differences in national life, and the divergent fortunes of the post-Soviet generation, in the two countries? Are those gaps so small that only an invented symbol could express them?
SOURCE: Jerusalem Post
Can Religious Zionists Reject the Religious Zionist Party?
by Gil Troy
Can religious Zionism survive being hijacked by a party of anti-democratic and anti-humanist zealots? One historian of Zionism says he's not on board with the Israeli far right.
SOURCE: Activist History Review
No, Liberal Historians Can't Tame Nationalism
by Eran Zelnik
Liberal historians confronted with both right-wing nationalism and renewed "history wars" have tried to thread a needle by telling a positive story of nationalism. The author contends the exclusionary and belligerent aspects of nationalism can't be domesticated by surrounding them with the right narrative.
Not All Roads Lead to Kashmir
by Andrew Howard
A recent tragedy on a historically contentious railway route shows that decisions about infrastructure development are made with symbolic and emotional considerations as well as pragmatic ones.
SOURCE: New Statesman
Orban's American Apologists
by John Ganz
Why is the leader of a small and politically insignificant European nation suddenly a celebrated hero for the American right? Orban's brand of nationalism represents a test of how far ethnonationalists can go in public.
SOURCE: I Used to Be Disgusted, Now I Try to Be Amused (Substack)
CPAC's Orban Fandom in Historical Context
by Jason Tebbe
Orbanism resonates with today's American right because it explicitly rejects liberalism, involves the masses in politics while rigging the system for favorable outcomes, and gets its power from resentment of marginalized “outsiders," galvanizing a group feeling its demographic and cultural position decline.
The Edmund Burke Foundation Betrays its Namesake and Threatens Liberty with "National Conservatism"
by Thomas Lecaque and J.L. Tomlin
The Edmund Burke Foundation has claimed the mantle of the foundational conservative in its recent manifesto, but what the document articulates is a blueprint for an authoritarian, theocratic society that owes more to European fascism.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Putin's Far from the Only Autocrat Abusing History
by Katie Stallard
"As Putin is currently demonstrating, questionable historical narratives in faraway autocracies are a problem for democracies too."
SOURCE: World Socialist Website
World Socialist Website: Tim Snyder Changes Conclusions on Ukrainian Fascism
Have influential historians of Eastern European nationalism and antisemitism softened their assessment of Ukrainian nationalism because of the Russian invasion?
Brexit and European War Mark Another Chapter in the Saga of Reinventing Britishness
by Dominic Selwood
The good news for Brits struggling with national identity in the wake of Brexit and under the threat of war? Britishness has been a constantly negotiated and evolving idea for centuries.
SOURCE: Deseret News
Is Putin a New Constantine?
by Daniel Gullotta
"In short, Putin seems to strike some conservatives as a new Constantine for a new Christendom standing against progressive totalitarianism."
SOURCE: The Nation
Is there Any Place for Patriotism on the Left? Michael Kazin and Rafia Zakaria Debate
Does patriotism help people on the left engage with the democratic process, ensuring it isn't dominated by the right? Or does it stop people from developing the international consciousness needed to address the world's problems?
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
What Binds Some American Evangelicals to Putin's Regime and War?
by Bethany Moreton
Russia's embrace of both religious nationalism and gender traditionalism makes many American evangelicals feel that Putin is their ally in a war against spiritual degeneracy.
SOURCE: The Guardian
The Antisemitism Underlying Putin's Claim to "Denazify" Ukraine
by Jason Stanley
"Putin, the leader of Russian Christian nationalism, has come to view himself as the global leader of Christian nationalism, and is increasingly regarded as such by Christian nationalists around the world."
War Torn: Confronting the Problems of the Nationless
by Nick Turse
Those displaced by war, persecution, and economic desperation constitute more than a billion people. The "nationless" are the third-largest nation on Earth, and their ranks will only grow.
Putin's Historical Memory Laws Foreshadowed Ukrainian Invasion
by Francine Hirsch
Legal penalties for critical interpretations of the Soviet role in the second world war are an effort to prop up a nationalist version of Russian history that is being used to justify the invasion of Ukraine as a humanitarian and antifascist measure.
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