History and September 11th

Edited by Joanne Meyerowitz
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PB: $28.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-203-4
Publication: Jul 03

HC: $76.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-202-7
Publication: Jul 03

288 pages
6 x 9
2 maps 19 halftones

Locating the historical roots of the September 11th attacks


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 A collection of recent and historical documents—speeches, articles, and book excerpts—supplement the essays.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.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Joanne Meyerowtiz
1. In the Wake of September 11: The Clash of What? – Michael H. Hunt
2. Damming Afghanistan: Modernization in a Buffer State – Nick Cullather
3. A Short History of Anti-Americanism and Terrorism: The Turkish Case – Nur Bilge Criss
4. Notes on the CIA's Secret War in Afghanistan – John Prados
5. Rescuing Women and Children – Emily S. Rosenberg
6. A Cultural History of the War without End – Melani McAlister
7. The September 11, 2001, Oral History Narrative and Memory Project:
8. A First Report – Mary Marshall Clark
9. "Anti-Americanism" in the Arab World: An Interpretation of a Brief History – Ussama Makdisi
10. History in the Fundamentalist Imagination – R. Scott Appleby
11. Conjuring with Islam, II – Bruce B. Lawrence
12. 9/11, the Great Game, and the Vision Thing: The Need for (and Elements of) a More Comprehensive Bush Doctrine – Bruce R. Kuniholm
Afterword: The Anteroom of War – Marilyn Blatt Young

Primary Source Documents
Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations?, 1993
The King-Crane Commission Report, August 28, 1919
Sayyid Qutb, Milestones, 1960
President Jimmy Carter, State of the Union Address, January 21, 1980
Brian Whitaker, The Definition of Terrorism, May 7, 2001
President George W. Bush, Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, September 20, 2001
Osama bin Laden, Speech on September 11 Attacks, October 7, 2001
Pew Global Attitudes Project, Opinion Leaders on America, December 19, 2001
Laura Bush, Radio Address on Women in Afghanistan, November 17, 2001
President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, January, 29, 2002
Campaign against Sanction with Iraq
Tom Masiello, On September 11th, February 2, 2002

About the Author(s)

Joanne Meyerowitz is Professor of History at Indiana University and editor of The Journal of American History.


In the Series

  • Critical Perspectives on the Past edited by Susan Porter Benson, Stephen Brier, and Roy Rosenzweig

    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.