War & Peace Bundle

In the RU War & Peace bundle, you’ll learn the sordid history of US foreign policy, from the American War for Independence in 1776 to to America’s “holy war”, World War II, to the War on Terror and the War in Afghanistan. Join Thaddeus Russell and Scott Horton in these courses that will expose you to the true history of America’s militaristic past and present.

$196.00

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Dangerous Nation:The U.S. & The World, 1776-1898
The United States of America became a globalist empire not with the Spanish-American War in 1898, as most textbooks tell us, but with its founding. The Declaration of Independence asserted that “the People” possessed both a right and a “duty” to overthrow oppressive governments and to “provide New guards for their future security.” This idea famously justified the American War of Independence, but it was also interpreted by subsequent political leaders of the United States as an injunction to forever expand what Thomas Jefferson called the “empire of liberty.” This course presents an argument that globalist, imperialist ideas were embedded in America’s founding philosophy and that they were carried out in all the military endeavors of the U.S. in the 19th century, from Jefferson’s campaign against the “Mohammedan” pirates of the Mediterranean to Jackson’s crusade to “civilize” the West and Lincoln’s conquest and “reconstruction” of the South.
World War II: The Great Blowback. Lecture Series with Thaddeus Russell
World War II: The Great Blowback
Americans are skeptical of all but one of the foreign wars of the United States. It is widely accepted among both historians and the knowledgeable public that the Spanish-American War, World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars were either colossal “mistakes” or acts of imperialist aggression. The Second World War remains the only “good war.” Indeed, it remains the only sacred war. In the United States, it is still impossible to call into question the virtue of this country’s participation in the global war of 1939 to 1945 without being dismissed or castigated as a Nazi sympathizer, Holocaust denier, conspiracy theorist, or crank. And yet over the last two decades, academic historians in Europe have begun to assemble recently discovered evidence into a new narrative in which the policies of the United States during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency are a principal cause not only of the military conflicts in Asia and Europe that killed more than 60 million people but also of the deaths of six million Jews inside the Third Reich. In this course we will do what very few American historians of World War II know or dare to do. We will examine the emergent, revisionist history and determine whether it is now plausible to argue that America’s “good war” was actually America’s greatest blowback.
The War on Terror: A Global Catastrophe
When President George W. Bush declared a “war on terror” in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, there were no more than 300 al-Qaeda fighters in the world and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) did not yet exist. Today, after more than 16 years of bombing campaigns, ground invasions and military occupations, with hundreds of thousands of human lives lost and trillions of dollars spent, al-Qaeda, the organization deemed responsible for the 9-11 attacks, is estimated to command tens of thousands of fighters in more than 20 countries, and other terror organizations command thousands of loyalists across the globe. In this course, Scott Horton presents an argument that U.S. military interventions created and sustained what appears to be a self-perpetuating war and that policymakers in the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations bear principal responsibility for the greatest human catastrophe of our time.
Afghanistan: America’s Longest Foreign War
In this course, recorded in 2018, Scott Horton delivers a history of the origins and consequences of America’s longest war. Scott provides a compelling argument in favor of immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan.

$196.00