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History And 9/11 by Joanne Meyerowitz


History And 9/11 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 A collection of recent and historical documents--speeches, articles, and book excerpts--supplement the essays.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. Author note: Joanne Meyerowitz is Professor of History at Indiana University and editor of The Journal of American History.


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. -The Indiana Magazine of History 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. -Publishers Weekly 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. -Tom Bender, Professor of History, New York University, and editor of Rethinking American History in a Global Age This is a splendid collection of essays that helps us make sense of the background and the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Those attacks have resulted in deeper U.S. involvement in the Middle East, but, unfortunately, the nation and the rest of the world have not necessarily come closer together. There is no better way to understand how such a situation has come about than to turn to these thoughtful, clearly written essays by some of the leading historians today. Every piece is excellent without exception. -Akira Iriye, Professor of History, Harvard University, and author of Global Community: The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World

About the Author

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

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Publication date

11th July 2003


Joanne Meyerowitz

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Temple University Press,U.S.


288 pages


History of the Americas
21st century history: from c 2000 -
Regional studies
Terrorism, armed struggle



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