American Universities Declare War on Military History
American Universities Declare War on Military History: Academics seem to have forgotten that the best way to avoid conflict is to study it.
“Many, indeed most, academic institutions across the continent are infected with an intellectual virus that causes them to reject study of subjects that seem to some faculty members distasteful. This represents a betrayal of the principles of curiosity, rigor and courage that must underpin all worthwhile scholarship.”
“MacMillan demands: “Do we really want citizens who have no knowledge of how our values, political and economic structures came into being?”
“Unfortunately, many in the academic community assume that military history is simply about powerful men — mainly white men —fighting each other and/or oppressing vulnerable groups.”
“North America’s great universities should be ashamed of their pusillanimity. War is no more likely to quit our planet than are pandemics. The academics who spurn its study are playing ostriches. Their heads look no more elegant, buried in the sand.”