World War II

Politics journal

Dwight Macdonald and the Politics Circle

Politics was a radical journal edited by Dwight Macdonald from 1944 to 1949. The journal published political and cultural criticism of current events in the 1940s, and had many noteworthy contributors and thought-provoking essays.

For more information on Politics in particular, see Dwight Macdonald and the Politics Circle: The Challenge of Cosmopolitan Democracy, by Gregory Sumner. For more information on Dwight Macdonald generally, see his biography, A Rebel in Defense of Tradition: The Life and Politics of Dwight Macdonald, by Michael Wreszin.

The Mechanics Educational Society of America and World War II

A brief introduction to the MESA and their experiences in WWII.

Writing in the early 2000's, Nelson Lichtenstein argued that:

The Communist Party of the United States: from the Depression to World War II

An overview of the American Communist Party from the time right before the Popular Front era until World War II and the Hitler-Stalin Pact.

The Emperors Naked Army Marches On

A documentary about a war veteran and now determined anti militarist Kenzo Okuzaki and his attempts to investigate suspicious murders in his old regiment. He works his way up the chain of command and confronts his former officers and uncovers some grizzly secrets.

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On is a 1987 documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki and his one man crusade against war and Japan's greatest war criminal Emperor Hirohito. Throughout the film he confronts officers over there crimes during and after the war ended, exposes shocking conditions Japanese soldiers had to endure and ridicules the justifications for the acts and there cover up.

The left and rape : why we should all be ashamed of the left’s role in covering up the rape of 2 million women.

A blogpost from an ex-Socialist Workers Party (UK) member about the neglect of the topic of rapes that occured during World War II. TRIGGER WARNING: This content deals with accounts of sexual assault and may be distressing for some people

How I was a rape denier & accepted rape myths

The responsibility of peoples, and other essays in political criticism - Dwight Macdonald

Dwight Macdonald

A collection of essays written by Dwight Macdonald, most of which appeared in his journal, Politics. Some essays have been expanded upon in this collection.

Unpatriotic history of the Second World War - James Heartfield

Sixty million people died in the Second World War, and still they tell us it was the Peoples War. James Heartfield demolishes myths about World War II.

The official history of the Second World War is Victors History. This is the history of the Second World War without the patriotic whitewash. The Second World War was not fought to stop fascism, or to liberate Europe.

The untold history of the United States - Peter Kuznick and Oliver Stone

The companion to the Showtime documentary series, director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional history books in this thoroughly researched and rigorously analyzed look at the dark side of American history.

The notion of American exceptionalism, dating back to John Winthrop’s 1630 sermon aboard the Arbella, still warps Americans’ understanding of their nation’s role in the world. Most are loathe to admit that the United States has any imperial pretensions.

The anatomy of fascism - Robert O. Paxton

What is fascism? Many authors have proposed definitions, but most fail to move beyond the abstract

The esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question for the first time by focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did, rather than what they said.

Fascism and Football

A documentary on how the Fascist regimes of Spain, Italy and Germany made football an important pillar of their propaganda and the lengths they went to in order to control the sport both domestically and internationally.