New-Fashioned American Radicals

Roche, John P.
January 1956
New Republic;1/30/56, Vol. 134 Issue 5, p13
This article presents information on the public attitude towards history in the U.S. A striking instance of this American lack of a sense of history has been the contrast between American and French attitudes toward the rearming of Germany. Having reached the conclusion that a German army is necessary, American policy-makers have exorcised the past and acted as though Nazism and World War II were just a bad dream. The French, in contrast, living in an atmosphere of brooding historicism, have acted as though the main task today is to remedy certain procedural defects in the Treaty of Westphalia of 1648. Similarly in the Pacific, anti-Japanese sentiment is far stronger in Indonesia than among Americans, although the United States bore the main brunt of Japanese militarism.


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