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Gabriel Morris Kolko (1932 – 2014) was an American historian. His research interests included American capitalism and political history, the Progressive Era, and U.S. foreign policy in the 20th century. One of the best-known revisionist historians to write about the Cold War, he had also been credited as an incisive critic of the Progressive Era and its relationship to the American empire. U.S. historian Paul Buhle summarized Kolko’s career when he described him as a major theorist of what came to be called Corporate Liberalism and a very major historian of the Vietnam War and its assorted war crimes.
Kolko regarded the result of the creation of Israel as “abysmal”. In his view, Zionism produced “a Sparta that traumatized an already artificially divided region,” “a small state with a military ethos that pervades all aspects of its culture, its politics and, above all, its response to the existence of Arabs in its midst and at its borders.” Overall, his conclusion was that there is “simply no rational reason” that justifies Israel’s creation.
World in Crisis is a new book from one of the world’s leading scholars. Gabriel Kolko provides a panoramic overview of the problems facing the US and the world today. Each chapter covers a key topic, spanning a range of international issues including the current financial crisis, the limits of US foreign policy, the politicisation of intelligence, and why a war with Iran would be likely to culminate in disaster for the US. Kolko also outlines why changes in military technology make all wars, no matter who fights them, increasingly futile. At the heart of the book is the idea that the international system is in the grip of a great transition. Kolko shows how America is losing its dominance, and examines the profound changes we are experiencing as it is forced to accept the limits of its military power.