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Gabriel Kolko, 1932-2014

GABRIEL KOLKO


1932-2014


Gabriel Kolko is widely acknowledged as the pre-eminent historian of war in modern times. He was, together with his wife, Joyce,  a longtime friend of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, and a frequent contributor to The Spokesman journal.  We salute his life's work.


Jeffrey St. Clair,  editor of CounterPunch, writes:


We received word this morning that our friend and long-time CounterPunch writer Gabriel Kolko died yesterday at his home in Amsterdam. Kolko, author of The Triumph of Conservatism, Anatomy of a War, and A Century of War, was one of the pre-eminent historians of our time. Kolko was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1932. He attended Kent State University and received his doctorate in history from Harvard. Along with Saul Landau, Kolko was one of the circle of historians trained at University of Wisconsin by the great William Appleman Williams. Kolko taught history for many years at York University in Toronto. He moved to Amsterdam soon after his retirement. Kolko’s books on the progressive era, the Cold War, Vietnam and the war on terror stand as some of the most trenchant and revealing documents of our time. For the past few years, Gabe had been working feverishly on an assessment of Vietnam in the decades after the war. Kolko had a profound influence on my thinking and it was a privilege to publish his writing over the last 15 years. A fuller assessment of Kolko’s life and work is forthcoming.

Jeffrey St. Clair can be reached at: sitka@comcast.net.


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