Cumom, if you're interested, and aren't averse to true dissident books and viewpoints, I have several other authors and sources I could recommend for your course.
secondary sources, i try to be careful to get methodologically/theoretically sound social science; but for primary sources, i can use anything i want.
if you have any primary source reactions to the u.s. from anywhere around the world (especially since the Spanish-American war) that would be most appreciated.
I'm opening the class with Ahmadijinadad (sp?) open letter to George bush from a few months ago, but would love to have other Iranian responses or thoughts about the U.s.
i'll start a new thread about this.
Most of my readings, now that I look more closely, have been from domestic authors. Other than the two books I've suggested, I can't think of anything specifically written by non-North-Americans.
However, if you have room to squeeze in a domestic critical secondary source or two on the subject matter, I have a couple of books to recommend.
First, a fantastic book on the 1960s covering, specifically and pointedly, the very international nature of the spirit of '68, entitled 1968: Marching in the Streets
, by Tariq Ali and Susan Watkins. It's sort of a chronological series of vignettes, month-by-month, walking you through 1968. For example, on p. 52 we learn about what's going on in Poland in March of 1968 and see a photograph of Polish student protesters. On p. 114, we are treated to a two-page vignette on what was going on in Belgrade. Much of it, of course, is in reference to the U.S.-Vietnam war.
I cannot stress how powerful of a book it is for impressing that international aspect of the era. Plus, it's gorgeous, easy on the eyes and filled with great photographs -- a bit of a break from the drier fare, and yet very informative and measured in tone. (You mentioned reading The Nation
so you may recognize Tariq Ali's name from there.)
The second book I highly recommend, if you do happen to have a slot for a clear oppositionist secondary source that contains some articles by non-North-Americans, is a collection of essays entitled Pox Americana: Exposing the American Empire
, edited by a pair of highly-respected American dissident professors.
The editors (and authors of several essays inside) are John Bellamy Foster, a respected professor of sociology right here at the U of Oregon (LB has taken several sociology classes and is considering choosing it as her major, but she has not taken a class with him), and the more well-known Robert W. McChesney, a communication professor from U of Illinois who is an outspoken and eminent media critic.
It is extremely
well done and is light enough to be able to squeezed in in a week's or a week-and-a-half's reading (or shorter, depending on how much of it you use). As I said above, a lot of the essays are by non-North-Americans, and so could be used for your purposes. However, caveat: this is
a book from an explicitly socialist small press, albeit a highly respected one -- Monthly Review Press, and I'm not sure how you'll feel about it. In case that doesn't bother you and you're interested, here's a sampling of the contained essays:
Kipling, the "White Man's Burden," and U.S. Imperialism
by John Bellamy Foster, Harry Magdoff and Robert W. McChesney
, an interview of Noam Chomsky by David Barsamian
The Grid of History: Cowboys and Indians
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
U.S. Weakness and the Struggle for Hegemony
by Immanuel Wallerstein
Other authors include Michael Klare, Peter Gowan, Joseph Halevi, Vanis Varoufakis, William K. Tabb, Samir Amin, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Bill Fletcher Jr., Sam Gindin, Barbara Epstein, Eleanor Stein and Bernardine Dohrn (gotta love our Weathermen-Underground-alumna-cum-law-professor).
Anyway, I've more than tipped my hand here. I'm one of those dirty dissidents. And a heathen one at that. But I tipped THAT hand long ago...
Let me know if you end up using 'em -- I'd love to hear how it turned out.
Aw, hell. I was going to be cool and put up images of the books, but I can't figure out the damned image function. Oh well.