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Gabriel Kolko (born August 17, 1932) is an American historian and author.

Kolko was born in Paterson, New Jersey, attended Kent State University (B.A. 1954) and the University of Wisconsin (M.S. 1955), married Joyce Manning in 1955, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1962. Following graduation he taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at SUNY-Buffalo. He joined the York University History Department in 1970 and is now an emeritus professor of history there.

Kolko's research interests include American political history, the Progressive Era, and foreign policy in the twentieth century.

Kolko was considered a leading historian of the early New Left, joining William Appleman Williams and James Weinstein in advancing the corporate liberalism idea whereby the old Progressive historiography of the "interests" versus the "people" was reinterpreted as a collaboration of interests aiming towards stabilizing competition [Novick, 439]. According to Grob and Billias, "Kolko believed that large-scale units turned to government regulation precisely because of their inefficiency" and that the "Progressive movement - far from being antibusiness - was actually a movement that defined the general welfare in terms of the well-being of business" [Grob and Billias, 38]. Kolko, in particular, broke new ground with his critical history of the Progressive Era. He discovered that free enterprise and competition were vibrant and expanding during the first two decades of the twentieth century; meanwhile, corporations reacted to the free market by turning to government to protect their inherent inefficiency from the discipline of market conditions. This behavior is known as corporatism, but Kolko dubbed it "political capitalism." Kolko's thesis "that businessmen favored government regulation because they feared competition and desired to forge a government-business coalition" is one that is echoed by many observers today [Grob and Billias, 39]. Former Harvard professor Paul H. Weaver uncovered the same inefficient and bureaucratic behavior from corporations during his stint at Ford Motor Corporation (see Weaver's The Suicidal Corporation [1988] ).

Gabriel Kolko is also an important contributor to the historiography of the Vietnam War. In The Roots of American Foreign Policy (1969), Kolko contended that the American failure to 'win' the war demonstrated the inapplicability of the US policy of containment. Later, in The Anatomy of a War (1985), Kolko became, along with writers such as George Kahin, a leading writer of the postrevisionist, or synthesis, school, which suggested, among other things, that the revisionist school was wrong in speculating that the United States could have won the war.

Kolko's wife Joyce has been a collaborator in his writings, e.g. on The Politics of War and The Limits of Power.

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Total Books: 39
World in Crisis the End of the American Century
2009 - World in Crisis the End of the American Century (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780745328652
ISBN-10: 0745328652
Genres: History, Nonfiction, Law
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The Age of War The United States Confronts the World
2007 - The Age of War the United States Confronts the World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788130904184
ISBN-10: 8130904187
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After Socialism Reconstructing Critical Social Thought
2006 - After Socialism Reconstructing Critical Social Thought (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780415395915
ISBN-10: 0415395917
Genre: Nonfiction
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El Siglo De Las Guerras/Century of Wars Politica Conflictos Y Sociedad Desde 1914/Politics Conflicts and Society from 1914
2005 - El Siglo De Las Guerras/century of Wars Politica Conflictos Y Sociedad Desde 1914/politics Conflicts and Society From 1914 [Paidos Ha Contemporanea - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788449317149
ISBN-10: 8449317142
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Otro Siglo De Guerras
2003 - Otro Siglo De Guerras [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788449314407
ISBN-10: 8449314402
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Another Century of War
2002 - Another Century of War (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781565847583
ISBN-10: 156584758X
Genres: History, Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Vietnam Anatomy of a Peace
1997 - Vietnam Anatomy of a Peace (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780415159890
ISBN-10: 041515989X
Genres: History, Nonfiction, Substores
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Century of War Politics Conflicts and Society Since 1914
1995 - Century of War Politics Conflicts and Society Since 1914 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781565841925
ISBN-10: 1565841921
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Century of War Politics Conflict and Society Since 1914
1994 - Century of War Politics Conflict and Society Since 1914 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781565841918
ISBN-10: 1565841913
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Anatomy of a War Vietnam the United States and the Modern Historical Experience
THE POLITICS OF WAR  THE WORLD
1990 - The Politics of War the World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780679727576
ISBN-10: 0679727574
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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1987 - Vietnam (Paperback)
Anatomy of a War
1986 - Anatomy of a War (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394747613
ISBN-10: 0394747615
Genre: History
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Wealth and Power in America An Analysis of Social Class and Income Distribution
Triumph of Conservatism
1977 - Triumph of Conservatism (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780029166505
ISBN-10: 0029166500
Genres: Business & Money, History, Nonfiction
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Railroads and Regulation 1877-1916
1970 - Railroads and Regulation 1877-1916 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393005318
ISBN-10: 0393005313
Genre: History
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The roots of American foreign policy An analysis of power and purpose
1969 - The Roots of American Foreign Policy an Analysis of Power and Purpose (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780807002636
ISBN-10: 0807002631
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Florida Holt People Places and Change An Introduction to World Studies
Main currents in modern American history
Main Currents in Modern American History (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780060124519
ISBN-10: 0060124512
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The Politics of War
The Politics of War (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780394440835
ISBN-10: 0394440838
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Anatomy of a War  Vietnam the United States and the Modern Historical Experience