The History Place - Established July 4, 1996

About this Web Site

The History Place is a private, independent, Internet-only publication based in the Boston area that is not affiliated with any political group or organization. The Web site presents a fact-based, common sense approach in the presentation of the history of humanity, with great care given to accuracy.

The site was founded and is owned and published by Philip Gavin, who has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University and a Master of Science degree from Boston University. Except where noted, the articles and text appearing throughout The History Place Web site were written by Mr. Gavin.

The History Place (where noted) also includes materials from other writers. Some, such as those listed in Points of View, have PhDs in their fields of study, and in a few cases, are well known celebrities. Other writers, such as Michael Tougias, may not necessarily have an advanced degree, but have proven knowledge resulting from extensive research on a particular historical topic.

The History Place is advertiser supported, although Mr. Gavin has chosen to keep over fifty percent of the Web site commercial free. Mr. Gavin established The History Place on July 4, 1996, utilizing the wonderful technology of the newly emerging World Wide Web to communicate the history of humanity to a global audience.

The History Place contains many examples of man's inhumanity to man as well as notable examples of humans rising to the occasion to fight tyranny and preserve freedom, and overall, reaffirms, in the words of the American Declaration of Independence, that all human beings have "certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

Books authored by Philip Gavin:

World War II in Europe by Philip Gavin
World War II in Europe Lucent Books, 2004 - From military maneuvers to mass murder, history's most lethal conflict is thoroughly explained, including the actions of the instigator, Adolf Hitler.
The Fall of Vietnam by Philip Gavin
The Fall of Vietnam Lucent Books, 2003 - While most books about the Vietnam War focus on the American experience and conclude with South Vietnam's collapse in 1975, The Fall of Vietnam tells a more complete story. Postwar Vietnam is also fully examined, including the Communist takeover of power, Boat People exodus and invasion of Cambodia.

Books featuring Philip Gavin:

Doing Ethics: Moral Reasoning and Contemporary Issues by Lewis Vaughn, WW Norton, 2007 - (includes an article on ethnic cleansing in Boznia-Herzegovina by Philip Gavin). Book description: "Doing Ethics" emphasizes that ethics is an activity—something you do—rather than a body of knowledge that you memorize. Stressing critical thinking throughout the book, Lewis Vaughn motivates students to wrestle with moral quandaries from the start. His clear prose ensures that students understand major arguments and core concepts, and the extensive readings and exercises provide plenty of thought-provoking material for in-class discussions and student papers. Practical, clear and comprehensive, "Doing Ethics" will inspire students to see ethics not just as a distribution requirement, but as a lifelong project.
Under Fire by Catherine Leroy
Under Fire : Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam
compiled and edited by Catherine Leroy with a foreword by Sen. John McCain, Random House, 2005 - (includes a timeline of the Vietnam War by Philip Gavin). Book description: Features an extraordinary collection of essays by renowned writers such as David Halberstam, Larry Burrows, Neil Sheehan and others who witnessed or participated in the war and the work of 16 photographers, some of whom died in Vietnam.
Genocide anthology

Genocide (anthology) Greenhaven Press, 2001 - (includes an article on ethnic cleansing in Boznia-Herzegovina by Philip Gavin). Book description: Contributors to this anthology examine both historical genocide, including the Holocaust, and more recent instances of genocide, and discuss ways such tragedies could be prevented in the future.

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