Professor Buzzkill

About Professor Buzzkill

Professor Buzzkill sometimes goes by the alias Joseph Coohill, a historian of modern Britain and Ireland. In addition to his Oxford doctorate, Coohill has an MA in history from the University of Melbourne (where he was a big fan of Essendon Aussie Rules Football Club) and a BA from Humboldt State University in California (where he was the only non-stoner). He is the author of Ideas of the Liberal Party and Ireland: a Short History (4 editions), as well as many articles and internet pieces on history.

December 2018

November 2018

Andrew J. Huebner, Love and Death in the Great War (2018).

By | November 30th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Tracks ideas of redemptive war across public and private spaces, policy and implementation, home and front, popular culture and personal correspondence. In beautifully rendered prose, Andrew J. Huebner merges untold stories of ordinary men and [...]

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Paul Kendall, Armistice 1918: Voices From The Past (2017).

By | November 11th, 2018|Bookshelf|

The story of the efforts to bring the war to a conclusion, and those final days and hours of the First World War, are told in the words of the politicians, soldiers and newspaper columnists [...]

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Matthew D Hockenos, Then They Came for Me: Martin Niemöller, the Pastor Who Defied the Nazis (2018).

By | November 6th, 2018|Bookshelf|

A nuanced portrait of courage in the face of evil, Then They Came for Me puts the question to us today: What would I have done?

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Martin Niemöller, “First They Came…” – Quote or No Quote?

By | November 6th, 2018|Myths|

Usually, on these Quote or No Quote episodes, we analyze things attributed to famous people that they didn’t say at all. Sometimes there are famous quotes that have been mangled, changed, or so greatly [...]

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