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.

August 2019

Muhammad Ali: “No Viet Cong Ever Called Me Nigger.” Quote or No Quote?

By | August 20th, 2019|Quote or No Quote|

Buzzkillers by the score have asked us here at the Institute for shows on the Vietnam War. The Ken Burns film on PBS, The Vietnam War, the 18-part, 10-hour interview-thon, is [...]

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Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel India’s Iron Man

By | August 18th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel India's Iron Man - Balraj Krishna A comprehensive and vivid narration of Patel’s unique contribution to Mahatma Gandhi's struggle for India's freedom. Often called the 'Iron Man of India', Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel [...]

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Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America

By | August 12th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America - Adam Winkler Gunfight is a timely work examining America’s four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. In this [...]

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July 2019

War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War

By | July 30th, 2019|Bookshelf|

War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War - John W. Dower Though Western allies were clearly headed for victory, pure racism fueled the continuation and intensification of hostilities in the Pacific theater [...]

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Quote or No Quote? Harry Truman “Socialism” is a Republican “Scare Word”

By | July 27th, 2019|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

Politics in the United States is rife with rhetorical excess these days, and Americans are being treated to falsehoods, wild exaggerations, and anachronisms galore. Just recently, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham accused four young Democratic Congresswomen [...]

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