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.

September 2019

James Rodger Fleming, Historical Perspectives on Climate Change

By | September 11th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Provides a thorough examination of the historical roots of global climate change as a field of inquiry, from the Enlightenment to the late twentieth century. Based on primary and archival sources, the book is filled [...]

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The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War

By | September 3rd, 2019|Bookshelf|

The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War - Halik Kochanski Rescuing the stories of those who died and those who vanished, those who fought and those who escaped, Kochanski deftly [...]

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August 2019

Albert Einstein: “A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing.” Quote or No Quote?

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

Ah yes, Albert Einstein. Perhaps number 3 or number 4 on the all time mis-quoted list. No, he didn’t say that thing about the disappearance of bees, and the disappearance of bee pollination being [...]

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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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Balraj Krishna, Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel: India’s Iron Man

By | August 18th, 2019|Bookshelf|

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 helped to build modern India as a unified state. [...]

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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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