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.

October 2018

Yashka: My Life as a Peasant, Exile and Soldier; A Biography and History of Russia in WW1, and the Bolshevik Revolution

By | October 24th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Yashka is the autobiography of Maria Botchkareva, a young Russian woman who bravely took up arms first against the Germans in World War One, and then opposed the Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution of 1917.

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Joe McGinniss, The Selling of the President: The Classic Account of the Packaging of a Candidate

By | October 2nd, 2018|Bookshelf|

The Selling of the President: The Classic Account of the Packaging of a Candidate The Selling of the President is the enduring story of the 1968 campaign that wrote the script for modern Presidential politicking—and [...]

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September 2018

Gandhi: “An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind” – Quote or No Quote?

By | September 25th, 2018|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

Did Gandhi say “and eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”? If he didn’t, where did it come from? The Bible? The Canadian House of Commons? Movie script writers? And is there [...]

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Cotten Seiler, Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America

By | September 19th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America How did automobile use become so vital to the identity of Americans? Republic of Drivers looks back at the period between 1895 and 1961, from [...]

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Traveling While Black: Guides to African American Motoring

By | September 19th, 2018|Myths|

20th century automobile travel was supposed to represent freedom, but what else did it represent? Professor Cotten Siler joins us to discuss the difficulties and hazards of traveling in the United States faced by [...]

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