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

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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Shadows of Revolution: Reflections on France, Past and Present

By | July 9th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Shadows of Revolution: Reflections on France, Past and Present - David A. Bell Within a space of a dozen years, from Bastille to Bonaparte, France experimented with and experienced every form of governance, creating in [...]

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