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.

February 2019

Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America

By | February 26th, 2019|Bookshelf|

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

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Encore Episode: Green Book – Travelling While Black

By | February 26th, 2019|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 faced by African-American motorists in the 20th Century [...]

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Genius Belabored: Childbed Fever and the Tragic Life of Ignaz Simmelweis

By | February 25th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Genius Belabored: Childbed Fever and the Tragic Life of Ignaz Simmelweis - Theodore G. Obenchain Identifies Semmelweis’s rightful place in the pantheon of scientists and physicians whose discoveries have saved the lives of millions. Obenchain’s [...]

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“Nazi” “Socialist”: What’s in a Name?

By | February 20th, 2019|Myths|

Why was Hitler’s fascist party named the “National-Socialist German Workers' Party”? “Socialist” and “Fascist” usually have totally different, indeed opposite, meanings. How did they get combined and what did the “National Socialist” label mean in [...]

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