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.

December 2020

George Washington and the Development of the Cabinet

By |2020-12-01T09:37:48-05:00December 1st, 2020|Myths|

How and why did George Washington create the cabinet structure that he used in his Presidency? How did it help create new political norms and traditions in the early United States? What was its long-standing [...]

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Gustav Stresmann – Man Crush Monday!

By |2020-12-01T09:29:54-05:00December 1st, 2020|Myths|

Professor Philip Nash explains his man-crush on Gustav Stresemann, the important German politician during the Weimar period. What do Stresemann's career and his hopes for Germany tell us about the strengths that can be found [...]

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November 2020

Rallies for “More History” at the Gettysburg Battlefield

By |2020-11-24T20:14:25-05:00November 24th, 2020|Myths|

Professor Scott Hancock from Gettysburg College joins us to explain the development of efforts to contextualize and historicize the Confederate Monuments at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The summer of 2020 saw a great deal [...]

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Forward and in High Heels: from Ginger Rogers to Ann Richards to Kamala Harris

By |2020-11-19T13:09:47-05:00November 19th, 2020|Myths|

It’s certainly been an exciting November here at the Buzzkill Institute and, more importantly, of course, here in the United States. Buzzkill employees have been working around the clock, trying to keep up with the [...]

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Georgian Texel Uprising and Hitler’s Revenge, April-May 1945

By |2020-11-15T15:00:03-05:00November 15th, 2020|Myths|

In the final days of World War II in Europe, Georgians serving in the Wehrmacht on Texel island off the Dutch coast rose up and slaughtered their German masters. Hitler ordered the island to be [...]

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Eric Lee, Night of the Bayonets: The Texel Uprising and Hitler’s Revenge, April–May 1945

By |2020-11-15T17:53:48-05:00November 15th, 2020|Bookshelf|

Eric Lee explores this fascinating but little known last battle of the Second World War: its origins, the incredible details of the battle and its ongoing legacy. In the final days of World War II [...]

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The Press and Women Politicians from Victoria Woodhull to Kamala Harris

By |2020-11-15T11:14:25-05:00November 14th, 2020|Myths|

Professor Teri Finneman explains how the press has portrayed women politicians running for high office in the United State. From Victoria Woodhull in the 1870s to Kamala Harris in 2020, she enlightens us about how [...]

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Teri Finneman, Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s–2000s: From “Lunatic” Woodhull to “Polarizing”

By |2020-11-14T18:06:06-05:00November 14th, 2020|Bookshelf|

Recent history suggests the United States is within reach of its first woman president. This book examines the media experiences of women political pioneers who helped pave the way to the breaking of the glass [...]

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Election Polling Errors in US History

By |2020-11-11T10:02:10-05:00November 11th, 2020|Myths|

The pollsters correctly predicted a Biden win in the 2020 Presidential election. But there was no Blue Wave, and Senate seats didn't flip, as many pollsters predicted. Polling prediction errors are common in American history. [...]

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W. Joseph Campbell, Lost in a Gallup: Polling Failure in U.S. Presidential Elections

By |2020-11-11T09:56:18-05:00November 11th, 2020|Bookshelf|

A sweeping look at the messy and contentious past of US presidential pre-election polls and why they aren’t as reliable as we think. Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election brought sweeping [...]

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