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 2020

Churchill, Boris Johnson, and Brexit

By |2020-09-15T11:31:36-04:00September 15th, 2020|Myths|

Professor Bill Schwartz explains the relationship between Churchill worship, Brexit, and Boris Johnson’s rise to the office of Prime Minister. This crucial episode also explains how “wartime nostalgia continues to work in conjunction with the [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – Steven Fielding, Bill Schwarz, and Richard Toye, The Churchill Myths

By |2020-09-15T11:24:02-04:00September 15th, 2020|Bookshelf|

This is not a book about Winston Churchill. It is not principally about his politics, nor his rhetorical imagination, nor even about the man himself. Instead, it addresses the varied afterlives of the man and [...]

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Militias and the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution

By |2020-09-12T11:20:32-04:00September 12th, 2020|Myths|

Debates about the 2nd Amendment (“right to bear arms”) to the US Constitution never seem to address the 18th century meanings and importance of “militias” (included in the amendment’s first clause). Professor Noah Shusterman explains [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – Noah Shusterman, Armed Citizens: The Road from Ancient Rome to the Second Amendment

By |2020-09-12T10:43:52-04:00September 12th, 2020|Bookshelf|

Although much has changed in the United States since the eighteenth century, our framework for gun laws still largely relies on the Second Amendment and the patterns that emerged in the colonial era. America has [...]

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Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

By |2020-09-08T10:13:09-04:00September 8th, 2020|Myths|

Professor Martha Jones offers a new history of African American women's political lives in America. She recounts how they defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and how they wielded political power [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – Martha S. Jones, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for Al

By |2020-09-16T19:27:44-04:00September 8th, 2020|Bookshelf|

The epic history of African American women's pursuit of political power -- and how it transformed America. In the standard story, the suffrage crusade began in Seneca Falls in 1848 and ended with the ratification [...]

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Buzzkill Bookshelf – Caitlin Rosenthal, Accounting for Slavery

By |2020-09-02T19:54:42-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Bookshelf|

The story of modern management generally looks to the factories of England and New England for its genesis. But after scouring through old accounting books, Caitlin Rosenthal discovered that Southern planter-capitalists practiced an early form [...]

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August 2020

Buzzkill Bookshelf – Richard Toye, Winston Churchill: a Life in News

By |2020-08-25T11:16:52-04:00August 25th, 2020|Bookshelf|

Before Winston Churchill made history, he made news. To a great extent, the news made him too. If it was his own efforts that made him a hero, it was the media that made him [...]

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