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 2019

The “First” Woman to Cast a Vote – Woman Crush Wednesday!

By |2019-10-02T14:30:30-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Myths|

One woman was a scholar, who cast her vote 30 seconds after the polls opened in 1893, in the town of Fielding in New Zealand. One woman was described by her local newspaper as "a [...]

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September 2019

J. Logsdon, John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

By |2019-09-24T15:26:57-04:00September 24th, 2019|Bookshelf|

This book uses primary source material and interviews with key participants to provide a comprehensive account of how the actions taken by JFK's administration have shaped the course of the US space program over the [...]

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Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

By |2019-09-16T15:06:50-04:00September 16th, 2019|Bookshelf|

One of the most talked-about climate change books of recent years, for reasons easy to understand: it tells the controversial story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections [...]

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James Rodger Fleming, Historical Perspectives on Climate Change

By |2019-09-11T12:57:18-04:00September 11th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Provides a thorough examination of the historical roots of global climate change as a field of inquiry, from the Enlightenment to the late twentieth century. Based on primary and archival sources, the book is filled [...]

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The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War

By |2019-09-04T22:16:00-04:00September 3rd, 2019|Bookshelf|

The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War - Halik Kochanski Rescuing the stories of those who died and those who vanished, those who fought and those who escaped, Kochanski deftly [...]

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August 2019

Albert Einstein: “A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing.” Quote or No Quote?

By |2019-08-28T14:15:48-04:00August 27th, 2019|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

Ah yes, Albert Einstein. Perhaps number 3 or number 4 on the all time mis-quoted list. No, he didn’t say that thing about the disappearance of bees, and the disappearance of bee pollination being [...]

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