• More Modern History Notes

    by Cliopatria

    Nicholas Dames,"Why Bother?" n+1, Spring, reviews Terry Castle's The Professor and Other Writings, Louis Menand's The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University, and Martha Nussbaum's Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities.

    Jed Perl,"A Room of One's Own," TNR, 13 April, re

  • Soup, Salad, and a Transistor Radio

    by Cliopatria

    Buy three books with one click at Amazon:
    This item: The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism by Joyce Appleby Hardcover $19.77

    How to Fail as a Therapist: 50+ Ways to Lose or Damage Your Patients (Practical Therapist) by Bernard Schwartz Paperback $16.47

    What's the Problem by Paula S. Rothenberg Paperback $28.95
    Which reminded me of my favorite em

  • The Nixon Library's Watergate Exhibit

    by Cliopatria

    In the L.A. Times last week, Jon Weiner reviewed the Nixon Library’s new Watergate exhibit. Weiner hailed the library not only for telling the story in a comprehensive fashion, but for doing so “with authority and rich detail, mobilizing up-to-the-minute interactive technology that might even engage middle school students brought here on tours.”

    The praise is well-deserved: the

  • Weak Endnotes

    by Cliopatria

    Robert Skidelsky,"Imperialism Reclaimed," Project Syndicate, 23 March, reviews Niall Ferguson's Civilization: The West and the Rest.

    Chris Mullin reviews Francis Beckett's The Prime Ministers Who Never Were: a Collection of Counterfactuals for the New Statesman, 31 March.

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  • Week of April 4, 2011

    by Cliopatria

    Andrew Bacevich

    Libya is an outlier. It won’t be and can’t be a bellwether. Apart from enabling policymakers in Washington, London, and Paris to reclaim a sense of self-importance, Western intervention in Libya will have little effect on the drama now unfolding in the Middle East. Pundits can talk of the United States shaping history. The truth is that history is shaping itself, while we are le

  • The University of Wisconsin Under Attack!

    by Cliopatria

    ...in the newly hyperpartisan climate
    The twelve months from June 1934 to June 1935, according to the American Civil Liberties Union,"recorded a greater variety and number of serious violations of civil liberties than any year since the war." Forty-four states considered sedition and teachers' oath legislation. Charles R. Walgreen, the head of the drugstore chain, withdrew his niece from the University of Chicago where, he said, she was exposed to Communistic propaganda and fre

  • Doug Ireland, Review of Michael Schiavi's "Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo" (Wisconsin, 2011

    by Cliopatria

    When Vito Russo died on November 1, 1990, after a long and torturously painful battle against AIDS, the author of the best-selling “The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies” was one of America’s best-known gay activists and certainly its most famous radical queer. Yet he was only 41 years old when he left us.

    Months before, Vito was afforded an all-too-brief respite from the hospital where he spent most of his final year just in time for New York City’s 20th Gay Prid

  • Wide Berth on the Sidewalk

    by Cliopatria

    My annual Christmas survey of my army of cousins showed this year that all of them -- every single one, without exception -- have now made it through college without taking a single history class between them. It's so boring, what's the point? How are you gonna use that in a job? Our last brief conversation ended in a long silence when someone asked what I had been up to, and I told them. (Someone finally managed to say,"Why would you do that?" Then we moved on.)


  • Thorazine, Stat

    by Cliopatria

    Anthony Grafton, writing this week at the New Yorker:

    "Conservative pundits and operators do their best to silence any professor who ventures into the public realm with the kind of unwelcome facts that scholarly and scientific expertise can produce."

    Well good lord, yes. This is why poor Eric Foner

  • Hurray, Hurray, no Mushroom Clouds!

    by Cliopatria

    Wilson J. Moses, Ferrer Professor of American History at Pennsylvania State University, needs no introduction at Cliopatria. He was an early member of our group and has been among its contributing editors for years. After study at Wayne State University and earning a doctorate at Brown, Professor Moses has had a long career, at Maryland, Iowa, S.M.U., Cambridge, Brown, the Free University of Berlin, Vienna, Boston, and Pe

  • Good Outcome

    by Cliopatria

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison has calmly and judiciously responded to the request from the state's Republican Party for some of William Cronon's email messages. Read that complete letter here.

    Note the breadth of the material exempted under law: communications with students, communications with prospective students, communications with scholars related to research and scholarly inquiry,"e-mails containing purely personal communicati

  • Lucy van Pelt Has a Football...

    by Cliopatria

    War is the one thing on earth that's always brand new every single time, just as if no one had ever done it before. Here's Kevin Drum, blogging about Obama's kinetic military humanitarian not-war at Mother Jones:

    "As usual, Obama's reasons for intervening seem sober, grounded, and judicious. It's a limited operation. It was in response to an imminent massacre in Benghazi. It had the support of the Arab Leag

  • Remembering Jim Crow

    by Cliopatria

    Almost 50 years after the end of Jim Crow, communities throughout the United States still grapple with its legacy. This website, a companion to the NPR radio documentary on segregated life in the South, presents 30 audio excerpts of oral histories and 90 additional stories with members of these communities.

    These materials, covering legal, social, and cultural aspects of segregation, black community life, and black resistance to the Jim Crow way of life, allow visitors to experienc