Yearly Archives: 2015


Plundering Latin America Yesterday and Today 2

In his classic Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, originally published in Spanish in 1971, Eduardo Galeano begins with an image of “those remote times when Renaissance Europeans ventured across the ocean and buried their teeth in the throat of the Indian civilizations.” Some fifty pages into his […]


Reflections on Harvey Mansfield’s “Science and the Humanities in America’s Universities,” a Lecture at the University of Montana, President’s Lecture Series, 1 May 2015

Prior to sending invitations for the President’s Lecture Series, I do background checks on prospective speakers. As the coordinator of the series, I want to know about the quality of a speaker’s ideas and capacity to address a town-gown audience. The most interesting discovery that turned up about Harvey Mansfield during my background check of […]


The Trans-Pacific Partnership in Historical Perspective

The following article by Richard Drake first appeared on June 28, 2015 on the History News Network. It is republished here with permission. The original article is located at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/159784 The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement looms as yet another tactic designed to implement a corporate capitalist strategy for managing the world’s wealth. Though nineteenth-century economists […]


History News Network review of The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert M. LaFollette and U.S. Expansion

The following review of The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert M. LaFollette and U.S. Expansion first appeared on the History News Network and is republished here with permission. The review was written by Ron Briley of Sandia Preparatory School, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The original is located at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/159458 With the imminent formal entrance of Wisconsin Governor Scott […]


Allies against empire: Robert La Follette and Albert Jay Nock opposed war from left and right.

The following article first appeared in The American Conservative (May/June 2015). “Allies against empire: Robert La Follette and Albert Jay nock opposed war from left and right..” The Free Library. 2015 The American Conservative LLC 30 Apr. 2015 http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Allies+against+empire%3a+Robert+La+Follette+and+Albert+Jay+nock+opposed…-a0411015087 The progressive statesman Robert La Follette and the libertarian writer Albert Jay Nock epitomized the polar extremes […]


Mideast ills trace back in part to 1920 treaty

The following op-ed first appeared in The a Great Falls Tribune on March 18, 2015. In his “Messages to the World,” Osama bin Laden identified the Treaty of Sèvres of 1920 as the starting point for Islam’s vendetta against the West. Little remembered in the West, Sèvres is one of the five treaties that concluded […]


Recent review in Catholic Historical Review

The following is my review of Chiesa cattolica e minoranze in Italia nella prima metà del novecento: Il caso Veneto a confronto, ed. By Raffaella Perin. The review appeared in the Catholic Historical Review, winter 2015, vol. 101, no. 1, pp. 171-172. With antisemitism in Italy on the rise, any new research about this intractable problem […]


The Return of Avishai Margalit

Almost one year after a blizzard forced the cancellation of his scheduled talks at the University of Montana, Avishai Margalit returned to Missoula on 19 February 2015. One of the world’s foremost living philosophers and particularly prized as a brilliant commentator on contemporary moral issues facing Western societies, he gave a lecture the next day […]


From HNN: This Is When Muslims in the Middle East Turned to Extremism 5

The following article by Richard Drake appeared on the History News Network on March 1, 2015. Source: http://www.historynewsnetwork.org/article/158616 In his Messages to the World, Osama bin Laden identified the Treaty of Sèvres as the starting point of Islam’s vendetta against the West. Sèvres is one of the five treaties that concluded the First World War. […]

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Political Science Quarterly Review of The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion

The following is the complete text of a review by Edward Rhodes of George Mason University of The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion. It appeared in the Political Science Quarterly, Winter 2014-2015. “History,” Winston Churchill is reported to have observed, “is written by the vic- tors.” The losers, if they are […]