Author Archives : Richard Drake


Robert Zaller’s Jeffer Studies Review of Charles Austin Beard

Charles A. Beard was an historian; Robinson Jeffers a poet. They never met or corresponded, and only once referred to each other in print. Yet their paths crossed fatefully in their opposition to World War II, and, although no one has hitherto sought to systematically compare them, their names remain coupled by this to the […]


The Plot Against America

The Exact Moment ‘Plot Against America’ Takes A Nose Dive

As a semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in New Jersey during the 1930s, Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America delivers a vivid account of how this major American writer perceived the formative influences in his life. From childhood, it seemed to him that Jews in America faced myriad threats. His prize-winning novel depicts for that time and […]


Charles Austin Beard and Robinson Jeffers: A Historian and a Poet Against the American Empire

I became interested in the work of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) while doing research for a book on the life of the American historian Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948). Jeffers and Beard both published books in 1948 that denounced the foreign policy of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for what they believed to be its warmongering character. Beard’s […]


Montana Senator Burton K. Wheeler

Book Review: Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana

Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana, Marc C. Johnson, University of Oklahoma Press, 486 pages The following book review first appeared in January/February print edition of The American Conservative under the title A Forgotten Rugged Patriot For ‘America First’ From his election in 1922 as United States senator from […]


Journal of American History review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism

Here is a link for information about The Journal of American History review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism. The full review cannot be posted at this time. The reviewer, Campbell Craig, notes, “Richard Drake has written a straightforward account of Beard’s rise and fall, based on an […]


H-Diplo Roundtable XXI-9 on Charles Austin Beard

In October 2019, Richard Drake’s book Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism was the subject of a roundtable review published by H-Diplo. Many thanks to Roundtable Editors Thomas Maddux and Diane Labrosse, and participants Lloyd Gardner, Emeritus, Rutgers University, Jerald A. Combs, San Francisco State University, Emeritus, Justus D. Doenecke, New College of Florida, […]


The Crisis of University Research 2

Academia’s Pursuit Of Corporate And Government Dollars Has Undermined Its Commitment To Learning


Bill Kauffman’s American Conservative review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism

The following review of Richard Drake’s Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism by Bill Kauffman first appeared in the American Conservative May/June 2019.   Home Plate by BILL KAUFFMAN The American Conservative May/June 2019 Beard Was No Trimmer Those of us old enough to have employed and even believed the […]


Andrew J. Bacevich’s review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism

The following review Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism by Andrew J. Bacevich first appeared March 21, 2019 on the website of The American Conservative. It is republished here by permision. Charles Beard: Punished for Seeking Peace by Andrew J. Bacevich Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of […]


Paul Buhle’s Review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism in the Progressive

Paul Buhle wrote an excellent review article which appeared on the Progressive Magazine’s website on February 20, 2019. The piece titled “Charles Beard: Bob La Follette’s Friend” is republished here with permission. Charles Beard: Bob La Follette’s Friend A new book corrects the record on the anti-imperialist historian—a close ally of “The Progressive’s” founder—whose work was […]

Charles Beard, an anti-imperialist, stood in stark comparison with his hawkish liberal contemporaries.

Review of Moro: L’inchiesta senza finale by Fabio Lavagno and Vladimiro Satta

Fabio Lavagno and Vladimiro Satta, Moro: L’inchiesta senza finale. Rome: Edup, 2018. 295 pp. €22.00. Reviewed by Richard Drake, University of Montana For Italians living in the 1960s and 1970s, Aldo Moro epitomized the country’s Christian Democratic political establishment. He had served in the country’s highest political offices, including stints as premier and foreign minister. […]


Taking a look back before moving forward at UM

As the University of Montana considers its future, some tested ideas about higher education may shed light on the darkened and unmarked path stretching before us. The most tested such idea of all is the humanistic tradition. The modern university took its bearings from the Italian humanists of the 14th and 15th centuries. They promised […]


Course Syllabus: The Economic Interpretation of History and Understanding American Politics Today

This is the syllabus for an upcoming course being taught at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI) January 15 through February 19, 2019 titled “The Economic Interpretation of History and Understanding American Politics Today”. Course Syllabus With the publication in 1913 of An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, Charles Austin […]

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