Opinion: Some Israeli perspectives on the tragedy of the Middle East

The sickening events lately occurring in the Middle East have shocked and outraged the conscience of the world. The experts who have tried to pacify the Middle East, whatever their real intentions, obviously have failed to achieve anything but the preservation of a status quo guaranteed to produce one crisis and war after another. None […]


The Revolutionary Mystique and Terrorism in Contemporary Italy by Richard Drake

Video: Second Edition of The Revolutionary Mystique and Terrorism in Contemporary Italy

In March 2021, Indiana University Press published a second edition of Richard’s 1989 book The Revolutionary Mystique and Terrorism in Contemporary Italy. Shortly after, still isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic, Richard spoke in a Zoom conference about the new edition. You can read more about this book and purchase a copy on Amazon.


Humanities lay foundation for education 1

Mark Van Doren, one of America’s greatest teachers, published “Liberal Education” in 1943. An esteemed poet and literature scholar at Columbia University, he presented the book as an outline of the requirements for a genuine university education. His ideas might be worth considering at the University of Montana as we chart our course through the […]


The Uses of History in the Anti-War Writing of Robinson Jeffers and Ezra Pound

“The Uses of History in the Anti-War Writing of Robinson Jeffers and Ezra Pound” appeared in Jeffers Studies, volume 20, 2017/2018. The article was published in January 2021. Although both writers condemned American foreign policy during World War II, they did so for radically different reasons. Pound’s reading of American history led him to a […]


David Lloyd George, Vittorio Orlando, Georges Clemenceau and Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference

A comment on the origins and influence of Lenin’s Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism

Richard Drake holds the Lucile Speer Research Chair in Politics and History at the University of Montana. His recent publications include The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) and Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism (Cornell University Press, 2018). The second edition […]


“Imperialism in American Foreign Policy” An Interview with David Rosenberg of KPFA News in San Francisco 1

On 16 December, Richard gave an interview to David Rosenberg of KPFA News in San Francisco, on “Imperialism in American Foreign Policy.” He commented on the historical origins of American imperialism, citing the work of historians William Appleman Williams and Charles Austin Beard as the two major historians of our course of empire. He also […]


Fascism Past and Present: Richard Drake interviewed on The PAMU Podcast

On Tuesday, 1 December, Richard participated in a podcast hosted by the Philosophy Anti-Marginalization Union. Other participants in the podcast were Julia Schiwal, a research analyst for the United States Institute of Peace at The George Washington University, and Jason Uexhell. The idea of the podcast is to interview historians, philosophers, and pop culture philosophy […]


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 […]


Chalmers Johnson’s writings on American empire

The following article was first published by Responsible Statecraft under the title “An Appreciation: Chalmers Johnson’s writings on American empire” on April 12, 2020. It has been nearly ten years since Chalmers Johnson died, and twice that long since the publication of “Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire.” That Johnson’s condemnation of American imperialism […]


Book Review: The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti by Meryle Secrest 1

Meryle Secrest The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World’s First Desktop Computer Alfred A. Knopf. 304 pp., $30 The following review first appeared on Washington Decoded, February 11, 2020 under the title “An Industrial Saga Marred by Conspiracy-Mongering.”   An award-winning author […]

Camillo Olivetti in the 1930s

Montana Senator Burton K. Wheeler

Book Review: Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana 1

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 […]