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 […]


Follow up to Robert D. English lecture on the Crisis in the Ukraine

Following the lecture given by Robert D. English on 1 December 2014 in the University of Montana President’s Lecture Series, there have been some interesting developments in the local press. On December 9, this guest column appeared in the Missoulian Newspaper, to which I wrote the following response:   Immodest responses to modest proposals from: […]


The Crisis in Ukraine 1

Robert D. English gave a lecture on 1 December in the President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana: “Ukraine, Russia, and the West: Crisis, Causes, and Consequences.” He is the Director of the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California and the author, among other books, of Russia and the Idea […]


The President’s Lecture Series: A Reflection

In 1987, President James Koch asked me to coor- dinate what he hoped would become a year-long lecture series at UM. It would be called the President’s Lecture Series with funding from his office. I had instructions from him to invite for the 1987-1988 academic year eight or ten important speakers representing the humanities, arts, […]

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Book Review: Bill Emmott, Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future

Richard Drake, review of Bill Emmott, Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future (Yale University Press), The European Legacy, vol. 19, no. 7, December 2014, pp. 924-926; published online. Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future. By Bill Emmott (New Haven, CT: Yale University […]


Alan Wolfe on Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews 1

On Thursday, 11 September 2014, Alan Wolfe gave a seminar at the University of Montana on “Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews.” He is the director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. Since receiving his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967, he […]


Journal of American History Review of The Education of an Anti-imperialist: Robert La Folette and U.S. Expansion

This is a review that appeared in The Journal of American History, volume 101, number 2, September 2014, pp. 612-613. The full text of the review is posted here with the publisher’s permission.   When scholars are asked to rank the greatest U.S. senators, Robert M. La Follette regularly tops the list. His influence spans […]


The Barton-Howe “Report” and the Middle East, Past and Present

From the beginning of America’s direct strategic involvement in the Middle East, immediately following World War I, cogent advice abounded about how the region should be treated. Col. Edward M. House, the close friend and adviser to President Woodrow Wilson, warned that a peace based on the old game of Western imperialism, however artfully disguised […]


Charles Beard & The English Historians

At the time of his death in 1948, Charles Beard was the most famous historian in America. His books sold in the millions of copies. In his best-known work, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (1913), he argued that the material interests of the founding fathers explained their key decisions at […]


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

The following review of The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion appeared in the June 2014 issue of CHOICE: There are many biographical accounts available of Wisconsin’s progressive governor and senator, Robert M. La Follette, Sr., but this latest one offers a fresh perspective that often surprises with its insights. Drake […]