The warring monarchies of early modern Europe are not my specialty, compared to my European-historian peers, so I read Pierre Goubert’s Louis XIV and Twenty Million Frenchmen (1966; English version 1970) at a mild disadvantage. Still, I found that I rarely needed to peruse Wikipedia for extra context, as Goubert writes with a non-specialist audience […]Read more "The History of History 13: Where’d All These Frenchmen Come From?"
It was cold but clear out — good weather for a march in January. My girlfriend had made some signs invoking radical political figures past: Shirley Chisholm, the Industrial Workers of the World (perhaps Elizabeth Gurley Flynn is instructive here). We had planned to park in her old neighborhood in south Boulder, in order to […]Read more "Being History: Reflections on the Women’s March in Denver"
The organic matter residing within the umpteen dimensions of space and time that constitute the grave of our Second President, John Adams, is emitting laughter. Instead of a dystopian hellscape after the election, we are living in a political outcome that has taken “President Adams ‘great fear’” of factionalism to farcical levels. The 2016 presidential […]Read more "President Adams is Laughing."
These past few days have been really difficult for a lot of people, including myself. It’s taken me a lot of time and energy to get through my initial emotional reaction of shock and horror to a place where I can think rationally about what I’m feeling and where to go from here. There’s a […]Read more "Where do we go from here? Reflections on a divided America"
In the wake of Election Day I, like many or even most Americans, have struggled to make sense of the country, of others, of myself. I have struggled to understand what has happened and why, and what may or may not happen in the future. Perhaps what I have struggled with most is the absolutely […]Read more "Election Day, 2016: A Clinical Social Work Perspective"
Sixteen months into the 2016 Presidential Election, it is clear that both major political parties have become highly divided. In the Republican Party, Donald Trump, a clear outsider in American electoral politics, defeated sixteen opponents during the primary process, many of whom were better connected and better funded by GOP insiders than the eventual nominee […]Read more "2016 Election Exposes New Path Forward for Democratic Party"
Herman Wouk is a thoughtful raconteur and, at one hundred years old (101 as of May 27, 2016), a keen witness to twentieth-century history. Wouk seems like a man out of time, as he has mastered the computer and talks to his son weekly via Skype, but he also is a man very much shaped […]Read more "Sailing Beyond the Sunset: Herman Wouk’s “Sailor and Fiddler” Reviewed"