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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part VII: Democracy

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy Why did you expect anything else? I intended to end this series by talking about the inherent instability of democracies (like … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part VI: By Definition

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy In his 2004 The Anatomy of Fascism, historian Robert Paxton succinctly defines fascism in a way that emphasizes what fascists do … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part V: Violence

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy In his 2004 The Anatomy of Fascism, historian Robert Paxton points out that, since the end of World War II violent, … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part IV: Conservative Complicity

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy In his 2004 The Anatomy of Fascism, historian Robert Paxton discusses how post-war German conservatives have “made much of their opposition … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part III: Liberal Delusions

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy In his 2004 The Anatomy of Fascism, historian Robert Paxton discusses the hubris of the conservative and Marxist responses to the … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part II: Dilettante

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy A major problem for intentionalists [a historical interpretation that emphasized the importance of the leader’s will in fascists acquiring and exercising … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part I: Foundations

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy I experienced several startling moments while reading historian Robert Paxton‘s 2004 The Anatomy of Fascism during these early days of Trump’s presidency. … Continue reading

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Video: Drexel’s Vietnam War

I gave a lecture based on my recent chapter on the history of Drexel University during the Vietnam War.  Enjoy.

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New Publications: Building Drexel

I wrote one chapter and co-authored another in a new history of my own Drexel University.  Temple University Press published Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891-2016 in November.  My chapter is “Drexel’s Vietnam War,” which is about how … Continue reading

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The Centralia Mine Fire: Failed Government in the Age of Deindustrialization

Centralia is a condemned mining town in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania.  There, you can see steam rising from the ground, sink holes, and abandoned buildings.  The coal beneath the town has been burning since at least 1962, and since … Continue reading

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