Category Archives: Political Culture

When Will the French Dam Against the Far Right Crack?

I am happy to report that my opinion essay on the recent French presidential election has been published by History News Network. Here is the opening of the essay: “On Sunday [24 April 2022], President Emmanuel Macron won re-election in … Continue reading

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Religion in American Right-Wing Politics

“She said she wanted to be a part of ‘staking claim’ to what God was doing. ‘This is a Jesus movement,’ Ms. Jackson said. ‘I believe God removed Donald for a time, so the church would wake up and have … Continue reading

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French Presidential Elections 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already had an enormous impact on European politics and society. Poland and other Eastern European nations are rightly nervous and have bolstered their defenses, supported by NATO. Germany has radically increased its defense spending … Continue reading

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The Ukrainian Crisis and the History of War

The current Ukrainian Crisis is being analyzed by security studies and international relations analysts primarily through the lens of recent Russian History and Eastern European Studies (using area studies approaches). War and Society Studies may offer some different perspectives on … Continue reading

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Supervisory Historian Position at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institute is currently hiring a Supervisory Historian at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The National Portrait Gallery provides a brief history: “The National Portrait Gallery was authorized and founded by Congress in 1962 with the mission … Continue reading

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Remembering Florence in the Forgotten Centuries

Florence is almost always associated with the Renaissance, but until relatively recently the focus of Florentine history was on the quattrocento (1400s) and Republican Florence. Eric Cochrane’s groundbreaking work, Florence in the Forgotten Centuries: A History of Florence and the … Continue reading

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On Insurrection and Overturning Elections

Former President Trump has now explicitly stated that he aimed on overturning the 2020 election.Trump delivered a speech at a rally in Conroe, Texas, on Saturday, 29 January 2022. “Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and … Continue reading

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Commemorating Montaigne’s Essais

French literary scholars are commemorating the 450th anniversary of the beginning of the writing of Montaigne’s Essais. Michel de Montaigne began writing his innovative essays in southwestern France in 1572, the year of the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. France Mémoire … Continue reading

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History and Security Studies

The Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) is organizing its annual New Faces conference, an academic conference that focuses on early career scholars in security studies. The TISS website indicates that “The Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) is a … Continue reading

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Spanish Identity in the Land of Don Quixote

Novelist Ana Iris Simón has created a political debate over Spanish identity with her recent novel, Feria, which is set in Campo de Criptana in rural La Mancha. The New York Times reports that the novel is “based on her … Continue reading

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