Introducing Urban History: How San Francisco Erased a Neighborhood

In college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I took a fascinating course in Urban History, taught by the incomparable Roger Lotchin, who is still teaching and publishing books well into his eighties.  Urban history generally incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach, including social history, architectural history, urban sociology, urban geography, business history, and … Continue reading Introducing Urban History: How San Francisco Erased a Neighborhood

Freedom of Speech, the Press, and Government Regulation of the Media, According to Crash Course, And My Own Experiences Teaching in an Authoritarian Country

I taught media law in the Middle East, specifically at a university in the United Arab Emirates, so it is especially interesting to me how Crash Course, which is targeted mostly to American high school and college students, teaches it differently. Our assumptions about our students were entirely different. Socratic Method I had to start … Continue reading Freedom of Speech, the Press, and Government Regulation of the Media, According to Crash Course, And My Own Experiences Teaching in an Authoritarian Country

Post WWII Recovery in Europe: Welfare State, Consumerism & the Common Market

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlp068CmQaE Crash Course European History: "At the end of World War II, the nations of Europe were a shambles. Today we'll learn about how the various countries and blocs approached the problem of rebuilding their infrastructure and helping their residents recover. You'll learn about the Marshall plan and the various treaties that led to the … Continue reading Post WWII Recovery in Europe: Welfare State, Consumerism & the Common Market

Gutenberg’s Invention of Printing Press in the 1400s Led to Information Revolution and Surveillance Capitalism of the 21st Century

Many observers have compared the Information Revolution now underway to that sparked by Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press in the 1400s. "The problem with living through a revolution is that it’s impossible to take the long view of what’s happening. Hindsight is the only exact science in this business, and in that long … Continue reading Gutenberg’s Invention of Printing Press in the 1400s Led to Information Revolution and Surveillance Capitalism of the 21st Century

What Was the Economic Impact of 1917-19’s Flu Pandemic?

Half a million Americans died in the great flu pandemic of 1917-19. While the tragic loss of 500,000 people did not lead to a Great Depression in 1918-19, it did lead to slowdowns in hard-hit areas. "Areas that were more severely affected by the 1918 Flu Pandemic saw a sharp and persistent decline in real … Continue reading What Was the Economic Impact of 1917-19’s Flu Pandemic?

Covid-19 Ushers in New Era, So Far Characterized By Bipartisan Cooperation

One way of looking at the speed with which Congress and President Trump overwhelmingly approved the $2 trillion stimulus package to address the corona-virus crisis is that the times demanded bipartisanship, and Congress proved itself up to the challenge. The Senate voted 96 to 0 and the House voted by voice acclamation to approve the … Continue reading Covid-19 Ushers in New Era, So Far Characterized By Bipartisan Cooperation

1920s, 1930s: Economic Depression and Dictators in Europe

Crash Course European History: "We're still leading up to World War II, but first we gotta talk about the rise of the dictators. Today we talk about the rise of militaristic dictatorships in Germany, the Soviet Union, Japan, and Spain, and the economic depression that set the stage for their rise." Transcript. Sources: Hunt, Lynn … Continue reading 1920s, 1930s: Economic Depression and Dictators in Europe

The Original Evil Corporation: When A Private British Company Ruled India

Waterstones: "However powerful Facebook or Google are today, they'd have to have a nuclear strike force to be as powerful as the East India Company was in the early 19th century.' William Dalrymple's fascinating new book, “The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company” was one of the best-reviewed histories of 2019. UK Guardian: "How … Continue reading The Original Evil Corporation: When A Private British Company Ruled India

Sad and Remarkable Tales of European Migration, 1840-1914, That Shaped America, Australia, Other Nations

"Between 1840 and 1914, an estimated 40 million people left Europe. This is one of the most significant migrations in human history. So, who was leaving Europe? And why?" -- Crash Course European History on Youtube.com. Transcript.

FDR Resolved Question of US Economy: Mixed, Neither Rigidly Capitalist Nor Fully Socialist

It is generally acknowledged, by historians, both liberals and conservatives, ranging from Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to Newt Gingrich, that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, through his various programs during three full terms and 12 years in power, was  more pragmatic than ideological. He did a great deal to strengthen the American free enterprise system, the republican … Continue reading FDR Resolved Question of US Economy: Mixed, Neither Rigidly Capitalist Nor Fully Socialist