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How Europeans look at the U.S, post midterms

With authoritarianism on the rise — and Russia attacking its neighbors to the East — Europeans rightly wonder if they can still count on the U.S. to remain their primary… Read more »

Was there any historic truth to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean films?

Dan Lefebrve has a popular podcast — Based on a True Story — in which he asks an expert how well a given Hollywood film matched up to historical reality…. Read more »

Speaking on implications of U.S. midterms in Brussels, Nov. 16

The U.S. midterm elections — with their consequences for the survival of democracy and continued American commitment to Ukraine — are being closely followed by our European allies. The German Marshall… Read more »

Speaking on the battle to define America’s purpose via Maine Public radio

The United States stands on the brink of a collapse into authoritarianism and dissolution. If we’re to fight back, what are we fighting for? What holds us together? That’s a… Read more »

In Maine, Republican election deniers are at the top of the ticket

There are few forces more insidious to the survival of a democratic republic than top level political figures making fact-free claims that elections are illegitimate because they didn’t like what… Read more »

Speaking on Maine’s historical odyssey; South Portland, Maine, Sept. 28

On September 28 at 6:30pm, I’ll be in South Portland talking about the backstory of Maine on the occasion of its Bicentennial: a harrowing and little understood saga of war… Read more »

A U.S. breakup would be a disaster, but if it happens expect an independent New England

Back when American Nations came out in 2011, a lot of august experts dismissed the warning in the epilogue that if we were unable to form better compromises between the… Read more »

Should we replace the U.S. National Anthem?

Over the July 4th weekend the Washington Post published my review of musicologist Mark Clague’s new book, O Say Can You Hear?: A Cultural Biography of The Star Spangled Banner, a book… Read more »

Reviewing David Hackett Fisher’s Albion’s Seed sequel in Washington Monthly

More than thirty years ago, Brandeis historian David Hackett Fischer resuscitated the effort to develop a historical narrative of the United States with a book called Albion’s Seed, a sweeping… Read more »

Experts right, Sen. Collins wrong about Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Roe

Back in 2018, when Justice Kennedy’s retirement opened up the second of what would be three Supreme Court seats for Donald Trump to fill, Sen. Susan Collins announced she would… Read more »