American History Too

American History Too
Hosted by Mark McLay and Malcolm Craig
American History Too! began as an (unofficial) effort to provide additional teaching for students on the University of Edinburgh’s American History survey course, with diverse topics such as HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, the Scopes Trial, and Irish-Americans during the Civil War.
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Episode 48 – Back to the Future: A New Cold War?

On Episode 48, our resident Cold War expert, Malcolm, is in the hotseat to discuss whether we are in the midst of a new Cold War (drawing upon his recent contribution to this BBC article – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43546340).

Before we tackle the present day, we cover the old Cold War – what was it? when did it peak? who won? And what amount of credit does Ronald Reagan deserve for ending the long conflict? 

We then turn our attention to the present day to consider the rise of Russia in the modern world and the role of Vladimir Putin. 

Finally, Malcolm supplies his top three film and television recommendations for those wanting to understand the Cold War and its implications.  

Thanks again for listening and we’ll be back with a new guest next month.

Cheers,
Mark and Malcolm




Episode 47 – Terminated: Native Americans and the Federal Government, 1860-2018

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March 30, 2018 • Picking up from last month's episode on Native Americans and slavery, this month's episode with Reeta Humalajoki (University of Turku) explores the relationship between the...

| March 30, 2018

Episode 46 – A More Benevolent Slaveholder? Native Americans and the Peculiar Institution

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February 28, 2018 • On Episode 46, we're joined by the University of Hull's Edd Mair, who discusses his research on Native Americans as slaveholders during the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly...

| February 28, 2018

Episode 45 – 1968: 50 Years On

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January 31, 2018 • On Episode 45, we are joined by UCL's Nick Witham (@ndwitham) to examine the turbulent events of 1968 in the United States. 50 years on, what are the legacies of the 365 days of...

| January 31, 2018

Episode 44 – Excluded and Interned: The Asian-American Experience from the Yellow Peril to ‘Model Minority’

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December 19, 2017 • On Episode 44 of American History Too! we're joined by TWO very special guests - the University of Exeter's Rachel Pistol (@PistolRachel) and the University of Edinburgh's Tim...

| December 19, 2017

Episode 43 – South of the Border: US-Latin America Relations from Monroe to Mann

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November 30, 2017 • On Episode 43 of American History Too! we delve into the United States' topsy-turvy relationship with its southern neighbours. The US has had a fascinating and complex...

| November 30, 2017

Nivelle Offensives Pt. 4

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November 30, 2017 • The first days of attack had failed, and now Nivelle would have to answer for his promises of swift victory....

| November 30, 2017

Episode 42 – The Pioneers: Black Candidates Before Obama

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October 25, 2017 • On this month's episode we're joined by Lancaster University's politics lecturer Richard Johnson (@richardmarcj) to discuss five pioneering black politicians who ran for election...

| October 25, 2017

Episode 41 – Anti-Slavery Dynamite: Black Abolitionists in Britain

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September 28, 2017 • (Our guest this month, Hannah Rose Murray, @Hannah_RoseM , frederickdouglassinbritain.com) One spring evening in 1838, formerly enslaved African American Moses Roper spoke to a...

| September 28, 2017

Episode 40 – Age of Charisma: America’s Magnetic Losers, 1870-1940

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August 28, 2017 • For Episode 40 of American History Too! we've fired up the Translatlantic cables to chat to Dixie State University's Jeremy Young (@jeremycyoung) about his work on the 'Age of...

| August 28, 2017

Episode 39 – Long, Hot Summer: Race Riots in 1960s America

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July 20, 2017 • 50 years on from the 'long, hot summer' of 1967 we look back at the race riots that became a common feature of the 1960s landscape in the United States. Should we call them riots?...

| July 20, 2017

Episode 38 – Suspicious Minds: The Paranoid Cinema of the 1970s

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June 27, 2017 • On this month's episode we're joined by Fraser McCallum to discuss the paranoid cinema of the 1970s that emerged in the midst of assassinations, Watergate, and an array of...

| June 27, 2017

Episode 38 – Suspicious Minds: The Paranoid Cinema of the 1970s

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June 27, 2017 • On this month's episode we're joined by Fraser McCallum to discuss the paranoid cinema of the 1970s that emerged in the midst of assassinations, Watergate, and an array of...

| June 27, 2017

Episode 37 – Private Eye: Allan Pinkerton and the Pinkerton National Detective Agency

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May 28, 2017 • On Episode 37 of American History Too! we look at a man and an organisation who encapsulated much of what 19th century America was about: immigration, westward expansion, big...

| May 28, 2017

Episode 36 – With Malice Towards None: The Fascinating Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

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April 28, 2017 • The 16th President of the United States, unlike so many of his fellow nineteenth century White House occupants, has not been lost to History. Indeed, his name lives on as the...

| April 28, 2017

Episode 35 – In God We Trust? Religion and the American Civil War

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March 25, 2017 • On Episode 35 of American History Too! we're joined by the University of Hull's Rachel Williams to discuss the role that religion played in the American Civil War.   Rachel...

| March 25, 2017

Episode 34 – Insult or Celebration? Debating Black History Month

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February 24, 2017 • On Episode 34 of American History Too! we're joined by the University of Birmingham's James West (@ejwestuk) to discuss the history of Black History Month and the debates that...

| February 24, 2017

Episode 34 – Insult or Celebration? Debating Black History Month

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February 24, 2017 • On Episode 34 of American History Too! we're joined by the University of Birmingham's James West (@ejwestuk) to discuss the history of Black History Month and the debates that...

| February 24, 2017

Episode 33 – Taken to Church: The CIA and the Year of Intelligence

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January 20, 2017 • On Episode 33 we turn our attentions back to the CIA and pick up where we left off in Episode 31. Joined by the University of Reading’s Dafydd Townley, we whizz through the...

| January 20, 2017

Episode 32 – Overpaid and Oversexed: The US ‘Occupation’ of Wartime Britain, 1942-1945

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December 17, 2016 • In 1942, GIs who were being deployed to Britain were presented with a clear set of official instructions which warned them what they could expect to find when they reached wartime...

| December 17, 2016

Episode 31 – Gang of Weirdos: The Roots of CIA Covert Operations

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November 26, 2016 • World War II is over, the Cold War is just beginning, and the United States is set on winning hearts and minds - and foreign elections - by any means necessary. On episode 31...

| November 26, 2016

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