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  •  Citation for this? At least the peer review part. (2+ / 0-)
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    WTF!?!?!?! When did I move to the Republic of Gilead?!

    by IARXPHD on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 04:39:49 PM PST

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    •  i will look for it (8+ / 0-)

      the chronicle and a few other places had links to it when the piece on his technocratic and "uninteresting" dissertation came out a few weeks back. apparently Gingrich spun some nonsense better suited for his bad historical fiction and would opine at length about American exceptionalism--and leaving out any challenging historiography.

      he was also very popular with students because he was entertaining and wasn't too hard, but he produced no articles or work of scholarly quality. thus, his getting the boot.

    •  although he has written (or co-written) (6+ / 0-)

      a number of books..which haven't been very well reviewed...he doesn't provide any peer reviewed journal articles.

      My social security, medicare and military retirement are EARNED benefits. The checks Paris Hilton and the Waltons receive while sitting around the pool are entitlements. Don't let the Republicans confuse you.

      by regis on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 04:52:54 PM PST

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    •  Here's an unpretty takedown of his thesis (16+ / 0-)

      from the Times.  The topic was the Congo, and, from that article is this interesting tidbit:

      Part of the wonkery is the absence of any human detail. What did a colonial-era Congolese school look like? What was in the textbooks? How did the teachers treat their students? The reader never learns because Mr. Gingrich never went there — although he did go to Belgium. Perhaps he couldn’t afford a trip to Africa. He cites interviews with one American and seven Belgians — but not a single Congolese, though there were hundreds living in Europe and the United States he could have talked to...-[snip]...Absent Congolese voices and lives, the dissertation is as dry as a stale biscuit.


      Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

      by SottoVoce on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 04:55:44 PM PST

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      •  Good find: Hocshchild (3+ / 0-)
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        wrote King Leopold's Ghost, the indictment of Leopold of Belgian's colonialization of the Congo. Though we read Conrad's Heart of Darkness text as imbued with racial prejudice today (after Achebe's dismantling of it), contemporaries of Conrad may have seen him as one of those who made possible the equivalent of indicting Leopold of crimes against humanity. For Gingrich not to address this further back past of Belgian rule seems, as Hocshchild, suggests, not worthy of gaining him presidency of the American Historical Association.

      •  And yet. . . (2+ / 0-)
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        they award him a PhD anyway.  It may be interesting to know how the defense of this dissertation went, or if it really existed.

        "The bass player is always right"

        by BigOkie on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 02:09:17 AM PST

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        •  Oh, I'm sure the defense went forward. (2+ / 0-)
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          There are no shortage of mediocre theses.

          Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

          by SottoVoce on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 05:22:24 AM PST

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