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Karl Rove discusses his book, The Triumph of William McKinley, at the British Studies Lectures Series

Karl Rove at British Studies Lectures Series

“We’re going through a populist moment, just like they were going through a populist moment back then. What’s interesting is in 1896 there is a healthy dose of cultural populism in the form of agrarianism. Things are changing so fast that the values you hold are disappearing, and we saw that in the 2016 campaign with Trump and the forgotten man, as well.” - Karl Rove


The University of Texas British Studies Department hosted Karl Rove at their weekly seminar series to discuss his 2016 book, The Triumph of William McKinley, which revisits the election of 1896 and its consequences. UT historian H.W. Brands described the book as “political history at its most engaging.”

The Liberal Arts Development Studio recorded the talk and ensuing conversation for its ongoing British Studies podcast series.

The British Studies Department at the University of Texas has held a weekly seminar in the Tom Lea Room at the Harry Ransom Center regularly since 1975. Professor Wm. Roger Louis has hosted the series since its inception in 1975.  “The discussion is civil, but sometimes grows a bit heated,” Louis says of the series, “What makes the debate engrossing is the clash of different perspectives—including those of lawyers, physicians, retired ambassadors, and others of the larger Austin community.

Karl Rove miced up by LA Dev Studio Audio Engineer Noah Keller

Rove was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush administration. He is credited with the 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial victories of Bush as well as the presidential wins in 2000 and 2004. Rove writes regularly about national politics for the Wall Street Journal and continues work as a campaign consultant.

The British Studies Lecture Series podcast series can be found at the British Studies Lectures Series website, and contains recordings of lectures since September, 2006.  The Liberal Arts Development Studio website contains more information about field recording and podcast production for the University of Texas community.