Donald Trump is not the first candidate of his kind. While nobody had quite his celebrity or combover, Trump is part of a populist strain in American politics that is centuries old. This strain of American politics goes back to the Lyndon Johnsons, Wendell Wilkies, and Huey Longs of the 20th century. It stretches back to the William Jennings Bryans or even the Andrew Jacksons of the 19th century. In fact, most historians and political aficionados – whatever they think of the Donald – think candidates like him are as old as the United States itself.
In this course you will learn about other Donald Trumps in American history, such as
This course is divided into eight video lectures. It explains the reasons for Trump's campaign success, then finds other politicians in American history who fit that mold. By looking at their political fates we will be able to better guess the future of the Donald Trump campaign.
Michael Rank is a PhD in Middle East history. He studied at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and holds an MA in Ottoman History from Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey. His research project is on Christian-Muslim intellectual and religious history in late Ottoman Istanbul. Michael has taught courses in Hungary, Turkey, and the United States on Middle East History, International Affairs, Intercultural Studies, and American History. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a journalist in Istanbul where he reported on religion and human rights in the Middle East.
Michael is the author of 12 books, including "From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of MIddle East History,"; "The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross"; and "The Most Powerful Women in the MIddle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers, From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor."
He lives in Istanbul with his wife and two daughters.