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Wednesday, April 07, 2004
  Wow, and we thought it was a new phenomenom

From Kevin Drum at The Washington Monthly comes this sweet little find: "Joseph Kalvoda, a history professor at St. Joseph College, apparently had a bit of trouble of his own figuring out whether Rice was male or female, but otherwise his criticism of Rice's methods in the American Historical Review still rings eerily true two decades later:
Rice's selection of sources raises questions, since he frequently does not sift facts from propaganda and valid information from disinformation or misinformation. He passes judgments and expresses opinions without adequate knowledge of facts. It does not add to his credibility when he uses a source written by Josef Hodic; Rice fails to notice that this 'former military scientist' (p. 99) was a communist agent who returned to Czechoslovakia several years ago.

....Rice's generalizations reflect his lack of knowledge about history and the nationality problem in Czechoslovakia. For example....Rice's discussion of the 'Czechoslovak Legion' that was 'born during the chaotic period preceding the fall of the Russian empire' (pp. 44-46) is ridiculous. (It was 'born' on September 28, 1914.) He is clearly ignorant of the history of the military unit as well as of the geography of the area on which it fought."
In a probably stupid attempt to avoid being an obvious plagerizer, I'm not going to past Kevin' conclusion (so keeping my standing as an un-obvious plagerizer). 
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