Dr. Ricardo Duchesne

Dr. Ricardo DuchesneDr. Duchesne is a professor in the department of social science at the University of New Brunswick Saint John.  He completed a BA in History at McGill University and Concordia University, Montreal. 

In 1987 he obtained an MA at Concordia, where he wrote his thesis on the origins of the French Revolution under the supervision of George Rudé, one of the founders of "history from below". 

In 1994 he was awarded a doctorate in the renowned multidisciplinary program of Social & Political Thought at York University.  His main fields of concentration were modern European history, political economy, and the philosophy of Hegel. 

He studied with one of the foremost Hegelian scholars in the English language, H.S. Harris, and with Thomas T. Sekine, a Japanese economist considered to be one of the most important theorists on the field of Marx's theory of value.  His Dissertation, "All Contraries Confounded:  Historical Materialism and the Transition-to-Capitalism Debate", was awarded the "Doctoral Prize Award for Best Dissertation of the Year," Faculty of Arts, 1995.

In 1995, Dr. Duchesne was appointed assistant professor in the department of social science at the University of New Brunswick, where he has remained since.  Dr. Duchesne has published thirty-one articles and review essays.

His publications include one book, 45 refereed articles, one chapter, 13 encyclopedia entries, and 18 non-refereed articles.  His book, The Uniqueness of Western Civilization, a major work of 528 pages, was released in February 2011. Currently he is doing research on multiculturalism and the identity crisis of the West.  

Dr. Duchesne believes that the reading of great books, from cover-to-cover, is essential to a university education. The term 'lecture' was originally applied to the exercise of reading - and correcting - the language of handwritten texts.  The task of the student was to follow the reading, and make the necessary corrections in the manuscripts.  Since the texts were difficult, the teacher would concentrate on explaining and interpreting the manuscripts, line by line, word by word.  'Resources' such as handouts, power-points, and WebCT lectures promote the erroneous notion that knowledge comes ready-to-wear.  Knowledge is actually produced through continual reading, note-taking, dialogue, and rewriting.  Duchesne upholds the traditional spirit of broad learning for the BA degree with a multidisciplinary core curriculum taught by generalists with a strong grounding in the Western intellectual tradition.

Selected Publications

Reviews of The Uniqueness of Western Civilization

  1. Cliodynamics: the Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History
  2. National Association of Scholars
  3. Eric Jones, Policy: A Journal of Public Policy and Ideas, 2011
  4. The Independent Review
  5. "Going Against the Tide: Ricardo Duchesne's Intellectual Defense of the West". The Occidental Quarterly (vol. 11, no. 3, Fall 2011)
  6. VDARE.com
  7. FrontPage Mag
  8. Journal or World History
  9. Counter Currents
  10. Mark Elvin, Canadian Journal of Sociology
  11. Reply to Elvin
  12. Revista Venezolana de Información, tecnología y conocimiento
  13. HSozUKult
  14. Amazon.com
  15. Review in Romanian magazine
  16. International Journal of Comparative Sociology
  17. Canadian Journal of History, Vol. 47, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2012)
  18. Comparative Civilizations Review (Number 67, Fall 2012)
  19. Marshall Poe's New Books in History Review and Interview (May 2011)
  20. J. Randall Groves, "Rationalization, Dialectic and the West: An Appraisal of Ricardo Duchesne's Uniqueness of Western Civilization" In the Coming Clash of Civilizatin: China versus the West? Proceedings of the 42nd Conference of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations.  (Washington, D.C. June 2012): 165-177. 
  21. Dorchester Review
  22. The European Legacy
  23. Swedish Dissident
  24. Jacek Kwasniewski
  25. Verdidebatt.no
  26. Nationaldemokraten
  27. Asian Review of World Histories 1:2 (July 2013)


Interviews & Lectures

Interview with News AZ from Azerbaijan, 20 December 2013

Interview with the German Weekly newspaper JUNGE FREIHEIT

Interview in French for Le Harfang

Lecture at Princeton University, October 27, 2011



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