The History Department is proud to announce the publication of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s new book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books, 2016).  In this book, Dr. Kendi explores the long historical  construction of racism in American thought through the eyes of five major (and iconic) thinkers: Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Angela Davis.
The Washington Post featured a review of the book that referred to it as an “engrossing and relentless intellectual history of prejudice in America.”  Kirkus Reviews was also impressed.    “In this ambitious, magisterial book,” the essay argues, “Kendi reveals just how deep that scar cuts and why it endures, its barely subcutaneous pain still able to flare.”
You can find more about this book on the Nation Books page and you can read the Washington Post and Kirkus Reviews articles also.

Congrats to Dr. Michael Schuering on the publication of his new book entitled, “Bekennen gegen den Atomstaat“. Die evangelischen Kirchen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und die Konflikte um die Atomenergie (“Professing against the Atomic State”. The Protestant Churches in West Germany and the Conflicts Concerning Atomic Energy (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2015)
This book explores the intersection of religion and environmental movements during a critical period of West German history. In the early 1970s West Germany experienced increasing public concern over a perceived crisis of growth and mounting environmental problems. The debate especially focused on energy and the expansion of nuclear technology as planned by the German government and several corporations. Ongoing and vivid protest on a nation-wide level ensued, part of which was carried out through and within the protestant churches. The commitment of pastors and parishioners to the cause ignited passionate internal debates. As church members mobilized protest in order to increase public awareness, congregations and synods became public platforms for the debate on nuclear technology.
The study is a historical evaluation of the churches’ changing political positions as they were confronted with the rise of the new social movements in West Germany. During this period of transition, demands for more progressive theological concepts and pastoral care arose. The book aims to assess the political and ideological challenges the churches faced especially in connection with environmental protests, which eventually altered their societal self-understanding. In the course of these conflicts, the protestant churches moved away from rigid, traditional authoritarianism towards a more open and liberal role within the Federal Republic of Germany.

The History Department is proud to promote Dr. Jeffrey Needell’s new edited collection entitled Emergent Brazil: Key Perspectives on a New Global Power, published this year by the University Press of Florida.  The contributors to this volume take an interdisciplinary look at Brazil’s rise to economic prominence and the dynamic changes that have occurred as a result of that development.  The essays explore not only Brazil’s internal change, but also the ways in which other nations have responded to its dramatic appearance on the international scene.  As one reviewer remarked, “All serious students of contemporary Brazil should read this book.”  Congratulations to Dr. Needell for producing such an important and timely volume.

The History Department is very proud to announce the publication of Dr. William Link’s new book entitled Southern Crucible: The Making of an American Region. Dr. Link is the Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History and Southern Crucible draws upon his extensive experience researching, writing, and teaching the history of the U.S. South.  Oxford University Press plans to release the book in both a combined version as well as one split into two, making it appealing for both the classroom and the reading public.
Dr. Link has written a blog post entitled “How the South Was Made” that introduces the book and you can visit the Oxford University Press website for more information on Southern Crucible.

The History Department is always proud to offer a diverse range of courses for both our seasoned majors and newcomers–all are welcome and there are no prerequisites for these upper division offerings. You can navigate through the slideshow below to see some of our offerings and click on the thumbnail to view the larger flyer.

The History Department is proud to announce the publication of Dr. J. Matthew Gallman’s book, Defining Duty in the Civil War: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front with the University of North Carolina Press. Dr. Gallman interrogates the meaning of citizenship and duty during this pivotal time in American history through an analysis of newspapers, fiction, and popular images.  One reviewer proclaimed that Defining Duty “offers a compelling examination of how struggling northerners defined, debated and delineated loyal behavior during the four years of the American Civil War.”   In addition to the publication of this important book, Dr. Gallman also contributed a blog entry on the fascinating origins of the word “shoddy”  for UNC Press’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The History Department is proud to announce the impending publication of Dr. J. Matthew Gallman’s new book, Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War, which he co-edited with Gary Gallagher and will appear in April 2015 with the University of Georgia Press. The book presents both iconic and unfamiliar photographs from the American Civil War, along with commentary from a variety of scholars.  For more, see the book’s press page at:
Kirkus has already offered praise in advance of publication.  See the full review at:

Congrats to Dr. Luise  White, who is publishing her new book,  Unpopular Sovereignty: Rhodesian Independence and African Decolonization, with the University of Chicago Press.  White challenges the traditional narrative that describes the way that African states transitioned from colony to state in the 20th century.  “The result is one of the most decisive challenges to linear versions of decolonization: of Rhodesia-into-Zimbabwe, to be sure, but also, more broadly, of colonies into nation-states,” one reviewer wrote.  For more on this important work, visit the book’s press webpage at:

The History Department is pleased to announce the first of  the 2014-15 George E. Pozzetta Lectures.  Dr. Michelle Campos, Associate Professor of History, will present on “Urban History in the Digital Age: Mapping Intercommunal Relations and Social Networks in Late Ottoman Jerusalem,” on Thursday, 31 October 2014 at 4 p.m. in the History Department’s Conference Room, 005 Keene-Flint Hall.
Far more than any other Middle Eastern city, Jerusalem has spawned a voluminous body of modern scholarship. However, there remain significant gaps in our understanding of the city’s morphology, physical expansion, and human landscape. In particular, we have a very incomplete historical understanding of inter-communal (religious, national, ethnic) relations in the city—not only how various groups inhabited and used the city, but also how daily life played into the emergence of practical and symbolic struggles over the city and its eventual division. These questions are important for better understanding Ottoman imperial urbanism, on the one hand, and the growing national conflict between Arabs and Jews, on the other.
Dr. Campos’ presentation, part of a much broader book project, is based on a close study of original Ottoman census records to map Jerusalem’s human landscape and sectarian distribution. In addition to providing valuable demographic information (at a time when quantitative social history is considered passé?), the census also enables us to examine urban social networks, geographic/diasporic networks, and issues of hierarchy and marginality. This presentation also wrestles with some of the complexities and limitations involved with using GIS and other digital history tools, which at the same time open up fascinating possibilities for juxtaposing quantitative and qualitative sources for an integrated urban history.