This Week in History (9/14 edition)

This Week in History (9/14 edition)

Department News

UVA Today published a piece about Claudrena Harold and Louis Nelson's new book, Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequality. You can read the piece online here, and you can find out more information on the book here

Prof. John Mason participated in an interview for the Washington Post along with Vogue's Creative Director, Andre Leon Tally, discussing how it took the magazine 125 years to feature a cover photo shot by an African American photographer. 

Prof. Waitman Beorn contributed this op-ed to the Washington Post about the toppling of "Silent Sam" at UNC. 

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Department News

Opening for Digital Humanities Graduate Research Assistant

Opening for Digital Humanities Graduate Research Assistant

The Digital Humanities program seeks a Curriculum Research Assistant. This is a paid position beginning in mid to late August. The expected time committment is 25 hours a week in August and 10-20 hours a week during the school year. The position is open to graduate students and pays $15 an hour. To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to

Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

The Digital Humanities program seeks a Curriculum Research Assistant. This is a paid position beginning in mid to late August.

Balogh Discusses Iran Deal on Here and Now

Balogh Discusses Iran Deal on Here and Now

President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal is raising questions about what comes next.

Prof. Brian Balogh and his BackStory co-host Ed Ayers were recently interviewed about this subject on NPR's Here and Now. They say say the past may shed some light on the answer: Americans have long broken international promises, including their agreement to live peacefully as a British colony in the 1700s and, two centuries later, to join the League of Nations.

You can listen to the interview here.

President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal is raising questions about what comes next.

Bishara Wins J. Willard Hurst Prize

Bishara Wins J. Willard Hurst Prize

Congratulations to Prof. Fahad Bishara, who has won the J. Willard Hurst Prize for best book in socio-legal history by the Law and Society Association for his book, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)!

You can read more about the award here.

Congratulations to Prof. Fahad Bishara, who has won the J.


Remembering the Civil War

Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation

Philanthropy in America

A History

La Philanthropie en Amérique

Freedom Has a Face

Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson's Virginia

The Inscriptions of Dodona and a New History of Molossia


The History of a Founding Ideal from the American Revolution to the Twenty-First Century

Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy in America: Volumes One and Two

The Papers of James Madison, Presidential Series, Volume 7

The War of 1812

Conflict for a Continent

The Problem of Slavery as History

A Global Approach

The 9/11 Commission Report

The Attack from Planning to Aftermath

The Human Rights Revolution

An International History

In Uncertain Times

American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11

The Union War

Changing Homelands

Hindu Politics and the Partition of India

A Nation of Outsiders

How the White Middle Class Fell in Love with Rebellion in Postwar America

Карл Маркс: Бремя разума

A Government Out of Sight

The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America

Wars within a War

Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War

Coming of Age in Utopia

The Odyssey of an Idea

The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South, 1918–1942

African-American History

American Africans in Ghana

Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era

American Studies

An Anthology

By Sword and Plow

France and the Conquest of Algeria

Peaceful Kings

Peace, Power and the Early Medieval Political Imagination

Habeas Corpus

From England to Empire

Metics and the Athenian phialai-Inscriptions

A Study in Athenian Epigraphy and Law

The Most Musical Nation

Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire

Transformative Journeys

Travel and Culture in Song China

Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont in America

Their Friendship and Their Travels

The Cambridge History of the Cold War (3 Volumes)

For the Soul of Mankind

The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War (Chinese translation)

Petersburg to Appomattox

The End of the War in Virginia


Inventor of the Electrical Age

Becoming Confederates

Paths to a New National Loyalty

Black Leaders on Leadership

Conversations with Julian Bond

Taming the Unknown

A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century

The Chile Reader

History, Culture, Politics

La Frontera

Forests and Ecological Conflict in Chile’s Frontier Territory

Tosaka Jun

A Critical Reader

Bad Water

Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan, 1870–1950

The Punitive Turn

New Approaches to Race and Incarceration

Environmental Sustainability in Transatlantic Perspective

The King's Bishops

The Politics of Patronage in England and Normandy, 1066-1216


Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War

Lens of War

Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War

Burying the Dead But Not The Past

Ladies' Memorial Associations & the Lost Cause

Culture, Vernacular Politics, and the Peasants

India, 1889-1950: An Edited Translation

The Associational State

American Governance in the Twentieth Century

Discovering Tuberculosis

A Global History, 1900 to the Present

Enlightenment Underground

Radical Germany, 1680-1720

Cold Harbor to the Crater The End of the Overland Campaign

Ruling Minds

Psychology in the British Empire

Causes Won and Lost

The End of the Civil War

The American War

A History of the Civil War Era

Shaper Nations

Strategies for a Changing World

Anthropocene or Capitalocene?

Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism

Charlottesville 2017

The Legacy of Race and Inequity

The Age of Eisenhower

America and the World in the 1950s

All In

The Spread of Gambling in Twentieth-Century United States

La nación sentida

Rooted Cosmopolitans

Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean

Singing the Resurrection

Body, Community, and Belief in Reformation Europe

A Sea of Debt

Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950


October 1, 2018

Nau Hall 342 | 5:30PM-7:00PM

October 9, 2018

Alumni Hall & Abbott Center Auditorium | 4:00PM

Corcoran Department of History

The University of Virginia's Corcoran Department of History has long been one of the anchors for liberal and humane education in the College of Arts & Sciences. Members of the Department are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarship and teaching. As scholars, the faculty specialize in a wide range of disciplines — cultural, diplomatic, economic, environmental history, history of science & technology, intellectual, legal, military, political, public history, and social history.  Areas of interest span the globe from Africa, to East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States. As teachers, our faculty seek above all to lead students to reflect more deeply on the role historical forces and processes play in the human condition. Offering over 100 courses a year, the faculty teach introductory surveys as well as seminars and colloquia to undergraduates and graduate students. The Department's intellectual breadth is enhanced by its close relationship with the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American & African Studies, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), the Classics Department, an emerging Law & History nexus between the Department and the School of Law,  the Miller Center for Study of the American Presidency, and the Committee on the History of Environment, Science, and Technology (CHEST). Members of the Department are also closely involved with several interdisciplinary programs in the College of Arts & Sciences such as, American Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle-Eastern Studies, Medieval Studies Program, and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.  Others work at the convergence of humanities and digital technology, both in research and in novel approaches to historical pedagogy.