John T.R. Terry, Ph.D.'14, wins the Dr. Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship for Teaching

Faculty: John Terry

Kasey Sease, History '14, Wins First Place Prize at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Turek (Ph.D. '15) wins fellowship from the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

Faculty: Lauren Turek

Prof. Alan Taylor wins the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in History

Faculty: Alan Taylor

Congratulations to our Ph.D. candidates who have recently defended their dissertations

Fall 2014

HIUS 4501 (5)

Seminar in United States History

"America and Scotland in an Age of War and Revolution"

Jim Ambuske

This course will allow students to explore the transatlantic relationship between peoples living in Scotland and in British America (and later with Americans in the newly independent United States) between 1754 and 1815. Historians have long struggled how best to characterize the direct connections between these two peoples as well as the ways in which they related to each other within the framework of British Empire and in the aftermath of the American Revolution. Commerce, emigration, military service, religion, imperial politics, and the Enlightenment all bound Scots and Americans together in one way or another over this period. Those same ties, however, created tension between Scotland and America in the second half of the eighteenth century and in the early decades of the nineteenth century. We will probe both aspects of this history during our time together.

We will spend the first five weeks of the term together discussing readings in common as well as research methods in anticipation of students crafting a 25-30 page final paper. We will then meet sporadically as a group to workshop research proposals and rough drafts. 

Students will develop a research topic and question in consultation with me that reflects their particular interests as they relate to the course. In addition to the major research paper, students will complete three other short writing assignments that will help them prepare for the task of tackling the longer essay. 


Fall 2014

HIST 7001

Approaches to Historical Thinking

Mark Thomas

This course will explore various perspectives on how historical knowledge is produced, conveyed and debated.  The focus will be on both the methods and the methodologies of historical inquiry.

Tosaka Jun: A Critical Reader

Robert Stolz

Assistant Professor
( Cornell University East Asia Program (University of Hawaii Press), June 30, 2014 )

New publications by Prof. Robert Stolz

Faculty: Robert Stolz

Bad Water: Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan, 1870–1950

Robert Stolz

Assistant Professor
( Duke University Press, 2014 )

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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