Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Read about and view Dean Risa Goluboff’s testimony at Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Congratulations to UVA History PhD Clayton Butler on his newly published book, True Blue: White Unionists in the Deep South during the Civil War and Reconstruction!

Book Description:

“During the American Civil War, thousands of citizens in the Deep South remained loyal to the United States. Though often overlooked, they possessed broad symbolic importance and occupied an outsized place in the strategic thinking and public discourse of both the Union and the Confederacy. In True Blue, Clayton J. Butler investigates the lives of white Unionists in three Confederate states, revealing who they were, why and how they took their Unionist stand, and what happened to them as a result. He focuses on three Union regiments recruited from among the white residents of the Deep South—individuals who passed the highest bar of Unionism by enlisting in the United States Army to fight with the First Louisiana Cavalry, First Alabama Cavalry, and Thirteenth Tennessee Union Cavalry.”

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Congratulations to UVA History PhD Brian Neumann on his newly published book, Bloody Flag of Anarchy: Unionism in South Carolina during the Nullification Crisis!

Book Description:

“Generations of scholars have debated why the Union collapsed and descended into civil war in the spring of 1861. Turning this question on its head, Brian C. Neumann’s Bloody Flag of Anarchy asks how the fragile Union held together for so long. This fascinating study grapples with this dilemma by reexamining the nullification crisis, one of the greatest political debates of the antebellum era, when the country came perilously close to armed conflict in the winter of 1832–33 after South Carolina declared two tariffs null and void. Enraged by rising taxes and the specter of emancipation, 25,000 South Carolinians volunteered to defend the state against the perceived tyranny of the federal government. Although these radical Nullifiers claimed to speak for all Carolinians, the impasse left the Palmetto State bitterly divided. Forty percent of the state’s voters opposed nullification, and roughly 9,000 men volunteered to fight against their fellow South Carolinians to hold the Union together.”

Monday, March 28, 2022

Professor James Loeffler has recently published three articles about the history and memory of the concept of genocide:

“The First Genocide: Antisemitism and Universalism in Raphael Lemkin’s Thought,” Jewish Quarterly Review 112:1 (Winter 2022), 139-63; (see previous shared post for more detail)

“The Problems of Lemkin [Heb.],” Hazman Hazeh (Feb. 2022),;  

“The One and the Many: On Comparing the Holocaust,” Sources (Spring 2022),

Monday, March 28, 2022

UVaToday featured Professor Karen Parshall in its “Faculty Spotlight” series as she discussed her new book, and the unique combination of her fields in history and mathematics. 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Professor Alan Taylor appeared on The Washington Times' "History As It Happens" podcast to discuss the role of this country's founding generation — and its compromises over slavery as written in the U.S. Constitution  — in determining the United States' anguished history of race and racism


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Holsinger Portrait Project co-director, Professor John Edwin Mason, discusses pop-up exhibit in Northside Library in this UVa Today article. Check it out!


Thursday, March 17, 2022

PhD Candidate Crystal Luo recently wrote a column for The Washington Post's "Made by History." Lou tells the history behind one of the loudest pro-police voices in the convo on anti-Asian violence, Carl Chan and the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. 

The article can be found here:


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Professor Chris Gratien recently published a new book, The Unsettled Plain: An Environmental History of the Late Ottoman Frontier (Stanford University Press).


The Unsettled Plain studies agrarian life in the Ottoman Empire to understand the making of the modern world. Over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the environmental transformation of the Ottoman countryside became intertwined with migration and displacement. Muslim refugees, mountain nomads, families deported in the Armenian Genocide, and seasonal workers from all over the empire endured hardship, exile, and dispossession. Their settlement and survival defined new societies forged in the provincial spaces of the late Ottoman frontier. Through these movements, Chris Gratien reconstructs the remaking of Çukurova, a region at the historical juncture of Anatolia and Syria, and illuminates radical changes brought by the modern state, capitalism, war, and technology.

Drawing on both Ottoman Turkish and Armenian sources, Gratien brings rural populations into the momentous events of the period: Ottoman reform, Mediterranean capitalism, the First World War, and Turkish nation-building. Through the ecological perspectives of everyday people in Çukurova, he charts how familiar facets of quotidian life, like malaria, cotton cultivation, labor, and leisure, attained modern manifestations. As the history of this pivotal region hidden on the geopolitical map reveals, the remarkable ecological transformation of late Ottoman society configured the trajectory of the contemporary societies of the Middle East.


The book’s interventions are discussed in the reviews below:

"The Unsettled Plain is environmental history at its finest: not just a history of rivers, mountains, and soils or climates and diseases, but all of those and something more. Chris Gratien tells the story of an empire, meticulously researched, exceptionally insightful—all grounded in the lives and lands of Çukurova."

—Sam White, author of The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire


"The Unsettled Plain is a pathbreaking book that takes Ottoman studies to a new level. Chris Gratien's vivid account of how the Çukurova region was settled tackles big questions about the state, capitalism, and environmental factors, without ever losing sight of the individuals who bore the brunt of the consequences."

—Reşat Kasaba, author of A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees


"Chris Gratien charts an important new path for critical environmental history with The Unsettled Plain, which reflects scrupulous research in at least eight countries and multiple languages. A must-read for anyone interested in the dizzyingly complex relations between real people and the environment of which they are part."

—Diana Davis, author of The Arid Lands: History, Power, Knowledge


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

History PhD student Audrius Rickus wrote a column for The Washington Post's "Made by History" blog. Rickus has some valuable insight into President Vladimir Putin’s “de-nazification” claims.  


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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Professor James Loeffler recently published a new piece in the Jewish Quarterly Review. Entitled "The First Genocide: Antisemitism and Universalism in Raphael Lemkin's Thought," Loeffler discusses Raphael Lemkin's confrontation with antisemitism in interwar Poland and how it shaped his origin-story for genocide. 

Please click the link to read:


When did the first genocide take place in history? In theory, a universal crime transcends time and space. In practice, the moral imagination demands a specific origin story. In this article, I explain how and why Raphael Lemkin chose to locate genocide’s archetypal origins in the early Christian martyrdom at the hands of the ancient Romans. That choice emerged from a dramatic public confrontation with Catholic antisemitism in interwar Poland. Haunted by the charge of Jewish moral parochialism, after the war Lemkin fashioned a cosmopolitan narrative for his discovery of genocide. Today, scholars are consumed by debates about the historical and conceptual relationship between the Holocaust and other genocides. Yet we cannot move forward in that endeavor until we retrieve Lemkin’s Polish Jewish past.


Monday, March 7, 2022

The Holsinger Portrait Project (co-directed by Professor John Mason) a partnership between the University of Virginia and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, presents a pop-up exhibition, The New Negro in Charlottesville and Albemarle: Portraits from a Century Ago, at the Northside Library branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library throughout the month of March. The exhibition is free and can be seen during the library's regular opening hours. The pop-up show is a preview of much larger exhibitions that will open at the University of Virginia, in September 2022, and at the Jefferson School, in early 2023. 

Monday, March 7, 2022

Congratulations to Professor J.E. Lendon on the publication of his new book: That Tyrant Persuasion:  How Rhetoric Shaped the Roman World (Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2022).

The assassins of Julius Caesar cried out that they had killed a tyrant, and days later their colleagues in the Senate proposed rewards for this act of tyrannicide. The killers and their supporters spoke as if they were following a well-known script. They were. Their education was chiefly in rhetoric and as boys they would all have heard and given speeches on a ubiquitous set of themes—including one asserting that “he who kills a tyrant shall receive a reward from the city.” In That Tyrant, Persuasion, J. E. Lendon explores how rhetorical education in the Roman world influenced not only the words of literature but also momentous deeds: the killing of Julius Caesar, what civic buildings and monuments were built, what laws were made, and, ultimately, how the empire itself should be run.

Presenting a new account of Roman rhetorical education and its surprising practical consequences, That Tyrant, Persuasion shows how rhetoric created a grandiose imaginary world for the Roman ruling elite—and how they struggled to force the real world to conform to it. Without rhetorical education, the Roman world would have been unimaginably different.

“This is an original and significant book with a seemingly effortless combination of knowledge and readability. Arguing that the rhetorical education of the ancient Roman elite had a pervasive influence on their actions, That Tyrant, Persuasion treats readers to thought-provoking accounts of Roman monuments, Roman law, and even the murder of Julius Caesar.”―Henriette van der Blom, University of Birmingham

“Lendon guides us once again into the deepest recesses of the Roman elite mind, revealing a set of springs and gears that caused the real world to tick; but this was a movement that had been flawlessly regulated by the professor of rhetoric. No wonder, then, that a flesh-and-blood dictator, Julius Caesar, was handled just like all the fantastical tyrants whom Brutus and his companions had spent their school days dutifully and heroically eliminating. This book is a must-read for all who want to understand why a Roman aristocrat thought, said, and, ultimately, did what he did.”Michael Peachin, New York University


Monday, February 28, 2022

UVA Today spoke with Kyrill Kunakhovich about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  For more on Kyrill’s insightful analysis, click here:

Thursday, February 24, 2022

History Ph.D Candidate Olivia Paschal  wrote a column for The Washington Post's "Made by History" blog about the more effective track record historically of Black newspapers in the coverage of racist massacres and other racial violence: The Black press provides a model for how mainstream news can better cover racism.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Professor Emeritus Michael Holt was interviewed by CBS Sunday Morning for a feature segment on the 14th President of the United States entitled, "Franklin Pierce: America's Handsomest President?"

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

In Professor Karen Parshall's newest book, The New Era in American Mathematics, 1920–1950, she discusses the development of American mathematics in the 30 years following World War I.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Professor Karen Parshall was featured in an article titled, "Celebrating Karen Parshall as an Advisor" in the most recent issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Five of Karen's former graduate students reflected on her dedication to and excellence in mentoring.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Professor Caroline Janney's award-winning book, "Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee's Army after Appomattox," has been recognized as a "work that enhances the general public's understanding of the Civil War Era," and thus awarded the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.






Monday, February 14, 2022

The University of Virginia Lifetime Learning Program’s most recent podcast featured Professor Justene Hill Edwards, who discussed her book Unfree Markets: The Slaves' Economy and the Rise of Capitalism in South Carolina.