Convinced that the study of history is an essential component of a superior education in the liberal arts and sciences, the Department of History offers a strong academic program in a number of areas within the discipline of history. Students who study history develop and sharpen their minds as they learn to think, to evaluate, to communicate, and ultimately to judge. They gain a fundamental understanding of the world in which they live and of the diverse forces that have shaped both past and present. Their work in history helps them to know themselves and to appreciate societies that are different from their own, and they discover how to place contemporary issues and problems within a broad historical perspective.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Steel Chrysanthemums: Feminism and Nationalist Rhetoric in Meiji Japan, Alix Bruce

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Chile beyond the Transition: The Changing Nature of Public Memory 40 Years after the Pinochet Coup, Miriam Cook

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Abby Williams Hill: A Case Study of Early 20th Century Environmental Thought, Neal Cooper

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Coffee and the Ottoman Social Sphere, Marita Ervin

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Preserving Memory in the Digital Age: Curatorial Practices of 9/11 Digital Archives, Marissa Friedman

Sovereign of the Seas: Charles I and Ship Money, 1635-1640., Morgan McKinlay

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Have You Hugged a Soldier Today? Veterans Struggle With Invisible Wounds of War From Vietnam to Afghanistan, Gabe Mora

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Fidel Castro’s Cultural Armament of Cold War Cuba: Developing Education, 1960 – 1969, Maya Steinborn

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Rethinking and Relearning Modern Warfare: The Influence of Geography and the Environment on the Process of Fighting World War II in the Pacific, Peter K. Vleck

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Daniel O’Connell’s Struggle to Harness Religion and Nationalism in the Pursuit of Universal Civil Rights and Home Rule in Ireland, Colin Daunt

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The Calico Acts: Why Britain Turned its Back on Cotton, Peter Fisher

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Bawds, Babes, and Breeches: Regendering Theater after the English Restoration, Laura Larson

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Expulsion of the Sudeten Germans: Influence on the Socialization of Czechoslovakia, Andy Read

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The Immigrant Woman:Jewish Assimilation in the Lower East Side Ghetto of New York City, 1880-1914, Rachael Siegel