This year marks the 230th anniversary of the start of the French Revolution. Over the course of a ten-year period, revolutionary France experimented with new political visions such as constitutional monarchy, republicanism, representative politics and semi-democratic elections. Dr. Katlyn Carter, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan will talk to us about how the French Revolution pervades contemporary political life as well as on her book manuscript, the use of secrecy vs. the ideal of transparency and the craft of the historian.
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Modern or Western Civilization is a historical field that is always at odds with itself: What is modern? Where do you start? What is the “Western” civilization and is it superior to the “Eastern”? Who are we including and why? Who are we disregarding and why? How are the events studied linked together? Do they… MORE
On June 16, 1774, James Cook became the first European to catch sight of a tiny coral island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Navigators from Samoa and Tonga had settled Niue, as the island is known today, as early as 900 CE. Cook attempted to land in Niue no fewer than three times,… MORE
During the eighteenth century, maritime culture throughout the Atlantic world was pulsating. Unlike the nineteenth century, in which men increasingly turned attention Westward during the expansion of the United States, men of the eighteenth century went to sea in substantial numbers. Historian Daniel Vickers asserts that unlike popular memorys image of mid-nineteenth century seamen who… MORE