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Looking forward to the past since 1894

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Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the History Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Why study history? Because it is the foundation of a liberal arts education whose critical engagement with the past teaches us how to confront the way we live today. Here at Illinois, we take great pride in the teaching we offer to undergraduates, in the training of graduate students to carry on the work of historians, and in the history writing produced by our renowned faculty members. Our website is your gateway to the department, whether you are interested in the careers history majors can pursue, or upcoming departmental lectures and conferences, or the work of our faculty, or how you can help support the department to maintain its excellence. We need the critical insights that studying history provides, now more than ever. Please join us!

Diane P. Koenker
Professor and Chair

News & Announcements

Professor Craig Koslofsky on the PBS series, "How We Got To Now".

CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Jimena Canales who was named the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the History of Science.

H-France online forum featured our Clare Crowston's book, "Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France." Read the essays of the four reviewers and the response by Clare.

Read How Did the Nazis Become So Popular? An article in the LAS News where our own Peter Fritzsche discusses how the Nazi party came to power.

CAREERS NIGHT 2014 was an enlightening evening of discussion with four of our very own alums. We learned how they were able to go from being History graduates to where they each are today.

We recently welcomed the Fall 2014 Incoming Graduate class. What a fun group of scholars! We are looking forward to working with them in the coming years.

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Recent Faculty Publications


Antoinette Burton (editor)

The First Anglo-Afghan Wars


Antoinette Burton and Tony Ballantine (authors)

Empires and the Reach of the Global 1870-1945


Clare Crowston and John McKay (authors)

A History of Western Society


Keith Hitchins (author)

A Concise History of Romania


Clare Crowston (author)

Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regine France


Antoinette Burton (editor)

The Feedback Loop: Historians Talk about the Links between Research and Teaching


Diane P. Koenker (author)

Club Red: Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream


Diane P. Koenker (editor)

The Socialist Sixties: Crossing Borders in the Second World


Marc A. Hertzman (author)

Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil


Keith Hitchins (author)

Românii 1774-1866

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