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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 Sundiata Cha-Jua, expert on the civil rights movement, speaks of the importance of the new film, "Selma"on A Minute With....

A Minute With... Professor Tamara Chaplin, modern France historian speaking of The Christmas Truce of WWI.

Carol Symes has recently been named the executive editor of "The Medieval Globe" journal. She has introduced the inaugural issue with a discussion of The Black Plague.

The Dept of History is proud to announce that Antoinette Burton and Robert Morrissey have won the coveted 2015 NEH Fellowships. Antoinette for her project, "Wars Against Nature? Environmental Fictions of the First Anglo-Afghan Wars," and Bob for "The Illinois and the Edge Effect: Bison Algonquians in the Colonial Mississippi Valley." We also congratulate Bob for being appointed a CAS Fellow for next year. We salute you, Antoinette and Bob!

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies just awarded our Chair, Diane P. Koenker, with the Outstanding Achievement Award during the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies held in San Antoinio, Texas. We celebrate you, Diane! Congratulations!

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Recent Faculty Publications


Antoinette Burton (editor)

Ten Books That Shaped the British Empire. Creating an Imperial Commons


Maria Todorova (editor)

Remembering Communism: Private and Public Recollections of Lived Experience in Southeast Europe


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

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