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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

Please help us in congratualating Professor Leslie Reagan in being awarded the 2015 IPRH NEH Summer stipend for her project, Seeing Agent Orange: Quilt of Tears. She was one of only two faculty members nominated from our campus through IPRH.

A Minute With...Professor Bruce Levine, historian of the Civil War era, discusses the consequences of the Civil War.

Professor Marc Hertzman's book, "Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil" is highlighted along with an interview with him in this week's Inside Illinois.

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Professor Adrian Burgos, Jr., was honored to be invited by the Chicago White Sox to deliver one of the eulogies at the funeral service of Minnie Minoso. A full expanded version of the eulogy can be read here. (Adrian Burgos Jr., Minnie Minoso photo courtesy of Adrian Burgos Jr.)

photo of Adrian Burgos and Minnie Minoso

ICES forms turned in from Fall 2014 have been tabulated and 25 History instructors have made the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students. Please join us in congratulating them for their distinction and dedication to our students.

Professor Adrian Burgos, Jr., expert on sports history, has been busy with several media interactions regarding the death and legacy of Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Minoso. He did an interview and in-studio appearance on "Chicago Tonight" on WTTW (Chicago Ch. 11) that can be viewed here. An appearance on The Morning Shift, WBEZ Chicago and wrote as a contributor with sportingnews.com Always so proud to see our own experts being called on for their insight. (if you have any problems opening a link, please try a different browser)


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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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