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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
A Contra Corriente - A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America - recently posted this article entitled, "Beyond Renewal" by Professor Marc Hertzman. Scroll to the bottom where it says Full Text: PDF. Click on the PDF to read.
Illinois News Bureau Social Science editor Craig Chamberlain spoke with Professor Ken Cuno regarding his studies of how traditional ideals on marriages have varied through the centuries.. Professor Cuno is the author of the recently published book, 'Moderinzing Marriage". In it he focuses on the reinvention of marriage and family in Egypt in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Please join us in applauding all of our graduates who didn't let the rain hold back their excitement of Convocation on Saturday, May 16th. We are so proud!
Congratulations to Professor Jimena Canales whose book "The Physicist and the Philosopher" was just named to the Amazon list of best selling new and future releases. Her book is due to be released May 26, 2015.
Professor Ken Cuno was interviewed by the web magazine Jadaliyya for the May 2015 edition. They spoke regarding his new book, "Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in Ninteenth and Early Twentieth Century Egypt".
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Recent Faculty Publications
Jimena Canales (author)
The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate that Changed our Understanding of Time
Robert Michael Morrissey (author)
Empire by Collaboration: Indians, Colonists, and Governments in Colonial Illinois Country
Kenneth M. Cuno (author)
Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in the Ninteenth-and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt
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 Regime France