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Welcome to the Cornell University Department of History


Welcome to the history department at Cornell. The department is committed to pursuing excellence in historical scholarship and teaching across many different time-periods and research interests. Our outstanding faculty and students also specialize in a wide array of historical issues and themes that transcend particular regions and periods. Courses connect students with the excitement of historical discovery, and provide a rigorous training in researching and analyzing the human past.

The history department joins with diverse historians from other Cornell departments to form the graduate field of history, providing expert training for graduate students. Our department thrives on its close relationship with many other departments, centers and area-studies programs in the humanities and social sciences at Cornell.

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Dept. of History Spring 2014 Newsletter

The Cornell Historical Society

Upcoming events...

Durba Ghosh to speak on 'Gandhi and the Terrorists', Wednesday, February 4, 4:30pm, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall.

News (see all news...)

Visiting historian to teach course on Civil War this spring......

Cornell's president-elect, Elizabeth Garrett, is reading books by Cornell historians...."On my bedside table right now is [Cornell Vice Provost] Fred Logevall’s book Embers of War that won the Pulitzer Prize; and I also have here [Cornell professor] Mary Beth Norton’s Founding Mothers and Fathers, which is a book I have always wanted to read."

Edward Baptist's "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism" makes the argument that slavery was central to much of this country's economic development.

Sandra Greene has been elected by the Council of the American Historical Association to the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review.

Isabel Hull has published "A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law during the Great War"...


Student Awards and Job Announcements

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