Religious History Fellowships in Florence

Istituto Sangalli (Sangalli Institute) is offering postdoctoral fellowships in religious history at the Medici Archive Project in Florence.

The brief description reads:

“The Sangalli Institute for the history and religious cultures offers the opportunity of a short research stay in Florence to young fellows of any nationality (included the Italians) affiliated to foreign universities and research centers, in order to create an effective and productive dialogue between the great cultural heritage of Florence and the world of the international researchers in the humanities specialized in the history of religions and religious studies, with special attention to the interfaith dialogue and interdisciplinary approaches. For the first semester of the academic year 2017-2018, the Sangalli Institute offers 3 residential fellowships for young scholars of 1 month of duration (worth 2,000 euro each), to help covering living expenses and accommodation.”

For further information, see the call for applications at the Medici Archive Project website or see the Istituto Sangalli website.

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The State of Illinois is Destroying its Future

Illinois high school graduates are fleeing the state in record numbers, largely due to the continuing lack of a state budget in Illinois.

State universities in Illinois will lose even more students as the Illinois high school graduates of 2017 head to Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan over the State of Illinois’s continued failure to fund state universities and MAP Grants (state financial aid) to Illinois residents.

No higher ed funding, fewer students….


Image credit: Chicago magazine.

My own university, Northern Illinois University has shrunk by 25 percent over the past 6 years, a trend accelerated greatly by the lack of state budget (or “Budget Impasse” as the media continues to call it) in Illinois over the past year and a half.

The State of Illinois is destroying its future.

Chicago magazine provides the latest report on the breakdown of state funding for higher education and the resulting loss of undergraduate students in Illinois.

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Battlefield Emotions Volume

Battlefield Emotions, 1500-1800: Practices, Experience, Imagination, ed. Erika Kuipers and Cornelis Van Der Haven (Palgrave Macmillan) is now in production and about to hit the bookshelves.


My chapter on “‘His Courage Produced More Fear in His Enemies than Shame in His Soldiers’: Siege Combat and Emotional Display in the French Wars of Religion,” appears in this collective volume.

A book description is available at the Palgrave Macmillan website.

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Review of War and Conflict in the Early Modern World on H-Net

The first review of War and Conflict in the Early Modern World, 1500-1700 (Polity, 2016) has now been published on H-Net Reviews.


I am pleased to see that Professor Frederic J. Baumgartner (Virginia Tech) has reviewed the book for the H-Diplo list on H-Net.  Professor Baumgartner is a fellow early modern French historian, who has published on early modern French bishops, the French Wars of Religion, and declarations of war. I respect his work and welcome his review of my book.

The review is available at H-Net Reviews.

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Greg Bereiter Feature

Greg Bereiter (Ph.D. in History, Northern Illinois University) is featured in the American Historical Association’s Member Spotlight.


Greg wrote his doctoral dissertation with me on clerical militancy during the French Wars of Religion.  I was honored to work with Greg during his graduate studies at Northern Illinois University and his doctoral research in France.

Greg is currently working as Historian at the U.S. Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, DC.

Congratulations, Greg!

The AHA Member Spotlight is online at the AHA website.


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War and Conflict Book Talk at NIU

I will be offering a book talk on War and Conflict in the Early Modern World, 1500-1700, at Northern Illinois University this Friday 26 August, 2016.

The Department of History is sponsoring the book talk and hosting a reception to celebrate the release of the book.


Thanks to Aaron Fogleman for organizing this event and to Vera Lind for composing the flyer!

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Flooding as a Military Strategy

Flooding as a Military Strategy

Center for the Study of Religious Violence

Flooding is part of life in the Netherlands. But, at least since the sixteenth century, humans have deliberately instigated floods as a military strategy.

During the Dutch Revolt (1566-1648), dykes were periodically opened in order to flood portions of the countryside in the Netherlands as a defensive measure against advancing armies. Strong religious motivations shaped the civil conflict in the Netherlands, as the Spanish Army of Flanders and local Catholics attempted to suppress a rebellion by militant Dutch Calvinists. One of the most famous incidents of deliberate flooding occurred in 1584, when Dutch forces under William of Orange destroyed seawalls in an attempt to protect the city of Antwerp, which was besieged by Spanish troops.


Adriaan de Kraker (Assistant Professor,  VU University Amsterdam) has been researching deliberate flooding from 1500 to the present. He argues that “the plan got completely out of hand. … It came at the expense of…

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