Category Archives: European History

When Will the French Dam Against the Far Right Crack?

I am happy to report that my opinion essay on the recent French presidential election has been published by History News Network. Here is the opening of the essay: “On Sunday [24 April 2022], President Emmanuel Macron won re-election in … Continue reading

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Making Scents of the Past

The history of perfumes, fragrances, food, and medicines in the early modern period are closely intertwined. Early modern Europeans crafted “recipes” by experimenting with different ingredients from plants, animals, minerals, and other sources. The DURARE research team questions: “Is it … Continue reading

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Opportunities for Students and Researchers from Ukraine

The European University Institute (EUI), a higher education institute sponsored by the European Union, is creating a special admission procedure for Ukrainian students and researchers wanting to pursue studies and/or research at the European University Institute. The EUI seeks to … Continue reading

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Gallica Celebrates Early Modern Venice

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France’s Gallica platform is celebrating early modern Venice with a digitized version of its copy of Jacopo de’ Barbari’s Venetie MD (1500). This monumental printed city view of Venice has been closely studied using many different … Continue reading

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Giovanni Contarini’s Account of the Lepanto Campaign

I am happy to report that my book review of Kiril Petkov’s translation of Giovanni Pietro Contarini’s account of the Lepanto campaign has been published by the Mediterranean Seminar Review. Contarini, Giovanni Pietro. From Cyprus to Lepanto. Trans. Kiril Petkov. New York, … Continue reading

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Nazi Roundups of Dutch Jews in Amsterdam

A new historical exhibition on “The raids of February 22 and 23, 1941” investigates the fates of Dutch Jews who were rounded up by Nazi forces during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. The exhibition … Continue reading

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French Politics and the Memory of the Algerian War

The historical memory of the Algerian War (1954-1962) looms large in French politics. Commemorations this weekend of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Algerian War and the establishment of Algerian independence in 1962 come in the midst of … Continue reading

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French Presidential Elections 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already had an enormous impact on European politics and society. Poland and other Eastern European nations are rightly nervous and have bolstered their defenses, supported by NATO. Germany has radically increased its defense spending … Continue reading

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Fighting around Kharkiv

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has proceeded at a relatively slow pace, as Russian troops face stiff resistance in suburban and urban areas, especially in the outskirts of Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine. Historians of siege warfare recognize … Continue reading

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Understanding the Ukraine War

Many historians are closely observing the Ukraine War and commenting on different historical dynamics and patterns that are potentially shaping the conflict. At my university, Northern Illinois University, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is currently organizing a Teach-In … Continue reading

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