Category Archives: History in the Media

Renaissance History and Franco-Italian Quarrels

French President Emmanuel Macron has recalled the French Ambassador to Italy, in response to the Italian government’s support of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protest movement in France. Italian Deputy Prime Ministers Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio have both … Continue reading

Posted in Art History, Court Studies, Cultural History, Early Modern Europe, Empires and Imperialism, European History, Food and Cuisine History, French History, French Wars of Religion, History in the Media, Italian History, Noble Culture and History of Elites, Political Culture, Renaissance Art and History, Women and Gender History | Leave a comment

“Time for Another Kent State”? Politicians Target Campuses for Violence

Politicians are targeting university campuses for repressive violence. One of the of the most shocking recent incitements to violence against students came in 2017, when Dan Adamini (Republican), Secretary of the Marquette County Republican Party, advocated using firearms to stop … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Freedom, Arms Control, Civil Conflict, Conferences, History in the Media, History of Violence, Human Rights, Northern Illinois University, Peacemaking Processes, Political Culture, Terrorism, War, Culture, and Society | Leave a comment

History, Identity Politics, and the “French Destiny”

History and identity politics are intimately interwoven in modern French society. The history of the French Revolution and Napoleonic period to define the landscape of  political ideologies (socialism, liberalism, conservatism) in the nineteenth century and forged the language of modern … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural History, Early Modern Europe, Early Modern World, Empires and Imperialism, European History, French History, French Revolution and Napoleon, Globalization, History in the Media, Museums and Historical Memory, Political Culture, Revolts and Revolutions, Strategy and International Politics, World History | Leave a comment

French Revolution and the Let Them Eat Cake Shutdown

Welcome to the “Let Them Eat Cake Shutdown.” The French Revolution has now entered into the current federal government shutdown in the United States. The BBC reports that “US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has attracted scorn for suggesting workers affected … Continue reading

Posted in Comparative Revolutions, French History, French Revolution and Napoleon, History in the Media, Political Culture, Revolts and Revolutions | Leave a comment

First World War Soldiers in Color

Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old has been released in the United States, with screenings in selected cities this month. I was lucky to get to view the film yesterday in Chicago and want to offer some initial responses … Continue reading

Posted in Historical Film, History in the Media, History of Violence, War and Society, War in Film, War, Culture, and Society | Leave a comment

Frank Valadez AHA Spotlight

Frank Valadez, my friend and fellow UIUC graduate History alum, is featured in an American Historical Association spotlight today! Frank is an amazingly flexible history thinker and practitioner who currently serves as  Director of the Division for Public Education at … Continue reading

Posted in Careers in History, Education Policy, History in the Media, Humanities Education, The Past Alive: Teaching History | Leave a comment

Afro-Atlantic Histories

A massive art exhibition on Afro-Atlantic Histories recently opened at the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) in São Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition includes early modern, modern, and contemporary artworks depicting Afro-Americans and their experiences in Brazil and the Atlantic … Continue reading

Posted in Art History, Atlantic World, Cultural History, Early Modern World, Empires and Imperialism, Globalization, History in the Media, History of Violence, Human Rights, Maritime History, Museums and Historical Memory | Leave a comment