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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War and Conflict in the Early Modern World – U.S. Release

I am pleased to report that my new book, War and Conflict in the Early Modern World (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016),  has been released in the United States.


Here is the brief book description (blurb):

In this latest addition to the acclaimed War & Conflict Through the Ages series, Brian Sandberg offers a truly global examination of the intersections between war, culture, and society in the early modern period. Sandberg traces the innovative military technologies and practices that emerged around 1500, then explores the different forms of warfare—including dynastic war, religious warfare, raiding warfare, and peasant revolt— that shaped conflicts during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He explains how significant social, economic, and political developments transformed warfare on land and at sea at a time of global imperialism and growing mercantilism, forcing states and military systems to respond to rapidly changing situations.

Engaging and insightful, War and Conflict in the Early Modern World will interest scholars and students of world history, the early modern period, and the broader relationship between war and society.

Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Innovative Warfare, 1450s-1520s
  • Chapter 2: Maritime Conflict and Colonial Expansion, 1490s-1530s
  • Chapter 3: Schism and Social Conflict, 1510s-1560s
  • Chapter 4: Dynastic War and State Development, 1520s-1580s
  • Chapter 5: Noble Violence, 1520s-1620s
  • Chapter 6: Sectarian Violence and Religious Warfare, 1560s-1640s
  • Chapter 7: Raiding Warfare, 1580s-1640s
  • Chapter 8: Peasant Revolt and Rural Conflict, 1590s-1650s
  • Chapter 9: Ethnic Conflict, 1620s-1660s
  • Chapter 10: Rebellion and Civil Warfare, 1630s-1660s
  • Chapter 11: Mercantile War, 1630s-1690s
  • Chapter 12: Territorial War, 1660s-1700s
  • Conclusion: c. 1700
  • Notes

War and Conflict in the Early Modern World is available at Wiley (the U.S. distributor),  on Amazon, and at other booksellers online. If you would like to order the book from your local bookstore, use ISBN: 978-0-7456-4603-9 (paperback) or ISBN: 978-0-7456-4602-2 (hardcover).

For exam copies and more information, see the Polity Press website.

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Oral History Jobs in the Chicago Area

HistoryMakers is offering oral history jobs in the Chicago area.

The job description reads:


The HistoryMakers seeks to hire a full time Oral History Researcher to complete in-depth research for its video oral history interviews across a wide variety of occupations and fields (i.e. STEM, law, art, education, music, etc.). The researcher/writer will be responsible for:

• Conducting background research on outstanding African Americans to locate their contact information and biographical information prior to interviews using the Internet and online resources.

• Researching and preparing detailed research outlines as well as long and short biographies in accordance with The HistoryMakers style.

• Evaluating and processing The HistoryMakers interviews consistent with The HistoryMakers standards

Candidates must have strong administrative (type 60 wpm) and organizational skills. They must be strong researchers, writers and adept at proofreading. Prior experience with detailed paper file and desktop management is critical as well as proven experience in a non-profit setting. Candidates must also demonstrate their interest in furthering The HistoryMakers mission and growth

The HistoryMakers is a growing and dynamic 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating an unprecedented national video oral history archival institution recording the stories of both well-known and unsung African American HistoryMakers. The goal is to record at least 5,000 oral history interviews and to expose this material to the public through strategic media, technology, academic and community partnerships. In June 2014, the nation’s foremost repository—the Library of Congress—announced that it will serve as the permanent repository of The HistoryMakers collection.

The full job announcement is available on H-Net.

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Spanish Paleography Workshop

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library is hosting a Spanish Paleography Workshop this fall. The workshop, led by Carla Rahn Phillips offers faculty and graduate students an introduction to reading Spanish-language manuscripts of the early modern period.

Here is the Newberry Library’s announcement:


Friday, September 30, 2016 – Saturday, October 1, 2016

9 am to 5 pm Friday; 9 am to 3:30 pm Saturday

Room 101

Directed by Carla Rahn Phillips, Emerita, University of Minnesota
Application deadline August 1
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography

This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to reading and transcribing documents written in Spain and Spanish America from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. Although the course sessions will be taught primarily in English, all of the documents will be in Spanish.

About the institute’s director: Carla Rahn Phillips, Emerita, University of Minnesota.

Eligibility: The institute will enroll 18 participants by competitive application. First consideration will be given to advanced PhD students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced PhD students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars.

Check out our list of paleography resources for Latin, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

For further information, see the Newberry Library website.

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American Responses to the Brexit Vote

In the aftermath of last week’s Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, Americans seem to have rediscovered Europe. Frantic news reports warn of dire economic consequences for American banks and investors, even as journalists attempt to explain the complexity of British Parliamentary politics and the basic structures of European Union federalism to a somewhat bewildered American public.


Of course, many Americans already know Europe as study abroad students and tourists. But, these probably represent a small minority of Americans, since only approximately 20 percent of Americans even hold a passport. Americans are suddenly confronted with shifting European politics that threaten to derail the European Union project and disrupt the American relations with European nations and markets.

Ivo Daalder, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, argues that “This is a defining moment for American diplomacy. The vote by Britain to leave the EU poses a grave risk to the European project. It is profoundly in America’s interest to work closely with all of its European allies, especially Germany, to forestall the unravelling of that project, which has produced unprecedented peace and prosperity to Europe over the past 70 years.”

Americans are ill-equipped to respond to the rapidly developing Brexit crisis, however, since European Studies are undervalued in the United States.

American academics and policymakers have arguably neglected European history, culture, and politics since the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The research focus on Russian and Eastern European Studies, which had grown up within American academic and policy institutions during the Cold War, has contracted since 1989. Western European studies have also shrunk, as Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Global Studies have expanded rapidly in the 1990s and 2000s. Some new research groups on European Union Studies have been created in American universities and think tanks, but positions in European history, politics, and culture seem to have shrunk overall.

The Council for European Studies website currently lists 48 affiliated research centers and institutes across the United States, far fewer than the 115 research universities that hold a Carnegie R1 (Highest Research) rating.

Foreign language requirements have been trimmed or eliminated from many general education curricula at American universities and colleges. Foreign language programs in French, German, Italian, Russian and other European languages have been cut back or eliminated as “unnecessary” or “wasteful.”

European Studies in Political Science, History, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures need to be reinvigorated within the American academic and policy communities in order to inform the public about European politics and society. American colleges and universities have a duty to educate citizens and to train a new generation of analysts to address American-European relations in the twenty-first century.

Ivo Daalder’s article, “America Must Move to Save the European Project,” appears in Financial Times online.

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