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  • List of Honors Theses for the Class of 2014:

    John Descalzi, “Asserting Autonomy: The Role of Tanaka Kakuei in Japanese Policymaking, 1969-1974” (Advisor: Ericson)

    Maria Fernandez, “Cultural Politics and Marxist Aesthetics in Revolutionary Cuba, 1959-1965” (Advisor: Goldthree)

    George Helding, “’Curing the Ills of Democracy’: Party Reform and the Emergence of the Modern Democratic Party After the Fall of...

  • Geraldo Cadava, Class of 2000 History Major, has been awarded the Organization of American Historians' Frederick Jackson Turner Award in 2014 for his first book, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard University Press, 2013).  As an undergraduate at Dartmouth, Geraldo was a member of the History Honors Program and wrote his thesis on "Asco...

  • In mid-February, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof kicked over an ivy-covered hornet's nest when he complained that too many professors sequester themselves in the ivory tower amid "a culture that glorifies arcane unintelligibility while disdaining impact and audience." The public, he wrote, would benefit from greater access to the wisdom of academics. "So, professors, don't cloister yourselves like medieval monks -- we need you!"  Read the...

  • At This Point in History is a collaborative blog effort by members of Dartmouth’s history department, who post their contributions in their own name.  Topics range from A Lesson in Writing Acknowledgements to book reviews, and setting the record straight...

  • Edward Miller, an associate professor of history, says most American histories of the Vietnam War omit a crucial element, the Vietnamese themselves, the Valley News writes.

    “The Vietnam War was a hugely important event in U.S. history, but it has been written about and studied overwhelmingly from the American side. I’m trying to reframe that debate,” says Miller, whose new book is Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate...

  • In an interview with the radio show BackStory with the American History Guys, Professor Colin Calloway talks about how the Royal Proclamation of 1763, issued by Great Britain at the end of the French and Indian War, resulted in more conflict between British colonists and Native Americans.

    “The Americans really cannot negotiate,” says Calloway, the John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and a professor of Native American Studies...

  • In a story in The Atlantic, President Emeritus James Wright discusses a debate “that still echoes” through the world: whether President George W. Bush and his administration deceived the United States about the alleged presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

    Wright cites a statement from Bush’s secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, arguing that Bush was wrong rather than deceitful.

    “History,” says Wright, “will judge this distinction.”

    Now, says Wright...

  • Growing up in South Korea, Jun Bum Sun ’14 had heard of an American activist who’d advocated for Korean independence. But it wasn’t until he arrived in Hanover that he felt a connection to the man known as “Korea’s favorite American.”

    “I’d read about him in history textbooks,” he says. “But I had no idea he was a Dartmouth alumnus.”

    The activist was Homer Hulbert of the Class of 1884. After arriving on campus, Jun learned that Hulbert went to Dartmouth.

    “It was...

  • CNN anchor and correspondent Jake Tapper ’91, author of The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, says his Dartmouth history professors and his work as a cartoonist for The Dartmouth formed the foundation of his career as a journalist.

    He took a few minutes during his recent visit to Dartmouth to talk with his former ABC News colleague Justin Anderson, assistant vice president for media relations at Dartmouth, and to reminisce about his undergraduate...

  • In an interview with VPR, Annelise Orleck, a professor of history, discusses the speech that Martin Luther King Jr. gave at Dartmouth on May 23, 1962.

    “He understood where he was. He was aiming at Dartmouth students. He was aiming at Dartmouth faculty,” says Orleck. “I actually think it was . . . both a forward- and a backward-looking speech.”

    King’s speech...