Greenberg Named ACLS Fellow for Work on Religious Pluralism

Searching for the causes of a sudden end to the discord between Catholics and Protestants in the first half of the 20th century led Associate Professor of History Udi Greenberg on a two-year exploration of archives, private papers, and institutional records of church leaders, missionaries, and politicians around the world.

Now, as a recipient of the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, Greenberg will have support in completing a new book telling the story of this dramatic transformation in European thought and politics. The project is titled “Religious Pluralism in the Age of Violence: Catholics and Protestants in Twentieth-Century Europe.” (full story here)

"Our Father, the President"

2018), is reviewed by Susan Dunn for The New York Review of Books.

“The greatest Estates we have in this Colony,” George Washington reminded an impoverished Virginia neighbor in 1767, “were made…by taking up and purchasing at very low rates the rich back Lands which were thought nothing of in those days, but are now the most valuable Lands we possess.” From the earliest days, the British colonization of North America was a pell-mell land rush. Settlers, squatters, and speculators pushed unstoppably and aggressively west, all seeking land, whether by acquiring it cheaply or by grant or simply by grabbing it. But whose land was it? As far as the colonists were concerned, it was theirs, and as far as Native Americans were concerned, it was theirs and had been for centuries. Full review here.

BECOMING A YOUNG HISTORIAN

Despite the myriad problems and the issues I have come to see and experience over my years at Dartmouth, my academic experiences and time spent with faculty have been the highlight of my time in Hanover. The one-on-one interactions, engagement and emphasis on undergraduate teaching Dartmouth offers are features of the academic experience that I will miss. In particular, my experiences with Dartmouth’s history department and its faculty have been the most consistently eye-opening and intellectually stimulating part of my Dartmouth career. The history classes, foreign study opportunities, research and faculty engagement I have partaken in have all, in one way or another, had a significant impact on both my personal and professional development as well as the evolution of my intellectual and social concerns. A critical and subversive worldview — which revolves around a concern for inequity and emphases on complicating, contesting or interrogating existing paradigms and ways of thinking — that history professors at Dartmouth have instilled in me will continue to shape my life long after I graduate in the spring.

Behind the Phoenix Program

Effective immediately, all South Vietnamese counterinsurgency activities became part of a new program known as Phuong Hoang, a reference to a magical bird associated with royalty and power in Vietnamese and Chinese cultural traditions. In response to the South Vietnamese move, American officials in Vietnam began referring to their own counterinsurgency coordination efforts by the name that they deemed the closest Western analogue to the mythical creature: Phoenix. (full story)

Vietnam War perspective: the unreconciled conflict

The meeting was remarkable in part because of where it took place: on the bank of a canal in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. 

One of the veterans was then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who had once patrolled the surrounding waterways as an American naval officer during the Vietnam War. 

The other was Vo Van Tam, a native of the area who spent the war fighting for the communist-led “Viet Cong” insurgency.  In February 1969, Kerry and Tam had been on opposite sides of a firefight on a nearby river.  During that battle, Kerry killed one of Tam’s comrades who tried to fire a rocket at Kerry’s patrol boat.  But now the two former enemies clasped hands and expressed admiration for each other.  “I’m glad we’re both alive,” Kerry told Tam.  (Full Story)

RABIG RECEIVES THE RICHARD P. MCCORMICK PRIZE

most works written to date on Newark in terms of breadth, focus, sources, and analysis," writes the prize committee. "Rabig, unlike most historians of Newark, goes beyond the 1967 riots to consider the redevelopment of New Jersey's largest city which makes her interpretation more nuanced on multiple levels. Rabig does not only examine her subject from the points of view of race and class struggle in Newark, she also offers a feminist perspective in her treatment of that important period of history. For anyone who is interested in the study of cities and how politics work as they intersect with race, class, ideology and gender, Rabig's timely book has much to offer and provides much to think about."

THE URBAN HISTORY ASSOCIATION AWARDS HONORABLE MENTION TO SLAVERY'S METROPOLIS

Jackson Award committee's citation:

Slave economies fueled urban growth and the evolution of most – perhaps all – American cities in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Rashauna Johnson’s book, Slavery’s Metropolis, carefully maps this history for New Orleans from 1791 to 1825, and in the process offers insights into the urban geographies of empire, race, and power. Johnson persuasively argues that enslaved peoples moved through transnational and global spaces while also being profoundly unfree. This “confined cosmopolitanism” is at the core of the book’s explanation of urban racial order, and it is a weighty contribution to our collective understanding of slavery and cities. Johnson’s impressive archival work and solid grounding in theory make this a masterful book on all counts.

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