Department of History

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Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Recent Faculty Publications

Faculty members of the Department of History take pride not only in their skill as classroom teachers but also in their roles as leading scholars and researchers.  Read below to get a brief sense of the breadth and quality of the historical research published by department members over the past few years.
Faculty Books
Daniel J. Clark, Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2018).

Hastings Nationalism

Derek Hastings, Nationalism in Modern Europe: Politics, Identity, and Belonging Since the French Revolution (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

Yan Li Cover

Yan Li, China's Soviet Dream: Propaganda, Culture, and Popular Imagination (New York: Routledge, 2017).

Bekele Ploughing

Getnet Bekele, Ploughing New Ground: Food, Farming, and Environmental Change in Ethiopia (Woodbridge UK: James Currey, 2017). Winner of the African Studies Association's 2018 Bethwell A. Ogot Prize for best book in East African Studies.

Naus Kingship

James Naus, Constructing Kingship: The Capetian Monarchs of France and the Early Crusades (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016).

Karalsch Before Brasilia

Mary Karasch (emerita), Before Brasilia: Frontier Life in Central Brazil (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2016).

Milne, Natchez

George Milne, Natchez Country: Indians, Colonists, and the Landscapes of Race in French Louisiana (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015).

Estes, Banning

Todd Estes, ed., Founding Visions: The Ideas, Intersections, and Individuals that Created America by Lance Banning (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014).

Craig Martin, Subverting Aristotle: Religion, History, and Philosophy in Early Modern Science (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

 Finucane Contested


Ronald C. Finucane, Contested Canonizations: The Last Medieval Saints, 1482-1523 (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2011).

Craig Martin, Renaissance Meteorology: Pomponazzi to Descartes (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011).

Hastings, Catholicism

Derek Hastings, Catholicism and the Roots of Nazism: Religious Identity and National Socialism (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010; paperback 2011).

Benson, Gobi

Linda Benson, Across China's Gobi: The Lives of Evangeline French, Mildred Cable, and Francesca French of the China Inland Mission (Norwalk, Conn.: EastBridge, 2008).

Matthews' book cover

Weldon Matthews, Confronting an Empire, Constructing a Nation: Arab Nationalists and Popular Politics in Mandate Palestine (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2006).
Estes, Jay TreatyTodd Estes, The Jay Treaty Debate, Public Opinion, and the Evolution of Early American Political Culture (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006; paperback 2008).
Chapman's book coverSara Chapman, Private Ambition and Political Alliances: The Phelypeaux de Pontchartrain Family and Louis XIV's Government, 1650-1715 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2004).
Benson's book coverLinda Benson, China Since 1949 (London: Pearson, 2002; expanded edition 2011).