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When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation

In 1789, as the French Revolution shook Europe to the core, the new United States was struggling for survival in the face of financial insolvency and bitter political and regional divisions. When the United States Spoke French explores the republic’s formative years from the viewpoint of a distinguished circle of five Frenchmen taking refuge in America


Marina Rustow Wins Collaborative Research Fellowship

Marina Rustow has won a Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for the two-year project “Documents and Institutions in the Medieval Middle East,” to be undertaken with Eve Krakowski (Yale University).


In the Margins

Meet two academic sleuths, including the Department of History’s Marina Rustow, who are looking in places long ignored to discover new things about old texts.


Trauma: A Genealogy

In a book that is bound to ignite controversy, Ruth Leys investigates the history of the concept of trauma. She explores the emergence of multiple personality disorder, Freud’s approaches to trauma, medical responses to shellshock and combat fatigue, Sandor Ferenczi’s revisions of psychoanalysis, and the mutually reinforcing, often problematic work of certain contemporary neurobiological and postmodernist theorists.


Franklin Knight Awarded a Gold Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica

Eight distinguished Jamaicans are to receive the Institute of Jamaica’s Musgrave Award on October 16, 2013, at the Annual Musgrave Medals Award Ceremony. The medals are awarded for achievements in the literary, scientific, and artistic fields. One of two gold Musgrave Medals will be presented to Prof. Franklin Knight.


Angus Burgin’s New Book Receives Awards

the great persuasion book cover

Prof. Angus Burgin’s new book, The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression, received the Merle Curti Award for Intellectual History from the Organization of American Historians, and the Joseph J. Spengler Prize for the best book on the history of economics from the History of Economics Society.