It is often said that the modern era began in the death and devastation of World War I, but Harvard President Drew Faust said during a speech at the University of Cambridge that such destruction started in the American Civil War.
In his new book, “The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding,” Professor of Government Eric Nelson focuses on abuses of the British Parliament, rather than the actions of the crown, as the central force behind the Revolution.
A look at what Harvard faculty members will be reading in their downtime this summer.
At month’s end, Professor Elisa New will begin teaching “Poetry in America,” her first digital course on HarvardX.
David S. Landes, a renowned historian whose work focused on the complex interplay of cultural mores and historical circumstance, died Aug. 17 at age 89.
Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds discussed her book “The Nature of Difference: Sciences of Race in the United States from Jefferson to Genomics” before 50 students as part of Wintersession activities.
An exhibit and companion website developed by Harvard Business School’s Baker Library shines light on the early days of trade between China and the United States.
Screenwriter and playwright Tony Kushner sat down with President Drew Faust to dissect Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and talk history, politics, and writing after a Harvard-sponsored screening of his new biopic, “Lincoln.”
During a sometimes tongue-in-cheek lecture on Wednesday, Professor David Carrasco discussed the historical origins of humankind’s periodic preoccupations with the apocalypse.
Eight Harvard historians gathered at Emerson Hall with an ambitious goal in mind: to explain — in eight minutes or less — apiece — that “everything is history and history is everything.”
A fellow in a new joint Harvard-MIT fellowship program in economics, history, and politics opens a lab in Kenya to illuminate the economic decision-making of those studied least by economists: the poor.
In “The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death,” Professor Jill Lepore shows, with wit and wisdom, that our existential anxieties are anything but new.
The War of 1812 touched Harvard only lightly, a new exhibit shows, but the end of the conflict was much welcomed in Anglophile New England.
“Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War,” a book by Megan Kate Nelson, has recently been published by the University of Georgia Press.
This year, Harvard is celebrating the 375th anniversary of the founding of Harvard College in 1636. Visit the official 375th website for more information about the University-wide celebration.
The American Philosophical Society awarded the Jacques Barzun Prize for the best book in cultural history published in 2010 to Amabel B. James Professor of History Peter E. Gordon.
Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, professor emerita of history and American studies at Smith College, examined the shifting gender landscape at Harvard during a talk at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Something about Harvard, one of the world’s most rigorous universities also helps poets to blossom. It has a lyric legacy that spans hundreds of years and helped to shape the world’s literary canon.
On the centennial of the ship’s sinking, Harvard historian Steven Biel has a new edition of his book, which traces the cultural arc of that myth-making disaster.
Using history as a lens to predict future political trends has been the focus of Daniel Ziblatt’s career and informs his work as an educator, researcher, and author.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on March 6, 2012, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Oscar Handlin, Carl M. Loeb University Professor Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Handlin was the most influential and creative historian of American social life in the second half of the twentieth century.
Jill Lepore David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History
What if you could enter a decorated tomb chapel in a Giza pyramid, descend down an ancient burial shaft, or see 5,000-year-old inscriptions come to life—without ever having to travel?
Lizabeth Cohen, an eminent scholar of 20th-century American social and political history and interim dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study since last July, has been named dean, Harvard President Drew Faust announced March 8.
A leading cultural and intellectual historian of Renaissance Europe, Princeton Professor Anthony Grafton suggests that the diligent work of 16th-century scholar Joseph Scaliger, in particular, led to the theory that the Last Supper may well have been in fact a Passover Seder.
A search sheds light on the controversial turning point 40 years ago when men and women first shared housing Pforzheimer and Winthrop.
In his new book, noted historian Niall Ferguson sees Europe and America as facing a profound crisis of confidence in what the future holds.
People are “powerfully attracted to war,” Harvard President Drew Faust told a crowd at the Cambridge Public Library on Jan. 10, and no conflict draws as much continuing interest and controversy in America as its own Civil War. The historian’s job is to balance that allure with a search for the truth, Faust said.
With the holidays nigh, Lowell House residents celebrated with the Yule Dinner, where they observed some pagan traditions such as "bringing greens into homes at midwinter, kindling lights and fires at the darkest time of year, and feasting at table with loved ones," according to House Master Diana Eck.
Harvard History Professor Maya Jasanoff has been named the winner of a Recognition of Excellence Award as part of the 2011 Cundill Prize in History at McGill University for her book “Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World.” The prize recognizes history books that have a profound literary, social, and academic impact.
In his latest book, psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker cites data to show that the world is becoming far more peaceful than you might have thought.
Stephen Greenblatt Cogan University Professor
Oscar Handlin, Carl M. Loeb University Professor Emeritus, died from a heart attack on Sept. 20 at his Cambridge home. He was 95.
The Harvard community remembers where they were on September 11th and reflects on how it has changed their lives and the world around them.
Physician and historian David Jones works to bridge the gap between medical science and the social forces that shape it, as Harvard’s first A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine.
A look at how Harvard has celebrated some previous anniversaries.
Historian Joyce Chaplin is completing her latest book, on the history and influence of circumnavigation. For her, globalization is an old story.
Ernest Bernbaum Research Professor on Literature Leo Damrosch retraces the nine-month journey through America by historian Alexis de Tocqueville, author of “Democracy in America,” who cannily predicted the growing social unrest toward slavery in America.
Professor of Law Annette Gordon-Reed tackles one of the worst presidents in American history, claiming that his own racism was to blame for his shoddy performance during the Reconstruction era.
This biography by Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History and Professor of Business Administration, chronicles the life of Siegmund Warburg, a financial wiz, prophet of globalization, and strategic businessman.
Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs Sugata Bose parses the life of Indian revolutionary Subhas Chandra Bose, who struggled to liberate his people from British rule and led the Indian National Army against Allied Forces during World War II.
In “Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World,” historian Maya Jasanoff reveals the lesser-known history of loyalists after the Revolution.
Studying dead women’s cut-up bodies was not what Katharine Park originally set out to do. But a trip to Florence opened a new chapter in the scholar's life.
Jeffrey Quilter, a senior lecturer on anthropology and deputy director for curatorial affairs and curator at Harvard’s Peabody Museum, introduces the Moche civilization and explores current thinking about Moche politics, history, society, and religion.
This selection of essays edited by Ezra F. Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, and Byung-Kook Kim recovers and contextualizes many of the ambiguities in South Korea’s trajectory from poverty to a sustainable high rate of economic growth.
Harvard professor John Stilgoe takes viewers on a tour of historic Harvard Yard and explores its many unique and exciting features.
Caroline Elkins, Professor of History; Chair of the Standing Committee on African Studies; Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethnic Studies
Historian and former Quincy House tutor John McMillian’s new book chronicles the massive ’60s “youthquake” and the rise of radical underground publications.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on February 1, 2011, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Claudio Guillén, Harry Levin Professor of Literature, Emeritus, was placed upon the records. Professor Guillén was a tireless promoter of comparative literature.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on February 1, 2011, the Minute honoring the life and service of the late Ernest R. May, Charles Warren Professor of American History, was placed upon the records. An expert in the field of U.S. foreign relations, Professor May held many leadership roles within the University and beyond.