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Congratulations Class of 2020 History Majors!

Congratulations Cass of 2020 History Graduates! In honor of our graduates, we’ve put together some information about our senior majors. Some of them shared memories and thoughts about their time at Gustavus. As a department we are so proud of their hard work over the last four years, and especially this final semester that brought […]

What do I do with a History Major?

What do I do with a History major? Spring 2020 A group of Gustavus history alumni panelists were scheduled to arrive on campus this spring to share their experiences as history majors with current students.  One goal of the panel was to share the numerous career paths possible with a history major and what can […]

Gustavus History Professors featured in recent TV news story

On Wed April 22, 2020 KEYC News Now aired a story about living through history in the time of the pandemic. Gustavus history professors Greg Kaster and Kathleen Keller gave their perspectives on how this time period compares to crises in the past and how it might be studied in the future. You can watch […]

The History of the History (Department)

History academic assistants Ayushi Kalyani and Adam Johnson Note: The following post was created by History Department Lund-Davis academic assistants who researched the history of the department in the Gustavus College Archives. Photos by Ayushi Kalyani. Text by Adam Johnson. Everything, ultimately, has a history. Rocks, people, nations, ideals; if there is information, you can […]

Humanities Majors: Happy, Socially Useful, and Well-Compensated

Myth: Welders make more than philosophers. Reality: Happy, social useful, and well-compensated Humanities majors. The data are clear: Contrary to the distortions and in some cases outright lies circulating in our society about the Humanities and the traditional Liberal Arts, persons who major in those areas are not only well-compensated but also highly satisfied in their jobs. […]

James M. McPherson on “Why the Civil War Still Matters”

An interesting and timely interview with Gustavus’s own distinguished alum and leading historian of the Civil War, Prof. James M. McPherson. The interviewer, who writes and edits for History News Network (HNN) where the interview appears, mentions Gustavus. As McPherson notes, there was no Civil War history course when he attended. There is now, and […]

Prof. Glenn Kranking Publishes Article on Repatriation of Estonian-Swedes

Congratulations(!) to Professor Glenn Kranking whose article, “Leaving the ESSR: Sweden’s Attempts at Repatriating the Estonian-Swedes from Soviet-Controlled Estonia, 1940-1941” has been published in the Journal of Baltic Studies 46, no. 4 (2015): 458-70. Prof. Kranking notes that his article “seems to be one of 3 articles relating to Sweden and the Soviet-occupied Baltic States, […]

The History Major Pays

See this recent and excellent myth-busting article in Forbes by Wilson Peden of the Association of American Colleges & Universities which demolishes, once again, the persistent myth that humanities majors are unemployable or, at best, destined to mediocre earnings. The opposite is true, though one might not know it from all the ill-informed and sometimes […]

Rembrandt’s Jews (book recommendation by Eric Carlson)

Many times, authors or publishers will give a book about a very narrow topic a very general title in order to sell more copies.  This is an example of the opposite phenomenon.  Art historian Steven Nadler has written a marvelous book that is certainly about Rembrandt’s interactions with (including drawings and paintings of) Amsterdam’s Jews–but is also […]

Book Recommendation: The Crimean War, by Orlando Figes

I have just finished reading The Crimean War, by Orlando Figes, Professor of History at the University of London. The book came out a few years ago, but for once my slowness to get to a book paid off. It could not be more timely. Through his discussion of the Crimean War, Figes cast a […]