Department of History

European History

Europe has played a significant role in world history. It is the birthplace of both the modern nation state and the most successful supranational integration; of a wide range of religious traditions; of representative democracy and the rule of law; of multinational and global empires; of industrialization, the scientific revolution, and Enlightenment; of liberal democracy, socialism, and fascism and some of the most destructive political behavior in world history.

Our European faculty bridge the premodern, early modern, and modern periods; our breadth of coverage of early modern empires is particularly unusual. Among early Europeanists the predominant interest is Western Europe, while most of the modernists focus on Central and Eastern Europe. Areas of strength include the British Isles, the Iberian Peninsula, France, Germany and Central Europe, Romania and Southeastern Europe, Russia and the USSR, and Eurasia. The faculty pays particular attention not only to internal European connections and comparisons but also to changing boundaries and evolving relationships beyond, including imperial systems and their legacies. Exploring the mental maps and material means through which Europeans have attempted to position themselves within the wider world are an important part of any reflection on European history. 

Thus, our graduate field highlights the global contexts and impact of European ideas, culture, political institutions and ideologies, economic shifts, and social movements. Given the global reach of European history, many members of other regional groups have complementary European research interests and vice versa. While historians of Western Europe pay as much attention to the Atlantic as to the wider European contexts of their regional field, the Central and Eastern Europeanists think beyond the traditional East-West divide of European history and take the wider Eurasian context of the area into consideration.

Resources

The program draws on existing relationships with and resources of Pitt's Russian and East European Studies Center and Center for European Studies. Both of these UCIS centers have received federal grants in the last several competitions; the University of Pittsburgh is also one of 10 European Union Centers in the United States. Funds are available for graduate fellowships, conferences, travel, and research. History graduate students and faculty are frequent recipients of UCIS grants.

We hope students and faculty can join together in meeting the new intellectual and practical challenges of studying the European heritage in broad perspective.

Faculty

Elizabeth Archibald
Visiting Assistant Professor
William Chase
Professor
412-648-7470
Janelle Greenberg
Professor
412-648-7461
Bernard Hagerty
Senior Lecturer
412-648-7412
Leslie Hammond
Lecturer 2
412-648-7480
Diego Holstein
Professor
Holger Hoock
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (effective May 1, 2017)
412-648-7468
Irina Livezeanu
Associate Professor
412-648-7466
Tony Novosel
Undergraduate Advisor & Senior Lecturer
412-648-7464
James Pickett
Assistant Professor
412-648-7487
Pernille Røge
Assistant Professor
Gregor Thum
Associate Professor
412-648-7465
Molly Warsh
Assistant Professor
Katja Wezel
DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor
412-648-7476
Emily Winerock
Visiting Assistant Professor
412-624-2297