What can old maps teach us about world history? What sorts of evidence do they offer, and is displaying evidence the main purpose of these maps, or can they do other things?
Peter Nekola August 1, 2017
What did the rise and expansion of the Ottoman Empire look like in the eyes of European observers? How did the Ottomans shape the political and religious history of early modern Europe?
Edin Hajdarpasic, Loyola University March 15, 2017
Why did British imperialism take the form it did in India? How did this change the lives of colonial servants in India? Why did individual Britons go to India? What did they expect to find there? What common experiences did they have? Ruby Daily October 29, 2015
Who identified as “American” during the Revolution? To what extent did the American Revolution serve the interests of all inhabitants of the emerging nation?
Carolyn Latshaw, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution–Chicago Chapter 2014 Newberry Teacher Fellow September 22, 2014
Why did France’s empire expand to so many parts of the world in the early modern period? How did its expansion shape the history of the United States, Canada, Haiti, and other modern-day countries?
Blake Smith September 14, 2014
How did Cervantes’ Don Quixote respond to the social conditions and literary traditions of early modern Spain?
Hana Layson and Glen Carman October 23, 2013
How do maps tell the early history of Chicago and the Midwest? How have maps been used by different empires and nations to secure control of the region?
Hana Layson and Diane Dillon October 22, 2013
What can maps tell us about how people from different times, places, and cultures make sense of their world? How did maps and mapmaking influence the development of colonial North America?
Neal Dugre September 1, 2013
How did French people bring about—or resist—the transition from monarchy to republic during the Revolution? What did it mean to become a citizen of the new nation?
Hana Layson and Jessica Grzegorski with Valentina Tikoff February 26, 2013
How did people interpret the events of the American Revolution in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? How did the meaning of the Revolution change over time? In what ways has the Revolution meant different things to different people at any given time?
Hana Layson with Eric Slauter December 6, 2012
What arguments did eighteenth-century writers make about the slave trade? How are these arguments based in understandings of African civilization? How does Olaudah Equiano contribute to these debates?
Hana Layson with Valentina Tikoff October 22, 2012