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Professor Emeritus William Warren Rogers passed away on October 7, 2017 at age 88. Professor Rogers taught at FSU from 1961 until his retirement in 1996. He published widely on the 19th Century American South. A remembrance by Gerald Ensley, published in the Tallahassee Democrat, can be read here.

Rafe Blaufarb's The Great Demarcation: The French Revolution and the Invention of Modern Property (Oxford University Press, 2016) has been awarded the J Russell Major Prize by the American Historical Association.  The prize is awarded annually for the best work in English on any aspect of French history.  Congratulations, Rafe!

Will Hanley's new book Identifying with Nationality: Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria has been published by Columbia University Press.  From the publisher: "Nationality is the most important legal mechanism sorting and classifying the world's population today. An individual's place of birth or naturalization determines where he or she can and cannot be and what he or she can and cannot do. Although this system may appear universal, even natural, Will Hanley shows that it arose just a century ago. In Identifying with Nationality, he uses the Mediterranean city of Alexandria to develop a genealogy of the nation and the formation of the modern national subject. Identifying with Nationality traces the advent of modern citizenship to multinational, transimperial settings such as turn-of-the-century colonial Alexandria, where ordinary people abandoned old identifiers and grasped nationality as the best means to access the protections promised by expanding states. The result was a system that continues to define and divide people through status, mobility, and residency."  Congratulations Will!

Kristine Harper's new book Make It Rain: State Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America has been published by The University of Chicago Press.  From the publisher: "In Make It Rain, Kristine C. Harper tells the long and somewhat ludicrous history of state-funded attempts to manage, manipulate, and deploy the weather in America. Harper shows that governments from the federal to the local became helplessly captivated by the idea that weather control could promote agriculture, health, industrial output, and economic growth at home, or even be used as a military weapon and diplomatic tool abroad. Clear fog for landing aircraft? There’s a project for that. Gentle rain for strawberries? Let’s do it! Enhanced snowpacks for hydroelectric utilities? Check. The heyday of these weather control programs came during the Cold War, as the atmosphere came to be seen as something to be defended, weaponized, and manipulated. Yet Harper demonstrates that today there are clear implications for our attempts to solve the problems of climate change."  Congratulations Kristine!

Andrew Frank's new book Before the Pioneers: Indians, Settlers, Slaves, and the Founding of Miami has been published by The University Press of Florida. From the publisher: "Before the Pioneers takes readers back through forgotten eras to the stories of the people who shaped the land along the Miami River long before most modern histories of the city begin. Andrew Frank begins the chronicle of the Magic City’s long history 4,000 years ago when Tequesta Indians settled at the mouth of the river, erecting burial mounds, ceremonial centers, and villages. They created a network of constructed and natural waterways through the Everglades and trade routes to the distant Calusa on the west coast. Centuries later, the area became a stopover for Spanish colonists on their way to Havana, a haven where they could shelter from storms and obtain freshwater, lumber, and other supplies. Frank brings to life the vibrant colonies of fugitives and seafarers that formed on the shores of Biscayne Bay in the eighteenth century. He tells of the emergence of the tropical fruit plantations and the accompanying enslaved communities, as well as the military occupation during the Seminole Wars. Eventually, the small seaport town flourished with the coming of “pioneers” like Julia Tuttle and Henry Flagler who promoted the city as a place of luxury and brought new waves of residents from the North.

Also joining the History Department and the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution is Cathy McClive, a social and cultural historian of medicine, gender, embodiment and expertise in ancien regime France. Dr. McClive has published widely in French and English on masculinities, legal medicine, pregnancy, puberty and menstruation in early modern France. Her articles appear in History Workshop Journal, Social History of Medicine, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Eighteenth-Century Studies and Annales de Demographie Historique.

The History Department and the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution are happy to welcome Elizabeth Cross, a historian of eighteenth-century France and its empire whose work emphasizes the history of political economy and capitalism. Dr. Cross received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2017. Her current book manuscript, "The French East India Company and the Politics of Commerce in the Revolutionary Era," argues that the circumstances surrounding the creation and dissolution of the last French East India Company further our understanding of the roles played by globalization and economic institutions in revolutionary political transformations. Her publications include "The Myth of the Foreign Enemy?

We are very pleased that Nilay Özok-Gündogan, a specialist in Ottoman and modern Middle East history, is joining our department. Dr. Özok-Gündogan's major research project concerns the Kurdish principalities in the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. Her work emphasizes questions of state-making, changing property regimes, and inter-ethnic relations in comparative imperial peripheries. Her recent publications include “Ruling the Periphery, Governing the Land: The Making of the Modern Ottoman State in Kurdistan, 1840-1870” in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East and the entry on the Ottoman Empire in Wiley's Encyclopedia of Empire. She has published numerous Turkish translations of English-language academic works. Dr. Özok-Gündogan received her Ph.D.

We are pleased to welcome Maximilian Scholz, a historian of religion with a specialization in the Reformation, who will join the department this fall. Dr. Scholz received his PhD in 2016 from Yale University, where his dissertation won the Elizabethan Club Award for best dissertation on a Renaissance or Early Modern topic. Entitled “Exile and the Recasting of the Reformation: Frankfurt am Main, 1554-1618,” it explores the fate and impact of religious exiles by focusing on the German city of Frankfurt am Main, which became a bastion of displaced peoples in the second half of the sixteenth century. Scholz is also the author of “Exile, Accommodation, and the Advent of Confessions: The Case of Frankfurt’s Reformed Walloons,” which will appear in Reformed Majorities and Minorities, ed. Herman Selderhuis (Vanderhoeck and Ruprechtt, 2017). He has been the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Germany (2011), the William Crozier Award for excellence in teaching (2014), and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany (2016-2017). This fall he will teach courses on the Reformation (EUH 4144) and Modern World to 1815 (WOH 1023).

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society has appointed Prof. Suzanne Sinke as the new editor of the Journal of American Ethnic History. Read the announcement here. The Journal of American Ethnic History the JAEH "addresses various aspects of North American immigration history and American ethnic history, including background of emigration, ethnic and racial groups, Native Americans, race and ethnic relations, immigration policies, and the processes of incorporation, integration, and acculturation." Congratulations on this honor, Prof. Sinke!