Congratulations to Earl Ray Beck Professor of History Robert Gellately on his new book, Stalin's Curse, Battling for Communism in War and Cold War published with Knopf.

Read the following reviews on Stalin's Curse published in THE Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

We recently mailed out the department's newsletter for 2012. If you missed it, you can catch up on all our news (in PDF form) here.

Our PhDs continue to publish at a great clip. In 2012, we counted at least seven new titles--see the list here. If we missed your book, get in touch.

Congratulations to Ed Gray on the release of the Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution, which he edited with Jane Kamensky. The book's thirty-three essays offer the latest scholarship on the Revolution. Buy it here or at your local bookseller.

Professor Jim Jones, teacher of generations (and generations), has been awarded FSU's highest honor: a personal parking spot mere steps from the Bellamy building. For a recent profile of Professor Jones, click here. To see the sort of company he keeps, click here.

Jon Kent Thompson (B.A. expected Spring 2013) was awarded an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award from the FSU Undergraduate Research Office. His project, entitled "Catfish Pearls: Preserving the History and Culture of North Florida’s Coastal Towns and Peoples," is supervised by Dr. Sheppard. Thompson exhibited this poster at the URCA symposium in October 2012.

Across the Spectrum, the newsletter of the College of Arts and Sciences, offered a profile of Prof. Jim Jones in its summer issue. If you are one of his 21,000 former students, or even if you're one of the few who are not, you can read about his 54 years in the department here.

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Garretson, who published A Victorian Gentleman and Ethiopian Nationalist: The Life and Times of Hakim Wärqenäh, Dr. Charles Martin with James Currey in June. More details here.

This online course, offered by Prof. Koslow, examines the theory and practice of the ways in which history is collected, preserved, and interpreted using digital mediums. Students will explore the critical debates surrounding the opportunities and limitations in using new media in historical practice, which entails researching, writing, and presenting historical arguments. Building on those analyses, students will evaluate the utility of digital tools for historical practice. Students will also engage in the process of creating digital history themselves. More information.

Peter Simons (PhD Chicago 2012) will join the department this fall as postdoctoral fellow in History of Science/Environmental History of the North. He will be working with Professor Ronald E. Doel. For more on his research, see his profile.