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History asks fundamental questions about the nature of change over time. History is our collective memory; studying the past reveals the enormous complexity of the human experience and highlights the contingency of our contemporary world. Because no contemporary political, cultural, or economic issue can be understood outside of its historical context, History offers an ideal foundation for students interested in law, medicine, international relations, public policy, and women’s studies, as well as an intellectual complement for students pursuing science and engineering. Indeed, the history major at CWRU, as nationally, is traditionally one of the preferred preparatory paths for admission to law school. Thinking historically means learning how to frame complex problems, sift through multifaceted evidence, and develop carefully argued writing. Our students carry these skills far beyond graduation, pursuing careers in the professions, business, government, as well as advanced doctoral study.

Our department has a long and prestigious tradition that stretches back to the origins of Western Reserve University in 1826. Today, our faculty specialize in a range of thematic and regional subjects. We have a strong tradition in the study of social, cultural, legal, policy, and political history, which together constitutes a major component of our graduate program. Our other focus of graduate study—the history of science, technology, the environment, and medicine (STEM)—has its roots in Case’s pioneering graduate program in the history of technology in the late 1950s (the first of its kind in the United States), as well as its role in founding the Society for the History of Technology. Our department also maintains a strong international focus with faculty who specialize in European, Asian, African, and Latin American history.

Jonathan Sadowsky’s interview with public radio’s Elana Gordon

Date posted: February 20th, 2017

Click here to listen to “How electroconvulsive therapy’s troubled past has colored its modern use,” the public radio interview with Jonathan Sadowsky. …Read more.

John Grabowski reflects on 48 years spent with Western Reserve Historical Society.

Date posted: February 15th, 2017

Click here to read John Grabowski’s interview with Plain Dealer writer Grant Segall …Read more.

History’s John Grabowski discusses rise and fall of mom-and-pop grocers in Cleveland

Date posted: February 9th, 2017

Click here to read Patrick Cooley’s interview of John Grabowski for The Plain Dealer …Read more.

Read John Broich’s latest article “The Priest Turned Media Mogul Who Stirred Up A Populist Frenzy”

Date posted: January 25th, 2017

Click here to read John Broich’s article where he discusses Father Charles Coughlin’s rise to fame through radio sermons, and his eventual political shift. …Read more.

Johnathan Sadowsky’s most recent piece in the Conversation on Electroconvulsive Therapy

Date posted: January 18th, 2017

 

Click here to read Johnathan Sadowsky’s article  “Electroconvulsive Therapy: A history of controversy, but also of help” from the Conversation. …Read more.

John Grabowski’s latest blog post for the American Historical Association

Date posted: January 6th, 2017

 
Click here to read John Grabowksi’s article, Cleveland 2016: LeBron, Trump, and LIfe after the 10th Inning, in AHA Today.

 
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John Broich examines American journalists reporting on European fascism in the 1920s and 1930s.

Date posted: December 12th, 2016

Click here to read John Broich’s piece, “Normalizing fascists” from the Conversation. …Read more.

History’s Peter Shulman explains the origins of “energy independence”

Date posted: December 9th, 2016

Click here to read Peter Shulman’s article on the Daily Beast. …Read more.

What Charles Dickens’s Britain Has to Do with the 2016 Election by John Broich

Date posted: November 14th, 2016

Click here to read John Broich’s article on the History News Network webpage. …Read more.

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