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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.

A trenchant historical analysis from Peter A. Shulman featured in the Washington Post

Date posted: April 28th, 2017

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Ted Steinberg is honored with a Faculty Distinguished Research Award.

Date posted: April 20th, 2017

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John Grabowski explains how WWI impacted Cleveland’s economy with Cleveland Plain Dealer writer Brian Albrecht.

Date posted: April 5th, 2017

John Grabowski explains how World War I impacted Cleveland’s economy with Plain Dealer writer Brian Albrecht. Read the article here. …Read more.

Peter Shulman discusses Google’s featured snippets are worse than fake news with The Outline

Date posted: March 20th, 2017

Click here to read Peter Shulman’s interview with The Outline. …Read more.

John Broich’s latest article uncovering the truth about fascism in the Middle East during World War II

Date posted: March 15th, 2017

Click here to read the article written for Slate.com. …Read more.

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.

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