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Professor Eric Rauchway to air on C-SPAN3's American History TV

A lecture by University of California, Davis professor Eric Rauchway will air on C-SPAN3’s American History TV (AHTV) this Saturday, January 24, at 8:00 p.m. ET. In Davis, California, C-SPAN3 is available on channel 98.

In this class, Professor Rauchway talks about the role the British Royal Air Force played as part of the Allied strategy during World War II. He describes how proponents of air power -- still fairly new at the time -- had to compete with the army and navy for resources. One of the major air force campaigns was the British bombing of Cologne which was viewed as retaliation for the bombing of London by German forces.

Each Saturday at 8:00 p.m., a different college lecture is featured as part of the channel’s “Lectures in History” series.

Professor Rauchway’s class will available for online viewing in its entirety after it airs at

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Walker's book one of 2014's best

The Financial Times has selected Prof. Charles Walker's The Tupac Amaru Rebellion (Harvard, 2014) as one of the best books of 2014. The editor praises Walker for a "masterly treatment" of an event whose "impact resonates in modern Latin American politics" even now.

The rest of the Financial Times list can be seen here.

What's a History major worth?

According to a new report on, a humanities degree from UC-Davis may be more lucrative than you think. UCD ranks third in salary potential for humanities majors among the universities the Payscale study reviewed, with a mean starting salary of $41,400 and a mean mid-career salary of $96,200.

Check out the report here, and when you're done, take a look at our winter courses!

Susan Mann Receives AHA Award for Scholarly Distinction

Susan Mann, professor of History, emerita, has been announced as one of three winners of the American Historical Association's 2014 Award for Scholarly Distinction. These annual awards "honor senior historians in the United States for lifetime achievement in the discipline."

The AHA's prize committee highlighted the distinguished contributions of two of Mann's prize-winning monographs, Precious Records: Women in China's Long Eighteenth Century (1997) and The Talented Women of the Zhang Family (2007). In sum, the committee concluded, Prof. Mann "is unquestionably the premier historian of women and gender in late imperial/early modern China."

Prof. Mann will be honored at a ceremony at the 129th Annual Meeting of the AHA in New York, NY, January 2-5, 2015.

Daniel Stolzenberg receives 2014 Marraro Prize

Egyptian OedipusThe American Catholic Historical Association is pleased to announce that the 2014 Howard R. Marraro book prize has been awarded to Daniel Stolzenberg of the University of California, Davis forEgyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity published by the University of Chicago Press.  In announcing its decision, the Marraro Committee noted that “In this carefully researched and skillfully argued book, Stolzenberg provides both an in-depth analysis of Athanasius Kircher’s work on Egyptian hieroglyphics, and an explanation for the book’s popularity for over a century after its publication.  By meticulously re-creating the intellectual milieu of 17th-century Europe, the author demonstrates how, even in its fundamental unreliability, Egyptian Oedipus reflected important intellectual trends, combining both the past and the future of European scholarship.” Professor Stolzenberg will be honored during the annual ACHA Presidential Luncheon to be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015, in New York City.

Charles Walker declared an "Honorary Professor"

Charles Walker, Professor of History and Director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, was declared an "Honorary Professor" by the History Department at the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cuzco (Peru) on August 6.  Professor Walker taught at the UNSAAC in 1989 and 1990 and has returned most summers since, offering a course in Cusco under UCD's Summer Sessions International program.

Members of the History Department and the UNSAAC administrators honored Professor Walker in a closing ceremony at a National History Conference in Cusco attended by more than 300 people.  Chancellor Germán Zecenarro lauded Professor Walker's publications on Cusco and his close collaboration with students and faculty.

Alan Taylor Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize

Congratulations to Alan Taylor, Professor of History, for winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book "The Internal Enemy:  Slavery and War in Virginia: 1771 - 1832" (WW.Norton)

Kelman wins 2014 Bancroft Prize

Congratulations Ari Kelman, Professor of History, History Project Faculty Advisor, and associate vice provost of Undergraduate Education for Honors, for winning the Bancroft Prize for his monograph: A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard University Press, 2013).

Cross-Cultural Women's and Gender History Guest Seminar Lecture

Dr. Anjali Arondekar will present a lecture entitled "In the Absence of Reliable Ghosts: Sexuality, Historiography, South Asia”

Professor Arondekar is an associate professor in the Department of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz and author of For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India (Duke, 2009).

The lecture will take place on February 6th from 4:00 to 5:30 in the Andrews Room (2203 SSH).

American Women's History and the Global Turn

Over the last decade, transnational and global history has transformed the field of US women’s history. Join US women's historians Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor and Lisa Materson on December 5 from 9:30-11:30 on the campus of the University of California at Davis for a lively discussion about this foundational shift in the field.

For more information about this event, please visit the workshop webpage.

Peter Kornbluh: "Understanding the U.S. Role in Chile: 40 Years after the Coup"

National Security Archive Senior Analyst Peter Kornbluh will lecture on the declassified record of U.S. intervention in Chile and its legacy forty years later.

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Slavery, Emancipation, and Sexual Violence: A View from the History of African American Women

US women's historians Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor and Lisa Materson will discuss the roles of gender and sexual violence in the histories of slavery, emancipation, and the civil rights movement in the United States.

Part of the Campus Community Book Project, this presentation will take place on November 5, 2013 at noon in the DeCarli Room, Memorial Union.

Eugene Lunn Memorial Lecture 2013-2014

The Eugene Lunn Memorial Lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm in the A.G.R. Room of the Buehler Alumni Center, with a reception to follow; it is free and open to the public.

This year's Lunn Lecturer is Jill Lepore, The David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and staff writer at The New Yorker. Lepore will speak on "Jane Franklin's Spectacles: Or, the Education of Benjamin Franklin's Sister," based on her most recent book, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (2013).

Lepore’s lecture includes insight on Benjamin Franklin’s long-forgotten sister, who was not included in his now famous memoir. In this illustrated lecture, Lepore meditates on what it means to write history not from what can be found, but from what has been lost.

Bossler Wins Social Science Dean's Award

Professor Beverly Bossler won the Social Science Dean's Award for Innovation in Research. Professor Bossler also recently published a book entitled Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity.

Professor Daniel Stolzenberg Wins UC President's Faculty Fellowship

Professor Daniel Stolzenberg will receive the UC President's Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities for the 2013-2014 academic year. Professor Stolzenberg will use the fellowship to conduct archival research for a book project about the early modern origins of Orientalist scholarship, focusing on Rome as a Mediterranean entrepôt for the circulation of knowledge between Christian and Islamic societies.

History Department Liu Lecture

Prof. Janet Theiss of the University of Utah will deliver this year's History Department Liu Lecture, in honor of the late K.C. Liu, Professor Emeritus of the department. Prof. Theiss' lecture, entitled "Illicit Intimacies in the “Flourishing Age”: A Scandal and Its Afterlife in 18th-Century China," will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 4pm in the Andrews Conference Room.

History Department Seminar

Professor Kyu Hyun Kim will speak on "The Great Rabbit Pet Boom of 1872 and Other Curious Cases from the  Cultural History of Late 19th Century Japan." Wednesday, May 29th, 12:10-1:30 in 2303 SSH (Andrews Room).

History Department Colloquium

Peter Holquist, University of Pennsylvania
"Crimes against Humanity: Genealogy of a Concept, 1815-1945"
Monday, May 13th, SSH 2203 (Andrews Room), 12:10-1:30. Co-sponsored by MESA

Many people identify the concept of "crimes against humanity"with the Nuremberg Trial and view it as a reaction to the Holocaust. In fact, the first penal use of the concept had come three decades before, in the Allies' May 24, 1915 Note to the Ottoman government regarding the Armenian genocide. Professor Holquist's presentation will examine three stages of the emergence of this concept: first, the nineteenth-century precedents of the concept of "crimes against humanity"; second, the negotiations and drafting of the 1915 note and debates around the use of the term "crimes against humanity"; and, finally, the fate of the concept in the interwar years, leading up to the Nuremberg Trials in 1945-1946. In particular, the presentation will trace the remarkable and overlooked prominence of imperial Russia in the development and usage of this concept.

Susan Mann, Professor Emerita, to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Susan Mann, Professor emerita, has just been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the country. A specialist in the history of Qing dynasty (1644-1911) China, Mann has been a pioneer is bringing the study of gender to the field of Chinese history. In three books, an edited volume, and innumerable articles, Mann's innovative and trenchant scholarship reshaped our understanding of Chinese government and society. A natural leader, she  served as chair of the History department and as President of the Association for Asian Studies, the most important scholarly organization in the Asia field. Mann is widely renowned for her graciousness and unstintingly generosity; she enjoys the widespread esteem and friendship of her colleagues and the enduring appreciation of former students.

Evidence in the Seventeenth Century

English Professor Fran Dolan and History Professor Daniel Stolzenberg will be discussing their new books, The Relations: Reading Literature and Evidence in Seventeenth-Century England and Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 8th from 12:00 to 1:30 pm in the Andrews Conference Room (2203 SSH).

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