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Dalhousie Historians in the Field

Whether it is presenting our findings at conferences, or maintaining a prolific publishing agenda, the History faculty is very much in the international scholarly eye.  Undergraduate and graduate students in our program have the opportunity to work with scholarly historians who are not only current, but indeed are defining the practice and interpretation of history as we speak.

Current Research Projects (2014-15)


Jerry Bannister

Jerry Bannister is working on a book, tentatively entitled: The Historian's Gaze: Essays on Memory and Meaning. Under contract with University of Toronto Press.

Chris Bell

During this year, Chris Bell is researching and writing a book on Winston Churchill and the Dardanelles Campaign of World War 1. Under contract with Oxford University Press.

Sarah-Jane Corke

Sarah-Jane Cork is working on a biography of John Paton Davies, a prominent American diplomat during the 1940s and 1950s.

Jack Crowley

Jack Crowley is in the midst of a new project entitled "The Cartographic Origins of Empire:  Mapping Insular and Overseas Britain, 1560-1790". Funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2011-14)

Amal Ghazal

Amal Ghazal is currently exploring the relationship between reformist Islam (known as Islahi Islam) and nationalism in the Arab world (Egypt, Oman, Algeria and Tunisia) in the period 1919-1939. Funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2011-2014).

Gregory Hanlon

Gergory Hanlon is pursuing two projects. The first is a study of the way armies fought the Thirty Years War in Northern Italy, and the impact of war on the civilian population. The second project explores the phenomenon of routine infanticide by married couples in the West, probably very similar to that occurring in Asia.

Mona Holmlund

Mona Holmlund is working towards finishing her project, "Art at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Cultural History of the Visual Arts in Saskatchewan." Funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2010-2013)

Krista Kesselring

Krista Kesselring is pursuing a research project on the history of homicide in early modern England, c. 1500-1700.

Denis Kozlov

Our Russian/Soviet Historian, Denis Kozlov, is currently beginning a study on the cultural history of migrations in twentieth-century Russia.

Gary Kynoch

Gary Kynoch is currently concluding a book, tentatively entitled War on the Reef: Township Violence and the End of Apartheid, 1990-94. Funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2006-10).

Colin Mitchell

Colin Mitchell is researching and writing a book on the institution of royal princes and princely space in the medieval Islamic world (1000-1650). Funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2012-15) and under contract with Edinburgh University Press.

Cynthia Neville

Cynthia Neville is currently working on a history of the institution and practice of Royal Pardons in medieval Scotland. Funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2010-13).

Jolanta Pekacz

Jolanta Pekacz's current research explores the ways in which memory of the Old Regime served as a source of individual and collective identity in nineteenth-century France.

Justin Roberts

His current project examines population management, the spread and development of plantation systems and the expansion of empire in the seventeenth-century English and Dutch Caribbean. Dr. Roberts is particularly interested in the Barbadian Diaspora in the 1650s and 1660s and in English settlement in Surinam.

Paddy Riley

Paddy Riley is currently finishing a book about slavery and democratic politics in the early United States. Under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Shirley Tillotson

Shirley Tillotson has recently published a monograph on the cultural history of taxation in 20th century Canada. As an Inglis Professor of the University of King’s College, she is currently pursuing research in two areas: tax culture in Canada since 1917 and the regulation of controversial broadcasting in Canada between 1945 and 1975.

Phil Zachernuk

Phil Zachernuk is currently working on a major project entitled “The Predicaments of Colonial Intellectuals: Nigerians and Inventions of Africa c. 1890-1950.”


Recent Publications by Faculty (2011-14)

Gregory Hanlon

The Hero of Italy: Odoardo, Duke of Parma, His Soldiers, and His Subjects in the Thirty Years' War

Oxford University Press, 2014

John H. Maurer and Christopher M. Bell (eds)

At The Crossroads Between Peace And War
The London Naval Conference of 1930

Naval Institute Press, 2014

Krista Kesselring and Tim Stretton (eds)

Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World

McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013

Denis Kozlov and Eleonory Gilburd (eds)

The Thaw: Soviet Society and Culture during the 1950s and 1960s

University of Toronto Press, 2013

Denis Kozlov

The Readers of Novyi Mir: Coming to Terms with the Stalinist Past

Harvard University Press, 2013

Justin Roberts

Slavery and the Enlightenment in the British Atlantic, 1750–1807

Cambridge University Press, 2013

Jerry Bannister and Liam Riordan (eds)

The Loyal Atlantic: Remaking the British Atlantic in the Revolutionary Era

University of Toronto Press, 2012

Chris Bell

Churchill and Sea Power

Oxford University Press, 2012

Michael Cross

A Biography of Robert Baldwin: The Mourning-Star of Memory

Oxford University Press, 2012

Cynthia Neville and Grant Simpson (eds)

The Acts of Alexander III King of Scots 1249-1286: Regesta Regum Scottorum Vol 4 Part 1

Edinburgh University Press, 2012

Peter Waite

In Search of R.B. Bennett

McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012

Jack Crowley

Imperial Landscapes: Britain's Global Visual Culture

Yale University Press, 2011

Denis Kozlov

Guest editor to special issue "The Thaw and After: Late Soviet Culture and Society" of Russian Studies in History (Vol. 49, No. 4)


Colin Mitchell (ed.)

New Perspectives on Safavid Iran: Empire and Society (Iranian Studies Series #8)

Routledge Ltd., 2011

Conferences and Workshops (2014-15)

Sept. Colin Mitchell “Itinerant Authorities: Princes, Governance, and City-Space in 15-16th-century Khurasan” Workshop - Whither the Early Modern State? Fifteenth-Century State Formations Across Eurasia: Connections, Divergences, and Comparisons, (University of Ghent)
  Justin Roberts
"Surrendering Surinam: The Politics of Barbadian Expansion and the Early English Atlantic, 1650-1675" Early American Seminar Series (Oct. 17, Dept. of History, University of Maryland)
Oct. Colin Mitchell "'Battles Decide Everything': Chaldiran and Change in Early Safavid Iran"
Workshop - Beyond the Sunni-Shiite Conflict: The Ottomans and the Safavids in the Early Modern Era (Oct. 23-24, Indiana University)  
  Colin Mitchell “Political Patronage and Spiritual Sponsorship in 15-16th-century Ottoman Amasya” Workshop - Monarchische Herrschaft und religiöse Vergemeinschaftung (Rulers and Religious Confraternities), (Nov. 6-7, University of Münster)
Nov. Amal Ghazal
"The Empire in the Sahara: WWI in the Maghrib, Pan-Ottomanism and Mzabi Independence" Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (Nov. 22-25, Washington D.C.)
  Gary Kynoch
“State Power, Crime and Violence in Democratic South Africa” Annual Meeting of the Association of African Studies (Nov. 23-25, Indianapolis)
Dec. Amal Ghazal
"Counter-Currents: Mzabi Independence, pan-Ottomanism and WWI in the Maghrib," 
Workshop - The Peripheries of World War I: New Methodological and Spatial Perspectives (Nov. 30-Dec.2, NYUAD Saadiyat Island Campus, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
March Colin Mitchell “A Rear-View Mirror-for-Prince?: The Zubdat al-nasa’ih and Timurid Influences on Ottoman Political Advice Literature" Annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (March 26-28, Berlin)

Research Leaves, Sojourns and Sabbaticals (2014-15)

2014 (Summer)
Justin Roberts Research trips for archival sources in Surinam and Amsterdam, Holland
2014 (Summer) Colin Mitchell Research trip to Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin and Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, Austria
2015 (Summer) Colin Mitchell Research trip to Topkapi Palace Museum Library (Istanbul, Turkey) and al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Sciences (Tashkent, Uzbekitan)