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The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission has selected the design team of Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard, and their design concept “The Weight of Sacrifice” for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park: A message from Professor Justin Olmstead

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission has selected the design team of Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard,
and their design concept “The Weight of Sacrifice” for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

Commissioner Dr. Libby O’Connell

“World War I had a lasting impact on our world, but so many people have forgotten its lessons and the service of millions of American men and women. Yesterday, the World War One Centennial Commission announced the winner of the national memorial design competition. As a WW1CC Commissioner, I am thrilled that we will be partnering with Joseph Weishaar to build a national memorial that will honor the service provided by almost five million Americans in the Great War. There are many ways you can help in your community and across your state, so please click here to learn more about the National World War One Memorial in Pershing Park, as well as commemorative activities in communities across the country. Together, we can make sure these extraordinary young Americans get the recognition they deserve. CLICK HERE http://www.ww1cc.org/selectee”

General Barry McCaffrey USA (Ret.)
“There is a good argument that World War One, this immense tragedy that ended empires, changed the political and economic map of the world, was one of the most senseless wars that was ever fought, and arguably one of the most consequential. At the end of the day this is about American soldiers, sailors, Marines, the beginning of the Army Air Corps, and how they ended the war. We need you to support the Commission so these service men and women get the recognition they deserve.” Click here to learn more: http://www.ww1cc.org/selectee


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From Professor Tammy M. Proctor – Master’s Program in History, Utah State University


The History Department at Utah State University offers a Master’s program in History with strong themes in American West, environmental, religious, and comparative world history. Our program has placed students in major Ph.D. programs throughout the country, and provided access to employment in museums and archives, law, business, education, and many other fields requiring skills in historical interpretation, research, writing, speaking, and critical thinking. Master’s students are eligible for stipends as teaching and research assistants, and many receive full or partial funding for their tuition.

The small size of our program allows students to interact closely with faculty to tailor the program to meet individual needs. We work closely with other departments to offer opportunities for interdisciplinary study and to study classical and modern languages. Students can get practical experience through internships in state and local history museums, Utah State University’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Special Collections and Archives, and the university’s anthropology museum as well as other institutions throughout the state of Utah.

The graduate program offers several options to meet the needs of our students, thesis and non-thesis plans as well as M.A. and M.S. tracks. Students develop their interests by working closely with faculty knowledgeable and prominent in their fields. The program is designed to attract a wide array of graduate students with diverse career interests, including prospective public school teachers.

Our placement rate for students in jobs and PhD programs has been excellent. Check out our website for more information! http://history.usu.edu/htm/study/graduate-study

We have an excellent new fellowship for students interested in Hindu Studies:

Dr. Tammy M. Proctor
Department Head, History
Interim Department Head, Journalism and Communication
Utah State University

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The Middle Ground Journal, 2014-2015 Summary

The Middle Ground Journal, 2014-2015 Summary

Hong-Ming Liang, Ph.D. Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal, Associate Professor of History and Politics, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, USA.

Overview. The state of the journal is sound. Our 2015-2016 publication schedule is full. We are now scheduling pieces into Fall 2016. Our relationship with our host, The College of St. Scholastica, is excellent. The college has generously provided funding which allows for shipping books for review around the U.S. and the world, as well as engaging in online marketing campaigns. The college has continued to generously grant a course release for my work as the journal’s Chief Editor, and for the journal’s K-12 and undergraduate outreach project. We continue to receive broad based support from academic departments across the campus, particularly the Department of History and Politics and the School of Arts and Letters, and support from the college’s IT, Marketing, Library, and other departments.

Publishing. We have developed and published several ongoing and special forums. Within the next 3-5 years an additional 5-10 forums are being developed, they include forums on philosophy, on literature, on Europe and the World, and on graphic texts. Particularly noteworthy for this school year are special forums being organized by Professor Ann Waltner of the University of Minnesota, and Professor Birgit Schneider of University of Hong Kong. Professor Waltner’s forum will highlight the pedagogical uses of reviews for first semester Ph.D. candidates. Professor Schneider’s forum examines the pedagogical uses of scholarly reviews for advanced undergraduate courses. Both forums serve as templates for future participating professors and teachers. We have developed excellent working relationships with major publishers. We receive books from publishers and documentarians regularly. Approximately 70 books will be placed before the end of this school year, these reviews will cover 2016-2017 school year schedule, and we have approximately 150 books on reserve.

Others. Because of a generous budget for the 2014-2015 school year supplied by The College of St. Scholastica, we were able to establish The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy (http://NorthStarReports.Org) ISSN: 2377-908X as an affiliated publication. The NSR is student written and student edited, we currently have 30 student editors under my supervision. These students come from all parts of the campus, nursing to healthcare, natural sciences to economics. Articles from the NSR have been used by students at St. Scholastica, Duluth East High School, and North Star Academy (8th grade) in their studies. The NSR has published over 150 reports, covering all habitable continents around the globe, with articles tackling issues as serious as political conflicts and environmental degradation, to light hearted and insightful articles on food, music, “personal space” and so on. By the end of this school year over 200 reports will be published. NSR student editors also curate a Facebook page dedicated to annotated news articles concerning global and historical events. (http://Facebook.Com/NorthStarReports) Having witnessed how students receive these articles from K-12 classes to college classes, it is clear that this collaborative project between The Middle Ground Journal and St. Scholastica is innovative and well worthy of the substantial investment in time and resources.


(c) 2015 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 11, Fall, 2015. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.


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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies, 2015-2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies, 2015-2016

The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies (http://themiddlegroundjournal.org) is an open-access scholarly journal. We do not charge fees of any type to authors, reviewers, or readers. We serve as the interdisciplinary common ground shared by all who are committed to the studying and teaching of global studies and world history. We invite submissions of original research articles, essays on teaching, as well as reviews of nonfiction, fiction, film, television, websites, and other teaching and research artifacts. We encourage you to submit a review of a book or other artifact already in your possession. We call upon all contributors to address a broader audience beyond that of a traditional academic journal, and to shape the work so that it may be used in a classroom. Please see the journal’s website for the submission guidelines before submission. All inquiries should be directed to the chief editor, Professor Hong-Ming Liang, at HLIANG@CSS.EDU

Hong-Ming Liang, Ph.D., Chief Editor, The Middle Ground journal, Associate Professor of History and Politics, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, 55811USA. The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) is housed at The College of St. Scholastica and published by the Midwest World History Association. For additional information on the journal, please see http://www.facebook.com/middlegroundjournal


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World History Connected Volume 12, Number 1, February 2015 issue now available

From Professor Marc Gilbert: Announcing — World History Connected Volume 12, Number 1, February 2015 issue now available


The confluence of commemorations of the Civil War, the First and Second World Wars, and the Vietnam War is a reminder of the significance of the military in world history. Fortunately, the growth of world history over the past 30 years runs parallel to the expansion of military in terms of methodology and scope of interest. The February 2015 issue of World History Connected offers evidence of the richness of scholarship and teaching that is the result of these mutual developments. Its February Forum section throws fresh light on the role of the military in Mongol, Ottoman and Trans-Atlantic Empires and upends the assumption that the victors always those who shape the history of wars.

The Forum is followed by further articles of value in terms of both scholarship and teaching methodology. Sharika Crawford demonstrates that the role Africa and African soldiers of the British and French Empires during the Second World War are a means to incorporate Africa and Africans into the modern world history course that goes beyond the Scramble for Africa. She also argues that by identifying African wartime experiences in classroom coverage of the Second World War serves to raise subsequent questions regarding African ex-servicemens’ postwar experiences and whether these veterans affected nationalist movements in the 1950s and 1960s. Howard Spodek shows how student efforts to collect oral history interviews, especially from those who have experienced displace by war, are a superior means of “Doing World History.” John Maunu supplies an annotated digital resource for examining writing on military affairs from ancient times to 1450, which is but the first of several such resources that will appear in World History Connected in the coming years.

In the near future, issues of World History Connected will continue to explore dimensions of human conflict, such as the First and Second World Wars, but also address more pacific themes, including religious conversion, port cities, and the place of food in world history.

World History Connected welcomes the submission of articles and reviews on these and any other subject that can advance research and teaching in the still evolving field of world history.

Table of Contents

FORUM: The Military in World History

Introduction to the Forum on the Military in World History
Guest Editor: Douglas Streusand
Command of the Coast: The Mughal Navy and Regional Strategy
by Andrew De La Garza

The Falsest of Truisms: Who Writes History
by Richard L. DiNardo

The Transformational War: A New Understanding of the Ottoman Empire’s Long World War I
by James N. Tallon

The Chinggis Exchange: the Mongol Empire and Global Impact on Warfare
by Timothy May

Currents of Transatlantic Warfare: The European Revolutions and Martial Culture in Mexico, 1848-1867
by E. Mark Moreno
Beyond the Scramble: African Veterans, the Second World War and Decolonization in the World History Classroom
by Sharika Crawford

Ethnography meets History: The Personal Interview as a “Doing World History” Pedagogy, with Four Model Student Papers
by Howard Spodek

The Military and War in World History: A Digital Resource, Part I to 1450
by John Maunu
Book Reviews
Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker, Journey of the Universe
Roger R. Briggs, Journey to Civilization: The Science of How We Got Here
by Terry D. Goddard

Partha Mitter, Much Maligned Monsters: A History of European Reactions to Indian Art
by Bethe Hagens

Stephen Morillo, Frameworks of World History: Networks, Hierarchies, Culture
by Aiqun Hu

Caroline Elkins and Susan Peterson (eds.) Settler Colonialism in the Twentieth Century
Christopher Lloyd, Jacob Metzer, and Richard Sutch (eds.), Settler Economies in World History
Lionel Pilkington and Fiona Bateman (eds.) Studies in Settler Colonialism: Politics, Identity, and Culture
by Tom Laichas

Mary Jo Maynes and Ann Waltner. 2012. The Family: A World History
by Farid Pazhoohi

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Visualizing the World: Cinemas Use in the World History Survey


Visualizing the World: Cinemas Use in the World History Survey


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CALL FOR JOURNAL ARTICLES The Middle Ground Journal Ongoing Forum on: The Sequential World: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Manga, and the World of Sequential Art

CALL FOR JOURNAL ARTICLES The Middle Ground Journal Ongoing Forum on: The Sequential World: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Manga, and the World of Sequential Art

Editors: Dr. Maryanne Rhett and Dr. Hong-Ming Liang

Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and a vast array of other forms of sequential art pervade the world around us, but are only just recently being recognized for the their academic qualities, especially in the field of World History. In this forum we hope to discuss ways in which sequential art can better be used to explore themes of World History, engage students in the topics of World History, or elaborate to a non-academic audience the need for a global approach to history
We welcome articles on teaching and pedagogical uses of sequential art in the classroom, academic research related to graphic novels, comics, etc. particularly as they reflect a global perspective.

Please study the submission guidelines before submitting, see http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/HIS/historyjournal/index.cfm?cat=4&art=15 Submissions should be sent to the forum’s Coordinating Editor Maryanne Rhett, mrhett@monmouth.edu , and the Chief Editor, HM Liang, hliang@css.edu

This on-going forum will consist of three types of contributions:
• Research Articles (5,000-7,000 words)
• Case Studies (3,000-4,000 words)
• Book Reviews (800-1,000 words)

For research articles and case studies: please send max. 300-word abstracts, together with one-page CVs, to the Coordinating and the Chief Editors. For book reviews please send max. 150-word abstracts, together with one-page CVs, to both editors. Please email all contributions for the initial installment of the forum by January 30, 2015. The final articles will be due April 30, 2015.

The Middle Ground Journal is an open-access, refereed journal of world history and global studies housed at The College of St. Scholastica and published by the Midwest World History Association (MWWHA), an affiliate of the World History Association (WHA). We do not charge fees any type to our authors, readers and reviewers. Additional information on the journal is available at: https://www.facebook.com/middlegroundjournal and at: http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/HIS/historyjournal/index.cfm
General inquiries on the journal should be sent to Professor Hong-Ming Liang, Chief Editor, HLIANG@CSS.EDU

(c) 2014 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 9, Fall, 2014. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.


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