In these pages we present some of the features that make the Department of History's track on Europe so special. Among them are the faculty's exceptional training and exciting research areas, the University's comprehensive commitment to the study of world cultures and the location of Miami as a historical gateway to the US, the Caribbean and Latin America from Europe.
You will also find information about the comprehensive examination procedures for student concentrators on Europe and links that will take you to the application process. FIU's master's and doctoral programs in History both offer a concentration on European history. The master's degree provides a strong foundation for professional or further academic work, while the doctoral program's emphasis on the Atlantic world affords European history students the opportunities to pursue cross-cultural research.
The graduate track in European History serves as a foundation of the Department of History's comparative doctoral preparation. The European component of the doctoral program affords students the needed breadth of coverage across time and space in general courses, while offering thematic focus in seminars. Requirements for the Master's and Ph.D. programs, along with graduate courses and seminars in the areas of Latin America, Europe, United States, and Africa are available from the Department's on-line catalog.
The Faculty concerned with European History make up one of the largest blocs within the Department. They present a wide variety of interests, skills and approaches to the study of history.
The Europeanists can be divided into two groups, the medievalists and early modernists and the modernists. All, however, have wide interests and frequently teach outside these narrow areas of specialty.
Medievalists and Early Modernists
Gwyn Davies concentrates on the classical world with a particular interest in military history.
Howard Kaminsky (emeritus) is still active in research, with interests in Medieval European History.
Felice Lifshitz is mostly concerned with early medieval hagiography and historiography.
Joseph Patrouch works on early modern Central Europe, especially Austria and the Czech-Slovak territories.
Rebecca Friedman studies nineteenth-century Russia, with a particular interest in gender.
Lara Kriegel is interested in nineteenth-century Britain, especially consumer culture.
Brian Peterson concentrates on twentieth century German and Russian history.
Aurora Morcillo works on modern Spain and gender.
Environment & Resources
The Green Library. The eight-story Steven and Dorothea Green Library, completed in 1998, towers above the University Park campus and serves as a landmark for the surrounding area. With its state-of-the-art electronic and networking capabilities, the library offers some of the most advanced text retrieval mechanisms in the State of Florida. FIU's library forms part of the powerful consortium of Florida libraries, the FCLA. The holdings on Europe are strong, with complete runs of some journals, e.g. Analecta Bollandiana.
There are several bodies within the university which supply other centers of European excellence. Beyond the faculty in History, students have at their disposal European experts spanning several social science and humanities departments, including Political Science, Sociology & Anthropology, International Relations, Modern Languages and Economics. There are also several non-departmental resources, e.g. the Institute for Jewish Studies and the Certificate in European Studies.
The Wolfsonian Museum on Miami Beach provides a superb resource. The collection of over 70,000 objects focus on European material culture of democracy, capitalism, socialism, Communism, Nazism and Fascism in the period 1885-1945.
The History Department is also involved in a major new program, the Working Group for Pre-Modern Cultures, spearheaded by Dr. Felice Lifshitz and currently run by Dr. Gwyn Davies.