Hippo Faculty Favorites: Books

After starting our new Faculty Favorites series with the movies our professors watch and the music they listen to, today we're going to turn to the written word. Not surprisingly, a group of historians, philosophers, and political scientists is a group of book lovers. What's your favorite book to teach in a course at Bethel? … Continue reading Hippo Faculty Favorites: Books

Covers of Red Azalea, Old Weird America, and Ordinary Men

Faculty Favorites: Books

A new week gives you a new chance to get to know our faculty better. After starting with what movies they watch and music they listen to, today we're going to turn to the written word: what books they like to read and teach. What's your favorite book to teach in a course at Bethel? … Continue reading Faculty Favorites: Books

VNV Meeting in 1941

Modern Europe Journal: Collaboration and Resistance

Why did some Germans and other Europeans collaborate in the Holocaust, while others risked their lives to resist? Students in HIS354 Modern Europe asked this question last week, after having read Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men, watched the 2005 German movie Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (about the arrest and execution of the students in the White Rose, an anti-Nazi resistance movement) and visited an online exhibit from the … Continue reading Modern Europe Journal: Collaboration and Resistance

Summerscale, Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace

Modern Europe Journal: Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace

Last week in HIS354 Modern Europe, Prof. Gehrz's students read and discussed Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace, by popular historian Kate Summerscale. Set in Victorian England, the book tells the story of Isabella Robinson, an upper class woman who was sued for divorce by her husband Henry. While the book explores everything from gender roles to the history … Continue reading Modern Europe Journal: Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace

Chris Gehrz at the Minnesota Korean War Memorial

Wednesday’s Webisode: Christian History, Part I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yn7r1pp2yY On this week's episode of Past & Presence, Profs. AnneMarie Kooistra and Chris Gehrz begin a two-part conversation about how Christians approach the discipline of history. In today's half of that conversation, they take up historian George Marsden's argument that Christians can and should "play by the rules" of the secular academy — that, in many … Continue reading Wednesday’s Webisode: Christian History, Part I

Kelly Van Wyk at American Model UN 2013

One History Major’s Reflections on History and the (Model) United Nations

Today we're happy to welcome back to AC 2nd junior History/Social Studies Education major Kelly Van Wyk ('15), who last month joined other members of Bethel's Model United Nations team at a national conference in Chicago. Assigned to represent the country of Austria in the same semester in which she is taking HIS354 Modern Europe, … Continue reading One History Major’s Reflections on History and the (Model) United Nations

Modern Europe Journal: The Paris Commune of 1871

Our last Modern Europe Journal entry for the semester comes from Tom Keefe, one of our History/Social Studies Education majors. (See his earlier post on family history and immigration.) Here he takes us through his process in researching the influence of the Paris Commune of 1871 on 20th century Communist revolutionaries like V.I. Lenin and … Continue reading Modern Europe Journal: The Paris Commune of 1871

Modern Europe Journal: Russian Nationalism Post-Communism

The second Modern Europe research project to be presented via a blog post comes from History/English Lit double-major Jenna Kaliszewski ('12). In 1996 Boris Yeltsin created a commission to find a new Russian national identity.[1]  The question that faced Russians, and what I wanted to research was how would that identity be constructed? What would … Continue reading Modern Europe Journal: Russian Nationalism Post-Communism

Photo from The Murderers are Among Us

Modern Europe Journal: “Trummerfilme” and Postwar German Memory

As final entries in the Modern Europe Journal series, we'll be sharing three blog posts written by students on the basis of their research projects... For that assignment, students got to choose both their topic and how to go about presenting their findings. (Each option required some kind of written paper or essay and some … Continue reading Modern Europe Journal: “Trummerfilme” and Postwar German Memory