History is the study of the past. Through it, we strive to learn why events happened, how people experienced them, and how they reshaped the societies in which they lived. We come to know ourselves by discovering in history the way in which the past shaped us, and how it created the present in which we live. To thrive in an ever more complex world, Cornell University students need to understand the diversity of human experience and how it has changed over time. Only then, we believe, will they be able to understand others or themselves.
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(Cornell Historical Society, 2015)Of the thousands of monastic houses that once dominated the religious landscape of medieval England, all but one fell during the Reformation. The sole religious house to survive, Syon Abby, maintained its charter, community, ...
(Cornell Historical Society, 2015)James William Fulbright posited that the rapprochement of peoples is only possible "when the common bond of human dignity is recognized." Yet, to what extent is this true, especially for contemporary Sino-Indian relations? ...
From Warfare to World Fair: The Ideological Commodification of Geronimo in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century United States (Cornell Historical Society, 2015)During the latter portion of the Apache Wars (1848-1886), a Chiricahua leader named Geronimo achieved considerable notoriety in Euro-American culture as an archetypally savage and antagonistic figure, and an obstacle to ...
(Cornell Historical Society, 2015)Fearing detention, torture, or execution under the Pinochet regime, hundreds of thousands fled Chile during the 1970s for other nations in the Americas and Europe. The United States, however, had covertly supported the ...