History

Scholarly Publications

Do Immigrants Assimilate More Slowly Today Than in the Past?

March 2020

Using millions of historical census records and modern birth certificates, we document that immigrants assimilated into US society at similar rates in the past and present.

Roman Seas: A Maritime Archaeology of Eastern Mediterranean Economies

March 2020

That seafaring was fundamental to Roman prosperity in the eastern Mediterranean is beyond doubt, but a tendency by scholars to focus on the grandest long-distance movements between major cities has...

Borders and Freedom of Movement in the Holy Roman Empire

March 2020

In the Holy Roman Empire 'no prince â can forbid men passage in the common road', wrote the English jurist John Selden.

Other Publications

Connecting Continents: Archaeology and History in the Indian Ocean World (Indian Ocean Studies Series) ed. Krish Seetah

June 2018

In recent decades, the vast and culturally diverse Indian Ocean region has increasingly attracted the attention of anthropologists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and other...

Beyond Engaged Literature: Samir El-Youssef's The Illusion of Return

December 2017

A feature of contemporary politics is the tendency to focus primarily onnarratives , as if the story lines were more important than the events.

Here at the End of All Things: On losing oneself in the geography of fantasy worlds, from Middle Earth to Westeros

August 2017

I spent my adolescence around maps of places that didn’t exist.

News

Joshua Landy on the radio show "Philosophy Talk," celebrating its 500th episode

May 2020

As Philosophy Talk reaches 500th episode, the well-loved radio show discusses how humanities can help during the pandemic

The Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professorship at Stanford

February 2017

The history of the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor at Stanford begins with the U.S.

Events

Michel Serres: Thinking in Figures

January 17, 2020

After a long period of under-appreciation, Michel Serres's prescient and unique writing is now beginning to receive the attention it has long deserved.

Book Talk "Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty" with Norman M. Naimark

November 13, 2019

This event is now full and we are unable to take any further reservations.

Mass Media and Cultural Homogenization: Broadcasting the American Dream on the Radio

October 8, 2019

 Part of the Economic History Seminar Series, co-sponsored by The Europe Center.

Projects

The Contemporary

This project examines the  “contemporary” with a focus on defining moments such as: 1945, 1973, 1989, and 2001.
English

Debating History, Democracy, Development, and Education in Conflicted Societies

The Forum on Contemporary Europe (FCE) at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) has launched a multi-year collaborative project with research institutes in...
English

History, Memory and Reconciliation

This series will examine scholarly and institutional efforts to create new national narratives that walk the fine line between before and after, memory and truth, compensation and reconciliation,...
English

Multimedia

The World Heritage Bluff: Comparing Vienna’s historic city center with Ephesos

May 2019

Comparing Vienna’s historic city center with Ephesos, Sabine Ladstätter discusses how a consciousness for cultural heritage, apart from touristic-economic incentives and beyond national (in many cases regional) borders, can be created.Sabine...

The Future of Europe

April 2019

 In her April 4th talk at The Europe Center, Professor Kathleen McNamara discussed the future of Europe and the EU in comparative historical terms, showing that such challenges are nothing new when governing power is centralized.  Kathleen R....

People

Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus
Robert Harrison headshot Robert Harrison Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, French and Italian
Roland Hsu Affiliate