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The Department of History is dedicated to fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for all students, staff, faculty, visitors AND North Carolinians.  We believe that a broad definition of diversity is essential for the protection of human rights and human dignity in our state, in this nation, and across the globe.  Diversity, as a principle and a practice, is essential for innovative scholarship and lively, creative, and engaged learning.

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The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History
 (Harvard University Press, 2017) 

When President Barack Obama visited Cairo in 2009 to deliver an 9780674050372-lgaddress to Muslims worldwide, he followed in the footsteps of countless politicians who have taken the existence of a unified global Muslim community for granted. But as Cemil Aydin explains in this provocative history, it is a misconception to think that the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims constitute a single religio-political entity. How did this belief arise, and why is it so widespread? The Idea of the Muslim World searches for the intellectual origins of a mistaken notion and explains its enduring allure for non-Muslims and Muslims alike.


The Land Of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States
 (Simson & Schuster Press, 2017)

the-land-of-enterprise-9781476766645_hrIn The Land of Enterprise, Benjamin Waterhouse charts the development of American business from the colonial period to the present. It explores the nation’s evolving economic, social, and political landscape by examining how different types of enterprising activities rose and fell, how new labor and production technologies supplanted old ones—and at what costs—and how Americans of all stripes responded to the tumultuous world of business. In particular, historian Benjamin Waterhouse highlights the changes in business practices, the development of different industries and sectors, and the complex relationship between business and national politics.

The “Truth” Behind Our Ancestors

lindsay_atlantic.jpgLisa A. Lindsay wrote a guest post in the UNC Press Blog about her recently published book, Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa. A decade before the American Civil War, James Churchwill Vaughan (1828–1893) set out to fulfill his formerly enslaved father’s dying wish that he should leave America to start a new life in Africa. Tracing Vaughan’s journey from South Carolina to Liberia to several parts of Yorubaland (present-day southwestern Nigeria), Lisa Lindsay documents this “free” man’s struggle to find economic and political autonomy in an era when freedom was not clear and unhindered anywhere for people of African descent. Lindsay explores the human tendency to shape our ancestors into who we need them to be. To read the post, click here.

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