Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History
"For me, it is the students – those who work their way through the classrooms, learn from us about the past, and have good memories of their time here – who make me happy to be a historian."
Professor June Hopkins

"Not infrequently, I find that the study of history requires a patience and curiosity to peel back layers of misguided if also genuine readings and interpretations that hide past models of the best of human agency. When this is true historical study for me takes on the dimension of a treasure hunt with the prize found in the construction of a historical meaning previously obscured, if not buried in the past."
Professor Michael Benjamin

"Studying history helped me make some fundamental decisions. Learning history is like learning more about myself and the rest of humanity."
Eric Beba, Information Technology 
"History should be diverse. I want my children to learn the stories of humanity's past within a spectrum of race and creed. History becomes interesting when stories of old are connected."
Austin Jackson, Communication

Featured Articles

The Role of Chernobyl in the Breakdown of the USSR

Bohdana Kurylo
University of London
"The major role of the Chernobyl disaster was in highlighting the systematic failures of the government, and more importantly, the failure to establish trust between the government and the people of the USSR."

Adam Smith and Religious Plurality in America

Drew Liquerman
College of William and Mary
"Adam Smith was much more than an economic theorist. His writings, most importantly An Enquiry into the Wealth of Nations, greatly influenced James Madison in his thoughts on disestablishment of religion as written in “Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments,” in Federalist Nos. 10 and 51, and in the First Amendment’s Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses that constitute the foundation for the free society we live in today."

Conserving Creativity:  The Roles of Clothing and Cuisine in the French Revolution

Karis Stubblefield
Brown University
"Although the Revolution certainly challenged long-held traditions of the Old Regime, it simultaneously, and rather paradoxically, managed to preserve powerful notions of individualism and innovation that emerged in the years leading up to 1789, as exemplified by the development during this time of both French fashion and gastronomy."

Featured Books

Warfare at Sea, 1500–1650: Maritime Conflicts and the Transformation of Europe

Brian Wivell
George Washington University

In his work, Jan Glete makes a convincing case for the role that naval strength plays in the greater European balance of power. The changes of sea power in history led to the gradual shift of political and economic focus from Southern Europe and the Mediterranean to Northern Europe.

An Outsider in the White House

Andrew K. Mengle
United States Military Academy (West Point)

Glad’s work is an in-depth account of the internal workings of Jimmy Carter’s foreign policy staff that successfully illustrates how  Carter’s international objectives changed as a result of Zbigniew Brzezinski’s ability to exploit  Carter’s inexperience and hijack his diplomatic agenda.

Featured Authors

Joshua Chanin
Austin College

Erin McHugh
St. Olaf College

Emily Sosolik
Arizona State University
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A special initiative of the Department of History,
Armstrong State University, a University System of Georgia Institution