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Dr. Timothy Roberts's Book, Distant Revolutions, is Published

May 8, 2009

Dr. Timothy Roberts, Assistant Professor of History, is the author of Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism, published in 2009 by the University of Virginia Press. The book is now available for purchase. A copy is available for viewing in the History Department office (438 Morgan).

Distant Revolutions is a study of American politics, culture, and foreign relations in the mid-nineteenth century, illuminated through the reactions of Americans to the European revolutions of 1848. Carl Guarneri, author of America in the World: United States History in Global Context, has called Distant Revolutions "a sophisticated, substantial, and groundbreaking work that fills an enormous void" in historical scholarship; "by unearthing a fascinating trove of transatlantic observations and connections," Dr. Guarneri concludes, "this book makes a substantial contribution to transnational studies of American history."

Dr. Roberts, who teaches WIU's upper-division courses on nineteenth-century U.S. history and constitutional history, as well as freshmen survey courses on American history, also serves as mentor for undergraduate research projects on nineteenth-century America, and has taken his students to witness re-enactments of the famous 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Look for his new book on the shelves of your local bookstore or for purchase on-line.

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