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Research

The USF Department of History is home to an excellent faculty that continues to uphold USF's standard of excellence in the worldwide historical community. Listed below are some of the works that have been published by professors of the Department:

Fellow Travelers

Fellow Travelers: Indians and Europeans Contesting the Early American Trail
By Philip Levy

“Fellow Travelers” shows the dynamic relationship between Europeans and North American natives by examining how they needed each other when it came to travels through the cross-country network of trails developed by the natives.

Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915’

Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915
By Graydon A. Tunstall

Tunstall’s “Blood on the Snow” reenacts the brutal conditions and harsh realities that soldiers faced during the Carpathian campaign of 1915, one of the most devastating chapters of the First World War.

A Provincial Elite in Early Modern Tuscany: Family and Power in the Creation of the State

A Provincial Elite in Early Modern Tuscany: Family and Power in the Creation of the State
By Giovanna Benadusi

Benadusi examines how the familial structures of Tuscan provincial families and the politics of the Florentine interacted and redefined power in early modern Europe.

The Life and Times of Andrei Zhdanov, 1896-1948

The Life and Times of Andrei Zhdanov, 1896-1948
By Kees Boterbloem

“The Life and Times of Andrei Zhdanov” examines Joseph Stalin’s main assistant and possible successor’s life and the events that led to his death in 1948.







Tilling the Hateful Earth: Agricultural Production and Trade in the Late Antique East

Tilling the Hateful Earth: Agricultural Production and Trade in the Late Antique East
By Michael Decker

Decker examines the farming methods used by farmers that allowed them to be able to produce and maintain reliable sources of food during the fifth and sixth centuries AD, and how this allowed the eastern Mediterranean population and cities to grow.

The United States Since 1945

The United States Since 1945
By Robert P. Ingalls and David K. Johnson

“The United States Since 1945” examines the domestic and foreign events that defined the American experience since 1945 and shaped the lives of Americans today, including perspectives on the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the War on Terrorism, among other issues.

Broken Glass: Caleb Cushing and the Shattering of the Union

Broken Glass: Caleb Cushing and the Shattering of the Union
By John M. Belohlavek

As a member of Congress, a general in the Mexican War and a diplomat to Presidents Lincoln, Johnson and Grant, Caleb Cushing was one of the most disliked, but fascinating, figures of his era.

The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government

The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government
By David K. Johnson

“The Lavender Scare” illustrates that while some citizens were questioned about being members of the Communist Party, others were accused of being homosexual and perceived as just as great of a threat as communists.







Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906

Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906
By Barbara Berglund

In “Making San Francisco American,” Berglund follows the history of San Francisco from a Mexican outpost town to key component of western America by examining the city’s populations and class definitions as San Francisco evolved and expanded.

The Communist Party of the United States from the Depression to World War II

The Communist Party of the United States from the Depression to World War II
By Fraser M. Ottanelli

Ottanelli’s study of the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) examines its appeal at the time, its origins and the interaction between the grassroots efforts and domestic policies at home with the Communist International Party in Moscow.

Italian Workers of the World: Labor Migration and the Formation of Multiethnic States

Italian Workers of the World: Labor Migration and the Formation of Multiethnic States
By Donna R. Gabaccia and Fraser M. Ottanelli

A perspective on the experiences of Italian workers on new, foreign soil, “Italian Workers of the World” examines the effect that varying receptions had on workers upon arrival to their new countries and how this affected their assimilation into the new culture and the new country’s acceptance of them.

Stalin’s Outcasts: Aliens, Citizens and the Soviet State, 1926-1936

Stalin’s Outcasts: Aliens, Citizens and the Soviet State, 1926-1936
By Golfo Alexopoulos

In an effort to conserve resources in the communist state, a plethora of citizens (including prostitutes, tax evaders, Jews and ethnic minorities) were defined as aliens in the USSR. Alexopoulos examines the unique experiences of these “outcasts” in the Soviet state.