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PAST IS PRESENT: History in the News

If you think History is "old news" you might want to think again. Check out these recent feature stories that relate to subjects our students are currently studying.

War, Revolution and Tsarine: How Russia Shaped Champagne

Image of Tsarine Champagne

Course: HIST 3371 "Imperial Russia"
Spring 2021

The sparkling wine was first popularized in 18th-century imperial Russia during the reign of Empress Anna Ivanovna (1730–40). During her successor, Elizabeth Petrovna’s reign (1741–62), it wasn’t uncommon to serve 1,000 bottles of Champagne at a single event. The bottles of Chanoine Frères, one of the oldest Champagne houses, graced the tables of notables like Czarina Catherine II, better known as Catherine the Great.

But it wasn’t until Russians encountered Veuve Clicquot’s Champagne that they fell in love with the wine.

Three female journalists who braved the chaos of Vietnam

Photo of Correspondent Elizabeth Becker in Cambodia in 1974 with Prime Minister Long Boret

Course: HIST 4380 "America and the Vietnam Wars"
Spring 2021

Elizabeth Becker had a “nightmare” of a reason to relinquish her graduate studies — a professor who “kneecapped” her future when she wouldn’t sleep with him. She filed a complaint and bought a one-way ticket to Cambodia. It was 1973, and 25-year-old Becker was off to be a war correspondent. That angry grad student went on to become a highly respected journalist with an array of awards to her name.

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