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Cavert, Will

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2011
Office
JRC 415
Phone
651-962-5738
Mail
JRC 432
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

Dr. Cavert is a historian of Britain during the early modern period, c. 1500-1800, with research interests in urban and environmental history. He is the author of The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City, as well as other studies of coal consumption and London air pollution which have appeared in The Journal of British StudiesUrban History, and The Global Environment. His work on the politics of cold winters during the Little Ice Age has appeared in Governing the Environment in the Early Modern World. He joined UST from The University of Cambridge where he was a post-doctoral fellow at Clare College, having taken a Ph.D. at Northwestern University in 2011 and an M.A. at Loyola University Chicago. Before that he completed his undergraduate studies at Carleton College, and is a native Minnesotan. He regularly teaches classes on The Modern World Since 1550 (HIST 112) and early modern Britain and Europe, as well as courses on the history of science, climate history, the history of environmentalism, and natural disasters.

The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016, paperback 2017. It was awarded: 

- The Turku Book Award from the European Society for Environmental History and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, for best environmental history book.

- The Whitfield Prize from the Royal Historical Society for best first book on British history.

- The John Ben Snow Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies for best book on British history before 1800.

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HIST 112 - L01 Hist Mod World Since 1550 M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 JRC 246

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

40802 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

William M. Cavert

The Modern World Since 1550 surveys the sixteenth century European foundation and expansion throughout the world down to the end of the twentieth century. The course examines the resulting breakthroughs in communication and cultural exchanges between Western civilization and the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Emphasis is placed on the emergence of an interdependent global civilization. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 112 - L02 Hist Mod World Since 1550 M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 246

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

41488 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

William M. Cavert

The Modern World Since 1550 surveys the sixteenth century European foundation and expansion throughout the world down to the end of the twentieth century. The course examines the resulting breakthroughs in communication and cultural exchanges between Western civilization and the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Emphasis is placed on the emergence of an interdependent global civilization. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 222 - 01 Early Modern Europe: 1450-1750 M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 JRC 246

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

42598 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

William M. Cavert

Political, religious, and cultural development of the early modern Europe: Late Renaissance; Religious Reformations; Age of Discovery and the rise of the Atlantic Economy; State building in Early Modern Europe; the New Science.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location