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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, published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press, as well as studies in The Journal of British StudiesUrban History, and The Global Environment. He joins us 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 teaches classes on The Modern World Since 1550 (HIST 112), British social and political history, economic history, the history of science, and the history of environmentalism and natural disasters.   

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HIST 112 - L01 Hist Mod World Since 1550 M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 208
CRN: 40814 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.

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HIST 112 - PL2 Hist Mod World Since 1550 M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MCH 118
CRN: 41609 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.

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HIST 322 - 01 Tudor and Stuart Britain M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 203
CRN: 42504 4 Credit Hours Instructor: William M. Cavert England from the accession of the Tudor dynasty down to the Glorious Revolution. Modernization of English society and government. The English Reformation. Anglicanism. The Elizabethan period. Puritanism. Crown and Parliament in Tudor and Early Stuart times. Civil War, Revolution and Restoration. The Revolution of 1688. Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HIST 112 - L02 Hist Mod World Since 1550 - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 JRC 414
CRN: 10223 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.

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HIST 112 - L01 Hist Mod World Since 1550 M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 209
CRN: 20344 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.

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HIST 112 - L02 Hist Mod World Since 1550 M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MHC 209
CRN: 20345 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.

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HIST 298 - 01 Topics: Hist of Envir Thought M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 SCB 205
CRN: 21253 4 Credit Hours Instructor: William M. Cavert We live in an era of unprecedented concern for environmental dangers and disasters, but ideas and beliefs about human relationships with nature are nothing new. This course begins with ancient texts and concludes in the present, asking along the way how people - from philosophers to the illiterate, scientists to laypeople - have understood their environments. Key themes include the legacies of ancient medical and religious traditions, responses to urbanization and resource scarcity in Renaissance Europe, native American interpretations of nature, and the challenges of modern industrial society. We will consider influential environmentalists such as John Muir and Rachel Carson as well as others who fit less comfortably into that tradition including government planners and legislators, business leaders and economists, consumers and novelists. The course will conclude with an examination of environmentalism in action in students' own communities.

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