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Nation and Loyalty in a German-Polish Borderland: Upper Silesia, 1848-1960

By Prof. Brendan KarchCover of Loyalty and Nation by Brendan Karch

In the bloody twentieth-century battles over Central Europe's borderlands, Upper Silesians stand out for resisting pressure to become loyal Germans or Poles. This work traces nationalist activists' efforts to divide Upper Silesian communities, which were bound by their Catholic faith and bilingualism, into two 'imagined' nations. As locals weathered increasing political turmoil and violence in the German-Polish contest over their homeland, many crafted a national ambiguity that allowed them to pass as members of either nation.

Fall 2018, Cambridge University Press

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In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate classes, faculty members serve in a large number of campus and community outreach capacities, and do original research and writing on topics ranging from American pop culture to Chinese Confucianism and far beyond. LSU is one of the nation’s premier sites for research in Southern history, but it also has excellent faculty members and graduate students working in a host of other fields.

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Research opportunities for students

Did you know that the word "history" actually means research? LSU offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to hone their skills and deepen their knowledge of history by working on their own research projects. Here are some possible ways to find the best fit for your interests:

  • Research Grants – students can apply each semester for funding to work on a research project.  Grants can be used for hourly  wages, supplies, and travel.
  • LSU Discover Day 2019, The annual LSU student research and creativity symposium, will be held on April 9th. 
  • Mentor database – Students and faculty can use the Mentor database to find each other to pair up for research projects.

"What history course should I take?"

For scheduling information and descriptions provided by professors teaching courses in Fall 2018, go to our Fall Courses page. General Education courses are marked with a double asterisk (**).


Students of LSU's Geaux Teach program in history on graduation day

Graduates of Geaux Teach, the Major in History with a Concentration in Secondary Education, pose with program advisor Prof. Zevi Gutfreund (far right). For information on the Secondary Education history program: Geaux Teach

Studying History at LSU

If you are considering enrolling as an undergraduate major in History or as a graduate student, you may wish to explore the information provided here about Careers, Internships, Financial Aid and Fields of Study. Make sure to check out the background and specializations of the professors with whom you may be working. Most professors will also be happy to meet with you one-on-one, or communicate by email, to explore their passion for history and suggest avenues of study you may wish to pursue. The Undergraduate Advisor is Steven Ross, skross@lsu.edu; and the Director of Graduate Studies is Alecia Long, aplong@lsu.edu.