Baker Peace Conference 2019
Contemporary History Institute

Contemporary History Institute

Contemporary History Institute

Students and faculty explore the historical impact of yesterday on today's contemporary landscape. They ask questions about the contemporary period in world affairs — the period from World War II to the present — from an interdisciplinary historical perspective.

Graduate Contemporary History Certificate

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Baker Peace Conference

A conference featuring national and international experts on issues related to peace.

map of Europe and Middle East and North Africa

Empires and Decolonization

Imperialism, decolonization, and the contemporary history repercussions of both.

World War II painting

War, Violence and Revolutions

Wars, organized violence, and political and ideological revolutions.

The Great Game

Diplomacy, Strategy and Development

Power and politics within modern nation-states in East Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Executive Power

Executive Power and Politics

Guiding the United States through war, poverty, terrorism and more.

Photo of Black Lives Matter Protest in Chicago

Race, Class, and Gender

How people have shaped modern history in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and beyond.