My current teaching interests are focused on British and European History from 1500 to the present with an emphasis on economic, social and intellectual history. In recent years I have taught in alternate years a two-semester upper division survey on the British Isles from 1485 to the present and a two-semester upper division survey of European history from 1789. Every fall I offer a course for teachers and prospective teachers of History and Social Studies. I also teach seminars for undergraduates and graduates in our Master of Arts in Teaching Program on such subjects as Interpretations of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, the British Empire, Early Modern European Expansion, and the History of European Women.
Research Interests and Grant Activity:
My research and publications have focused on the History of British economic thought and the historiography of economic history. In addition to articles and reviews, Cambridge University Press published my English Historical Economics, ca. 1870-1926: The Rise of Economic History and Neomercantilism (1987). In recent years I have been working on the economic thought and economic history of the Dutch Republic and the creation of a European led world economy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I am particularly interested in how British economic theorists and historians of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries used the ideas and experience of the Dutch Republic in their own debates about economic policies, especially their debates about free trade and protection.
Since 1992, I have been awarded ten generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which have supported groups of fifteen school teachers, chosen competitively from throughout the United States, to participate in summer seminars on Interpretations of the Industrial Revolution in Britain and, more recently, on The Dutch
Republic and Britain and the Making of a European World Economy. The first two of these seminars were held at UMD while subsequent seminars were taught at the University of Nottingham, the Institute for Historical Research in London, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Holland. I developed a large web site for the Industrial Revolution seminar that includes a good deal of primary source material and will expand the Dutch Republic and Britain web site in future years. The web sites are:
Interpretations of the Industrial Revolution in Britain
The Dutch Republic and Britain: The Making of a European World Economy