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Stewart A. Weaver

  • Professor of History

PhD, Stanford University, 1985

368 Rush Rhees Library
(585) 275-9348

Office Hours: On leave, by appointment only


European History

Research Overview

Over the years, my work has ranged over various subjects in modern political and cultural history. My first two books--"John Fielden and the Politics of Popular Radicalism" and "The Hammonds: A Marriage in History"--grew out of my interests in British industrial and labor history, political reform, and twentieth-century British liberalism. Lately my interests have turned toward environmental history, specifically the cultural history of nature, land, and landscapes. In collaboration with Maurice Isserman (UR PhD 1979), I recently completed "Fallen Giants," a comprehensive history of Himalayan exploration and mountaineering that won the National Outdoor Book Award. I am currently at work on a short history of exploration for Oxford University Press. I teach surveys of British, Irish, and South Asian history and seminars on Environmental History and the History of Exploration.

Graduate Fields

I offer the following fields for the PhD qualifying examination. For explanations of fields, see the "Program Formulation" page in the Graduate Handbook.

Teaching Fields: History of India and South Asia (Transnational); Modern British History; Modern European History (Transnational)

Research Fields: Environmental History (Transnational); History of Exploration (Transnational); Nature, Land, and Landscape (Transnational)

I will be accepting graduate students for admission in Fall 2020.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • HIST 100:  Gateway to History: Exploration
  • HIST 103:  West and the World since 1492, Syllabus
  • HIST 225:  The First World War, Syllabus
  • HIST 229:  England and Ireland since 1500, Syllabus
  • HIST 240:  History of British India
  • HIST 300W/400:  History of Nature, Syllabus
  • HIST 330:  British Imperialism, Syllabus

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Selected Publications

  • Exploration: A Very Short Introduction (2015)
  • Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes with Maurice Isserman (2008)
  • "The Bleak Age: J. H. Clapham, the Hammonds, and the Standard of Living in Victorian Britain," in Miles Taylor and Michael Wolff, eds., The Victorians Since 1901 (2004)
  • "Christopher Lasch and the Politics of the Plain Style," Introduction to Christopher Lasch, Plain Style: A Guide to Written English, edited by Stewart Weaver (2002)
  • The Hammonds: A Marriage in History (1997).
  • John Fielden and the Politics of Popular Radicalism 1832-1847 (1987).