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Norm Wilson

Professor of History

Interest and areas of expertise

European History from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century, Historiography, and Western Civilization

Education
  • Ph.D., History, U.C.L.A. 1994
  • M.A., History, U.C.L.A. 1987
  • B.A. in English, B.A. in French, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981, 1985
Classes I teach
  • Western Civilization I
  • Western Civilization II
  • World Civilizations II
  • Sophomore Seminar: Historical Methods
  • Renaissance and Reformation Europe
  • Europe in the Age of Monarchy
  • Modern Europe: 1799-1918
  • Europe in the 20th Century
  • History of Modern Germany
  • Senior Seminar: Historiography and the Philosophy of History
  • The Emergence of Modernity in the Western Imagination (J-Term)
  • Humanities Past and Present (Sophomore Seminar for Humanities majors)
  • Social Theory from Marx to the Postmodernists (First-Year Seminar)
Profile and research in progress

Profile

Norman Wilson is an historian of European history from the Renaissance to the present. His research centers on cultural history and historiography (the history of the writing of history). Before arriving at Messiah College he was Chair of the History Department at Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Research in progress

General Editor of Cultural History of Historiography, a six-volume series covering Historiography from Antiquity to the twenty-first Century to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2023.

Selected works

Selected Publications

  • History in Crisis? Recent Directions in Historiography, 3rd Edition, New York: Pearson International, 2014.
  • The European Renaissance and Reformation (1350-1600), Volume one of World Eras, Detroit: Gale Group, 2001.
  • “Politics, Law, and the Military” (co-author of Chapter 6) in Medieval Europe (814-1350), volume four of World Eras, Detroit: Gale Group, 2002, pp. 187-244.

Selected Presentations

  • "Balthasar Hubmaier and the Bible, 1518-1528: Expelling Jews, Founding a Pilgrimage Site for Mary, and Writing an Anabaptist Catechism" presentation as part of the Baylor University Symposium on Faith and Culture entitled “The Bible and the Reformation” in Waco, Texas (October 2017)
  • "No Utopian Island is an Island: Thomas More and the Utopian Trope" presentation as part of a panel on The Power of Rhetoric at the College English Association’s 48th Annual Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina (April 2017)
  • Moderator and Commentator for a session entitled Rhetoric: Islands and the Mainland at the College English Association’s 48th Annual Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina (April 2017)
  • "Creating Who We Were: Rereading Conrad and Woolf in the Twenty-first Century" presentation as part of a panel on Creating the Modern at the College English Association’s 47th Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado (April 2016)