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 Niels Eichhorn

Education 

Certificate in Public History/Heritage Preservation  Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, May 2016

Ph.D.  University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, May 2013

M.A.  University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, May 2008

B.A.  University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, December 2006

 

Academic Work Experience

 Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, Adjunct Instructor, Fall 2020

 Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA, Adjunct Instructor, Fall 2020-Present

 Central Georgia Technical College, Macon, GA, Adjunct Instructor, May 2020-Present

Middle Georgia State University (formerly Middle Georgia State College), Macon, GA, Assistant Professor, Department of History, August 2013-May 2020

 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, Instructor, Department of History, August 2009-August 2013

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of History and Geography, January 2007- May 2008

 

Publications

Books

Liberty and Slavery: European Separatists, Southern Secession, and the American Civil War (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, October 2019)

Atlantic History in the Nineteenth Century: Migration, Trade, Conflict, and Ideas (New York: Palgrave, December 2019)

The Civil War Battles of Macon (Charleston, SC: Acadia’s History Press, Forthcoming February 2021)

The American Civil War in the Age of Nationalism, co-authored with Duncan Campbell, under advance contract with LSU Press’s Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War series

Guerra: Revolutions and Civil Wars in the America’s, 1848-1877, new book project

 

Articles

“A ‘Century of Peace’ That Was Not: War in the Nineteenth Century.” Journal of Military History 84 (October 2020): 1051-1077.

“Democracy: The Civil War and the Transnational Struggle for Political Reform.” American Nineteenth Century History 20 (2019): 293-313.

“‘Save our Heritage’: Contested Reconciliation of Mid-Nineteenth Century Separatist Movements.” Reconciliation after Civil War, edited by James Hawdon and Paul Quigley (New York: Routledge, 2018), 203-212.

“The End of Liberal-Nationalism? Connecting the Early and Late Age of Revolution.” Selected Papers of the Consortium of the Revolutionary Era, edited by Marc Lerner and Alexander Mikaberidze (Shreveport: Louisiana State University Shreveport, 2018), 21-37.

“The Hanseatic Minister Residency: Trade and Diplomacy during the Civil War Era/Der Hanseatische Ministerresident: Handel und Diplomatie während der Epoche des Amerikanischen Bürgerkriegs.” Die hanseatisch-amerikanischen Beziehungen seit 1790, edited by Rolf Hammel-Kiesow, Heiko Herold, and Claudia Schnurmann (Trier, Germany: Porta Alba Verlag, 2017), 99-120.

“Von Poison Spring bis Düppeln: Die Vereinigten Staaten und der Deutsch-Dänische Krieg.” Der Wiener Frieden: 1864 als Deutscher, Europäischer und Globaler Perspektive, edited by Oliver Auge and Ulrich Lappenküper (Paderborn, Germany: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2016), 347-359.

“North Atlantic Trade in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: A Case For Peace during the American Civil War,” Civil War History 61 (June 2015): 138-172.

“Nationalism and Secession: A Global History of the American Civil War.” The American Civil War in a Global Context, edited by Peter Stearns (Richmond: Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, 2015), 1-15.

“Teaching the Civil War Era in Global Context: A Discussion.” With Robert Bonner, Sarah Cornell, Don Doyle, and Andre Fleche. Journal of the Civil War Era 5 (March 2015): 126-153.

“The Intervention Crisis of 1862: A British Diplomatic Dilemma?” American Nineteenth Century History 15 (November 2014): 287-310.

“The Rhine River: The Impact of the German States on Trans-Atlantic Diplomacy,” Civil War-Global Conflict, edited by Simon K. Lewis and David Gleeson (Columbia, South Carolina Press, 2014), 146-171.

“Teaching the Survey Non-Traditional Style.” The History Teacher 46 (May 2013), 435-454.

“Nationalliberalismus, Sezession und Bürgerkrieg: Trans-Atlantische Erfahrungen von Schleswig-Holstein und den Vereinigten Staaten, 1848-1871.” Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Schleswig-Holsteinische Geschichte 81 (October 2011): 53-55.

 

Online Publications

“The Lost Cause in the Children’s Room: Toys and Memory.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (August 4, 2020).” 

“Defending Residents Abroad: The Almost Abduction of Martin Koszta in Smyrna.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (April 7, 2020).” 

“An Anti-Filibuster Alliance: Latin America and Opposition to U.S. Expansionism.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (February 4, 2020).” 

“The Civil War in Southeast Asia: Trade and Privateering in Singapore.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (December 17, 2019).” 

“Queen Victoria’s Speeches to Parliament: The Role of the Civil War in British Politics.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (September 10, 2019).” 

 “Secession and Slavery in Great Britain II: John Lothrop Motley and the Causes of the Civil War in The Times of London.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (July 2, 2019).” 

“Secession and Slavery in Great Britain: Cassius Clay and Edwin DeLeon Debate in The Times of London.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (June 11, 2019). 

 “‘Jack My Dear,-Where the Devil are You?’ John Lothrop Motley, Otto von Bismarck, and the Civil War.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (March 12, 2019).

“Lessons from the Crimean War: The Augusta Arsenal.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (January 22, 2019). 

“A Transnational View of Medicine and Medical Practices during the Civil War.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (November 13, 2018). 

“Comparing Home Rule in Hungary and the U.S. South.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (August 24, 2018). 

“Preventing War after Fort Sumter: The Schleiden-Seward-Stephens Negotiations.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (May 8, 2018). 

“William H. Seward’s Foreign War Panacea Reconsidered.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (March 23, 2018). 

“Communications, Steamship Lines, and the American Civil War.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (January 23, 2018). 

“Lessons in Diplomacy: Reassessing the Trent Affair.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (November 10, 2017). 

“Empty Pedestals and Absent Pedestals: Civil War Memory and Monuments to the American Revolution.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (September 12, 2017). 

“Maps, Topography, and Teaching Civil War Battles.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (July 21, 2017). 

“The Plantation Tour Disaster: Teaching Slavery, Memory, and Public History.” Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog (December 5, 2016). 

 

Newspaper

“How the narrative that America is a victim fuels U.S. aggression — in Iran and elsewhere,” Washington Post (January 9, 2020).

“There’s no easy answer for Confederate Monuments,” Washington Post (August 12, 2018). 

“Monuments need to be viewed as artifacts in factual historical context,” Macon Telegraph (August 16, 2017).

  

Professional Presentations 

“Schleswig-Holstein, and Ethnic Divisions: International Politics and Nationalism in the Dano-German Borderland in Revolution and War.” Paper for the MatchPoints Seminar: Denmark and Germany in Europe, Aarhus University, Denmark, April 23-25, 2020. (Covid-19 cancelled)

“The American Civil War and Democratic Reforms in France and Germany.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Louisville, KY, November 7-10, 2019.

“Civil War, Reconstruction, Home Rule: The Shared Experiences of Hungary and the U.S. South.” Paper presented at the Transatlantic Studies Association Conference, Dahlonega, GA, July 9-11, 2018. (D.C. Watts Panel-invited)

“Did the Civil War Rescue Democracy?” Paper presented at the Bi-Annual Meeting of the Society of Civil War Historians, Pittsburgh, PA, May 31-June 2, 2018.

“Reconstruction as a Transatlantic Phenomenon: Challenges of Reconciliation.” Paper presented at the CLAW’s Freedoms Gained and Lost: Reinterpreting Reconstruction in the Atlantic World, Charleston, SC, March 16-18, 2018.

“Monument Forum: Monuments, Artifacts, Heritage.” Public Forum with Mark Smith and Trae Welborn at Middle Georgia State University, Macon, GA, September 6, 2017.

“Marching Through Georgia: Foreigners in Sherman’s Army.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Monroe County Historical Society, Forsyth, GA, April 6, 2017. (invited)

“Young Ireland in Two Atlantic Revolutions: 1848 and 1861.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Consortium of the Revolutionary Era, Charleston, SC, February 23-26, 2017.

“Medical Practices in the Civil War.” “Mid-Nineteenth Century Advances in Medicine.” “Macon in the Civil War.” Companion Talks for Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War exhibit at the Middle Georgia State University Library, January 25, February 7, February 15, 2017. (invited)

“Immigrants and the American Civil War: The Views of the Allgemeine Auswanderer Zeitung.” Paper presented at the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression, Chattanooga, TN, November 10-12, 2016.

“Mid-Nineteenth Century Separatism and Reconciliation.” Paper presented at Reconciliation after Civil Wars Global Perspectives in Arlington, VA, October 13-15, 2016.

“Separatism and Reconciliation: A North Atlantic Comparison.” Paper presented at “A Just and Lasting Peace” a conference hosted by the Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, October 7-8, 2016.

“Southern Secession in a World of Separatism.” Part of Roundtable The Transnational Perspective of the Civil War: Revolution, Nationalism, Separatism with Brian Schoen, Andre Fleche, and Patrick Kelly at the Bi-Annual Meeting of the Society of Civil War Historians, Chattanooga, TN, June 2-4, 2016.

“Archaeology and the Irish Famine.” Presented at the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society monthly meeting, Macon, GA, May 2, 2016. (invited)

“Irish Separatists and Secession in the United States.” Paper presented at the Transatlantic Connections Conference, Bundoran, Donegal, Ireland, January 9-17, 2016.

“Sensationalism or Journalism? The Civil War Diplomacy Coverage of Harper’s Weekly.” Paper presented at the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression, Chattanooga, TN, November 5-7, 2015.

Commentator “Franco-American Connections and Comparisons, 1815-1848: State-Building, Race, and Revolution” at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), Raleigh, NC, July 16-19, 2015.

“The Long Age of Revolution? A Case for a New Chronology.” Paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the World History Association, Savannah, GA, June 30-July 2, 2015.

“The Atlantic Revolutions of 1830: Liberal-Nationalist State Building.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Consortium of the Revolutionary Era, High Point, NC, February 19-21, 2015.

“Sherman’s Georgia Campaign and March to the Sea: Foreign Soldiers and Foreign Perspectives.” Paper presented at Ocmulgee National Monument on 150th Anniversary of the Battles of Dunlap Hill and Walnut Creek, Macon, GA, November 15, 2014. (invited)

“A Long Age of Revolution? 1688 in England and 1848 in Ireland.” Paper presented at the Southern Conference on British Studies part of the 80th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, GA, November 13-16, 2014.

“Austria and the Civil War: Newspaper Opinions connecting Europe and the United States.” Paper presented at the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression, Chattanooga, TN, November 6-8, 2014.

Organizer and moderator “Currents and Crosscurrents of the Age of Atlantic Revolution” an undergraduate/graduate student panel for the 29th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, Carrollton, GA, October 30-November 1, 2014.

“Von Poison Spring bis Düppeln: Die Vereinigten Staaten und der Deutsch-Dänische Krieg.” Paper presented at Der Wiener Friede 1864 als deutsches, europäisches und globales Ereignis, Friedrichsruh, Germany, October 16-17, 2014. (invited)

“Nationalism and Secession: A Global History of the American Civil War.” Paper presented at Civil War in Global Context: 2014 Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Conference, Fairfax, VA, May 31, 2014. (invited)

“The End of Liberal-Nationalism? An Evaluation of the Late Age of Revolution.” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Consortium of the Revolutionary Era, Oxford, MS, February 20-22, 2014.

“Professional Revolutionary: A Failed Profession.” Paper presented at the 28th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, Carrollton, GA, October 31-November 2, 2013.

“Separatist Forty-Eighters: The United States and a Legacy of 1848.” Paper presented at The Legacy of 1848: Transplanted Ideas and Values in America’s Past and Present, Waverly, IA, October 20-22, 2013.

“Was “This Terrible War” This Terrible? A Global Comparative Perspective.” Paper presented at “This Terrible War” a Conference hosted by the Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, October 3-5, 2013.

 “Die Hanseatische Gesandtschaft in Washington: Handel und Diplomatie während des Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieges.” Paper presented at Hanseatic-American Relations since 1790, Hamburg, Germany, November 23, 2012.

“Great Britain, the United States, and the Eastern Question: Transatlantic Relations from the Crimean War to the Civil War.” Paper presented at the Southern Conference on British Studies part of the 78th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Mobile, AL, November 1-4, 2012.

“The Eastern Question and the American Civil War: Great Britain’s Diplomatic Distractions.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, October 12-14, 2012.

“Rudolph M. Schleiden: Forgotten Revolutionary and Diplomat from Schleswig-Holstein.” Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Baltimore, MD, October 27-30, 2011.

“Rudolph M. Schleiden: A Diplomat’s Role in the Early Civil War.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Louisville, KY, September 23-25, 2011.

“International Trade in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: A Case For Transatlantic Peace.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Alexandria, VA, June 23-25, 2011.

“1848 and Civil War: The Mid-Nineteenth Century Atlantic World.” Paper presented with “Tradewinds: The Many Revolutions in the Atlantic World” sponsored by the Department of History Graduate Student Association and History Department at Florida International University, Miami, FL, March 25-26, 2011.

“The Rhine River: The Impact of the German States on Transatlantic Diplomacy.” Paper presented at the Civil War-Global Context, Charleston, SC, March 3-5, 2011.

“The Trent Affair Revisited: Great Britain and Rhine River Problem in a Transatlantic Context.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians, Liverpool, UK, October 8-10, 2010.

“The United States and the Crimean War: The International Context of a Global War” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Madison, WI, June 24-26, 2010.

“Secession and Neutrality in Great Britain: The Debate in The Times of London between Cassius Clay, Edwin DeLeon, and John L. Motley.” Paper presented at the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression, Chattanooga, TN, November 12-14, 2009.

Kladderadatsch, Economics, and the International Context: Reinterpreting the Role of Central Europe in the Civil War.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Fairview, VA, June 25-27, 2009.

“Did Historians get Civil War Diplomacy Wrong? The Missing International Context in Civil War Diplomatic History.” Paper presented at The Civil War Era in Global Perspective at the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, State College, PA, February 6-7, 2009.

Kladderadatsch: A German Newspaper Perspective on the Civil War and Its International Context.” Paper presented at the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression, Chattanooga, TN, November 13-15, 2008.

“1860-61: The International Context of the Secession Year.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Columbus, OH, June 26-28, 2008.

“United States and German States Diplomatic Relations during the Civil War.” Paper presented at the Louisiana Regional Phi Alpha Theta Meeting during the Louisiana Historical Association Conference, Lafayette, LA, March 14, 2006.

 

Podcast and Other Public Appearances

“Coffee and Hardtack with Dr. Niels Eichhorn,” with The Civil War Museum, Kenosha, WI.

“Liberty and Slavery: European Separatists, Southern Secession, and the American Civil War,” with Gerry Prokopowicz at Civil War Talk Radio, September 16, 2020.

“The Realpolitik of Nineteenth Century War and Nationalism,” with The Tattooed Historian, June 12, 2020. 

“Ranger Chat on Reconstruction: Dr. Niels Eichhorn,” with Ranger Chris Barr at Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, May 11, 2020.

“The Influence of European Separatists on Southern Secession with Niels Eichhorn,” with the Age of Jackson Podcast, February 14, 2020.

“Atlantic History in the 19th Century with Niels Eichhorn,” with Keith Harris at Rogue Historian, May 13, 2019. 

“Secession, the Civil War, and a Transnational Perspective with Niels Eichhorn,” with Keith Harris at Rogue Historian, November 13, 2019. 

 

Teaching Experience

 College on the Move: Living History Tour at Middle Georgia State University (Director)

June 2015 Antebellum and Civil War South

June 2016 History of the Carolinas

June 2017 History of Virginia

 

Central Georgia Technical College

History of the United States to 1877 (online)

World History to 1500 (online)

 

Valdosta State University

History of the United States to 1877 (online)

 

Montclair State University

Introduction to American Studies (online)

 

Middle Georgia State University/College:

History of the United States to 1877 (face-to-face and online)

History of the United States since 1877 (face-to-face and hybird)

World Civilization since 1650

Senior Research Seminar

Introduction to Public History

The Long Age of Revolution, 1688-1861

This course challenges the often-used chronology of the Age of Revolution by introducing student to an earlier starting and later end. The course comparatively explores: the Glorious Revolution, American Revolution, French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, Spanish-American Independence, the Revolutions of 1830 (I utilize an innovative Atlantic approach here), the Revolutions of 1848, and the American Civil War.

American West(s)

Using an innovative comparative and transnational approach, the American West(s) class disentangles the myths and legends from the real history of the American West and shows how the experiences of Native people, frontier hunters, explorers, overland trail settlers, ranchers and cowboys, soldiers and law officials, and minority groups were not unique to the American West, but common in other west(s). The course also has a strong public history component to think about the role of history, environment, tourism, and politics in the western states.

Revolutionary America

America, 1815-1848

Civil War and Reconstruction

Gilded Age and Progressive Era

U.S. Diplomatic History

Old South

Nineteenth Century South

Readings in Civil War Historiography

This was an independent readings class with a student interested in pursuing Civil War History on the graduate level. The class provided an introduction to historiography with roughly a book per week on various topics on the Civil War.

 

University of Arkansas:

History of the United States to 1877

History of the United States since 1877

World Civilization since 1500

Global Civil War

The innovative Global Civil War course present the American Civil War in a comparative and transnational context. The course compares the events of the American Civil War with to name only three examples the Taiping Rebellion in China, the Paraguayan War, and the Wars of Unification in Germany.

Nineteenth Century Europe

Twentieth Century Europe

 

Public History Experience

Public History Graduate Certificate for Middle Georgia State University (proposed)

Internship Coordinator, Department of History, Middle Georgia State University

Existing Internships: New Town (Macon, GA)

New Internships: Hay House Museum (Macon, GA), Big House Museum (Macon, GA), Aviation Museum (Warner Robins, GA), Ocmulgee National Monument (Macon, GA)

College on the Move Program 2015, 2016, 2017

The Great War: Turmoil, Destruction, Struggle, Legacy, Fall 2017 (Exhibit, Website, Education Material)

Irish Separatism and Southern Secession, digital exhibit on nielseichhorn.com

Stone Mountain Historical Society, Atlanta, GA

History of Medical Practice and James Riley Wells (1872-1945), Fall 2015 (Exhibit)

Historic Madison Morgan Foundation, Madison, GA

Interpretation Plan for the Central of Georgia Depot (1900-1960), Fall 2015

 

H-Net Service

 Vice-President Research and Publication (elected for two-year term, 2021-2022)

Chief Editor H-CivWar (Discussion Editor and Review Editor)

         -author interviews (website and YouTube)

         -conference reports

         -recruited Museum Review Editor (Glenn Brasher), Social Media Coordinator (John Legg), and Resource Manager (Chase McCarter)

         -review editor search chair

         -build partnerships with McCormick Civil War Institute (Shenandoah University), George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War (Shepherd University), Virginia Center for Civil War Studies (Virginia Tech)

 

Professional Memberships

Southern Historical Association (Life Member)

European History Section of the SHA (Life Member)

Society of Civil War Historians (Life Member)

Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society

 

Languages

German (fluent), English (fluent), French (reading proficiency), Danish (reading proficiency)

 

University Service and Positions

2016-2020                    International Program Review Board

2015-2020                    Departmental Curriculum Committee

2013-2020                    Program Committee, Department of History

2013-2020                    adviser History Student Organization

2017-2018                    Internship Coordinator

2016-2018                    Technology Resource Committee

2014-2016                    Academic Affairs Committee

2011-2012                    Vice-President of the Society of European Historians at the U of A

2010-2011                    Secretary/Treasurer of the U of A’s Phi Alpha Theta’s Alpha Chapter

2010-2011                    Secretary of the Society of European Historians at the U of A

2007-2008                    assistant editor for Clio’s Quill (student journal published by Phi Alpha Theta’s Epsilon Xi Chapter, ULL)

2007-2008                    Vice-President of Phi Alpha Theta’s Epsilon Xi Chapter, ULL

2005-2006                    President of the German Club, ULL

 

Community and Professional Service

2014                              volunteer tour guide at Andersonville National Historic Site

2014-2019                     judge at Georgia National History Day