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Christopher Bilodeau

Associate Professor of History (2006)

Contact Information

bilodeac@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 207
717.245.1385

Bio

He focuses his research on the history of American Indian-European interaction during the American colonial period, paying particular attention to the French, English, and Indian interaction. He teaches courses on Colonial America, the American Revolution, American Indian History, and the roles that violence plays in colonial situations.

Education

  • B.A., University of Vermont, 1991
  • M.A., Brown University, 1994
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1998
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2006

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

HIST 117 American Hist 1607 to 1877
This course covers colonial, revolutionary, and national America through Reconstruction. Include attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.

MEMS 200 Age of Atlantic Exploration
Cross-listed with HIST 211-01.This course will examine the various contacts and interactions that shaped the culture of the Atlantic World between roughly the 1450s and 1620s. We will look at the variety of people and cultures that engaged with one another on the rim of the Atlantic Ocean: Spanish, Portuguese, Swede, Dutch, French, English, African, and the native peoples throughout the New World. We will not focus solely on North America, but will instead take a wider perspective that includes the development of the four continents that share the ocean. In doing so, we'll interrogate the idea of exploration and what it meant throughout this period; the differences between colonial projects and their reception; and the roles that all of these cultures played in creating an Atlantic World of incredible complexity, nuance, tension, and accommodation.

HIST 204 Intro Historical Methodology
Local archives and libraries serve as laboratories for this project-oriented seminar that introduces beginning majors to the nature of history as a discipline, historical research techniques, varied forms of historical evidence and the ways in which historians interpret them, and the conventions of historical writing. Prerequisite: one previous course in history.

HIST 211 Age of Atlantic Exploration
Cross-listed with MEMS 200-01.This course will examine the various contacts and interactions that shaped the culture of the Atlantic World between roughly the 1450s and 1620s. We will look at the variety of people and cultures that engaged with one another on the rim of the Atlantic Ocean: Spanish, Portuguese, Swede, Dutch, French, English, African, and the native peoples throughout the New World. We will not focus solely on North America, but will instead take a wider perspective that includes the development of the four continents that share the ocean. In doing so, we'll interrogate the idea of exploration and what it meant throughout this period; the differences between colonial projects and their reception; and the roles that all of these cultures played in creating an Atlantic World of incredible complexity, nuance, tension, and accommodation.