2016-2017 Books by UND Authors at Chester Fritz Library

Books on History & Archeology

Life and Times of the Atomic Bomb: Nuclear Weapons and the Transformation of Warfare

Albert I. Berger (AB, Cornell, 1969; MA, PhD, Northern Illinois University, 1972, 1978) teaches the 20th- and 21st century history of the United States, military history, and the history of United States foreign relations. Dr. Berger's first research explored popular responses to scientific and technological change in the mid-20th century United States. Dr. Berger has served as a member of North Dakota's State Historical Board since 2001. He served as the Board's President from 2007 to 2009, and was recently re-appointed to a sixth three-year term as a member.

Life and Times of the Atomic Bomb takes up the question of how the world found itself in the age of nuclear weapons – and how it has since tried to find a way out of it. Albert I. Berger charts the story of nuclear weapons from their origins through the Atomic Age and the Cold War up through the present day, arguing that an understanding of the history of nuclear weapons is crucial to modern efforts to manage them. This book examines topics including nuclear strategy debates, weapon system procurement decisions, and arms control conferences through the people and leaders who experienced them.

Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future

Also published online through The Digital Press at UND with the aid of Professor William "Bill" Caraher. Bill Caraher took his Ph.D. from Ohio State in 2003. He teaches History 101: Western Civilization and History 240: The Historians Craft. His research interests include the Late Antique East, Byzantium, and Mediterranean archaeology. 

Mobilizing the Past is a collection of 20 articles that explore the use and impact of mobile digital technology in archaeological field practice. The detailed case studies present in this volume range from drones in the Andes to iPads at Pompeii, digital workflows in the American Southwest, and examples of how bespoke, DIY, and commercial software provide solutions and craft novel challenges for field archaeologists. The range of projects and contexts ensures that Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future is far more than a state-of-the-field manual or technical handbook. Instead, the contributors embrace the growing spirit of critique present in digital archaeology. This critical edge, backed by real projects, systems, and experiences, gives the book lasting value as both a glimpse into present practices as well as the anxieties and enthusiasm associated with the most recent generation of mobile digital tools. This book emerged from a workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities held in 2015 at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. The workshop brought together over 20 leading practitioners of digital archaeology in the U.S. for a weekend of conversation. The papers in this volume reflect the discussions at this workshop with significant additional content. Starting with an expansive introduction and concluding with a series of reflective papers, this volume illustrates how tablets, connectivity, sophisticated software, and powerful computers have transformed field practices and offer potential for a radically transformed discipline.

Picking the President

Eric Burin earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign in 1998. The following year, Dr. Burin joined the History faculty at the University of North Dakota. Over the years, Dr. Burin has taught undergraduate and graduate classes on a variety of topics, including the Early American Republic, the Civil War Era, Comparative Slavery, and African-American History.

The 2016 presidential election sparked increased interest in the Electoral College. In response to Donald Trump winning the presidency despite losing the popular vote, numerous individuals weighed in with letters-to-the-editor, op-eds, blog posts, videos, and the like. Thanks to the revolution in digital communications, these items have reached an exceptionally wide audience. In short, never before have so many people had so much to say about the Electoral College. This collection offers brief essays that examine the Electoral College from different disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, mathematics, political science, history, and pedagogy. Picking the President is also available online through The Digital Press at UND.

Corinth Excavations Archaeological Manual

Also published online through The Digital Press at UND with the aid of Professor William "Bill" Caraher. Bill Caraher took his Ph.D. from Ohio State in 2003. He teaches History 101: Western Civilization and History 240: The Historians Craft. His research interests include the Late Antique East, Byzantium, and Mediterranean archaeology. 

Archaeology in Greece as the primary training excavation for graduate students associated with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. As a result, the field manual has had a particular influence among American excavators and projects in Greece, among Mediterranean archaeologists, and in archaeology classrooms"-- Page [4] of cover. Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-144).