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Clemson History Department Mourns the Death of Professor David Nicholas

Professor David Nicholas came to Clemson in 1989 where he served as chair of the department and professor of medieval history. He retired in 2006 as Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor Emeritus of History. Prior to coming to Clemson, Dr Nicholas received his Ph.D. (1967) from Brown University and taught at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. He was a widely respected scholar of medieval Northern Europe, particularly the economic and urban history of late medieval Flanders.  

Dr Nicholas published important contributions to medieval studies, with books including The Domestic Life of a Medieval City: Women, Children, and the Family in Fourteenth-Century Ghent (Lincoln, NE, 1985); Medieval Flanders (London, 1992); The Growth of the Medieval City: From Late Antiquity to the Early Fourteenth Century (London, 1997); The Later Medieval City 1300-1500 (London, 1997); The Transformation of Europe (London, 1999); Urban Europe, 1100-1700 (Basingstoke, 2003); and The Northern Lands: Germanic Europe, c. 1270-c. 1500 (Oxford, 2009). He also authored numerous book chapters and articles in prestigious journals such as The American Historical Review, The English Historical Review, Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire, Past and Present, and Annales. To further his research, Dr Nicholas won significant grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  

As a teacher, Dr Nicholas taught courses on medieval History, early English history, the era of the Hundred Years War, premodern cities, and early European family life. Upon his retirement from Clemson, his colleagues missed his willingness to offer helpful advice to younger colleagues and loud classical music blaring from his office. He continued to teach older adults through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and supported various charitable organizations and missions locally and abroad. The Department of History offers our condolences to the family of Professor David Nicholas.

Clemson certificate program for faculty, staff continues broad initiative to tell University’s complete history

Clemson University historian Paul Anderson is now teaching a workshop for faculty and staff titled “Community and History at Clemson,” which takes a hard look at some of the difficult truths of Clemson’s past. The workshop was part of the curriculum for a new Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate (SIEC) program designed to help faculty, staff and graduate students develop the skills needed for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion at Clemson.

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Department of History and Geography - Newsletter

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