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Nineteenth Century Europe

Module Description

European hegemony from Napoleon to the First World War. The industrial revolution. Social conflicts and revolutionary movements. National movements and imperialism.


Dr. Richard Connors, University of Ottawa, Canada

Assistant Professor

To whom it may concern,

I have been asked to provide a summary of the work that Ms. Lisa Grant completed for me as a teaching assistant during the autumn term in 2002 and I do so with pleasure. I had the very good fortune to be assigned Ms. Grant as my teaching assistant in History 2341: Nineteenth Century Europe, a course which, at the University of Ottawa, covers the period from the outbreak of the French Revolution until the onset of the Great War. Taught at the second year level the class had nearly one hundred students and Ms. Grant’s primary responsibility was to see students and provide tutorial advise, guidance and instruction to those who were only just coming to terms with history as a discipline and history-writing as a craft. Moreover, Lisa was also expected to correct and evaluate term papers, a demanding and at times rather difficult task. In this capacity, she was expected to help students come to terms with the provocative arguments, and the complex implications, of Eric Hobsbawm’s renowned work, Nations and Nationalism. She handled these responsibilities with skill, with good humour, and with impressive professionalism. Indeed, her enthusiasm for the field emboldened me to ask her to offer a guest lecture on her chosen (MA memoir) subject, European medical history, which she did with passion and precision. Her lecture was a fine summation of the subject and she carefully and persuasively placed her work within its broader historical contexts. Thus, she made a specialist subject understandable and exciting to a large undergraduate audience. I can attest to the fact that already at this stage in her training Ms. Grant possessed a flair and gift for university teaching. It is from these observations, and from conversations with colleagues who also had the good luck to have Ms. Grant as a TA, that I unreservedly record that her work for me proved her a very gifted and successful teaching assistant. Indeed, her assiduous teaching and research skills were envied by many of her peers at the University of Ottawa. From her impressive teaching experience as a graduate student and guest lecturer, there is every reason to be confident that Lisa Grant will become a university teacher of distinction.

In the event that you wish to further discuss this information, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.