Dr. Marion W. Gray
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1971)
Modern Germany; Gender History; Agricultural and Environmental History
Office: (269) 387-4645
4416 Friedmann Hall
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334
I teach a variety of courses in European history, gender history, the social and political history of modern Germany, agricultural history, and environmental history. At the introductory level I teach Western Civilization and World History. I am delighted to regularly offer Western’s acclaimed core course for history majors, “Introduction to the Study of History.” At the graduate level, my teaching focuses often on gender, environment, and rural life. Chronologically, my advanced and graduate courses emphasize the age of the Enlightenment and Revolution, ca. 1750-1850, in German-speaking Europe. I work with graduate students in other contexts of modern European history, gender history, and environmental history.
Much of my research focuses on the transitional era spanning the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century, especially in German-speaking Europe. This period of the “Enlightenment” and of the French Revolution brought profound changes in the fabric of society of Central Europe. My work analyzes these changes from the perspectives of government, law, agriculture, environment, and gender. I am especially interested in the ways in which the creation of a modern market economy and scientific agriculture changed the lives of ordinary women and men. I am currently researching the environmental history of two villages in Brandenburg: Schlalach and Steglitz, the latter of which became a district of Berlin in the twentieth century. I am interested in the ways in which inhabitants of these two places transformed their landscape and their relationship with the land, over a long chronology, reaching from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. (Read More)
“Urban Sewage and Green Meadows: Berlin’s Expansion to the South 1870-1920.” Central European History 47 (2014): 275-306.
“Ökologie, Gesellung und Herrschaft im königlichen Vorwerksdorf Schlalach in den 1760er Jahren” in Ländliche Ökonomien: Arbeit und Gesellung in der frühneuzeitlichen Agrargesellschaft, Silke Lesemann and Axel Lubinski, eds. 125-148. Aufklärung und Europa: Schriftenreihe des Forshungszentrums Europäische Aufklärung; e.V. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2007.
Gender in Transition: Discourse and Practice in German-Speaking Europe, 1750-1830. Co-edited with Ulrike Gleixner. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006.
“Microhistory as Universal History” (review article) Central European History 34 (2001): 419-431.
Productive Men and Reproductive Women: The Agrarian Household and the Emergence of Separate Spheres during the German Enlightenment. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2000.